Short teaching courses

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At the School of Education, we understand your learning and professional development does not stop after you complete a bachelor or master's degree in education. As a leading university in teacher education, we provide a broad range of study modes from online education to short courses and higher education degrees. Our short and online course offering is constantly evolving to meet teacher education needs.

Our current opportunities for short course and online education utilise technology to help improve our offering of special education, educational leadership and gifted education. Our online teaching courses are led by renowned academics such as Iva Strnadová, Professor in Special and Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. At the School of Education, we deliver in-person and online programs across a broad spectrum of professional learning courses to help you up-skill and advance your career as a school teacher or education professional.

Professional learning short courses


GERRIC at the School of Education offers face-to-face and online sessions for the Mini-COGE, the Mini-COGE Advanced: More curriculum differentiation and the Mini-COGE Advanced: Gifted learners with disability.

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Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

Recent statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that 1 in 125 people are autistic. However, the knowledge gap on autism is expanding within our mainstream schools. Teachers are reported to be under "unprecedented pressure" (Barker, 2019), and according to the ABC, for students, "the consequences of the autism knowledge gap can be life-changing" (Keating, 2023).

Students on the autism spectrum deserve high quality education. High quality education recognises students' dignity, builds on students' strength, and is grounded in high expectations, self determination development and use of evidence-based practices. This short course is intended to upskill teachers and learning support officers to provide high quality education to students on the autism spectrum in any educational setting.

Led by 's Professor Iva Strnadová and Dr Joanne Danker, the short course will cover two broad domains:

  • Evidence-Based Practices for Social and Communication Skills and Sensory Issues
  • School Transitions, Collaboration with Families, and Life-Span Perspective.

You'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to best implement immediate adjustments and support for all students in your classroom, irrespective of their abilities.

The course will be delivered online and include 2 live sessions, self-paced guided modules, and an evidence-based practice mini research project. The time commitment required for this course is 25 hours across 4 weeks.

Critical Interpretation and Classroom Pedagogy in Visual Arts

About the workshop

This course provides a unique opportunity for teachers seeking professional learning in visual arts or students enrolled in the Master of Education to investigate artworks from the AGNSW in conjunction with investigations of the research and pedagogy of critical interpretation in art education.

You will engage first-hand with selected artworks and research these by applying the practices of the critic and the historian. This research, combined with in-depth learning about the development of critical interpretation as a form of reasoning in classroom exchanges, will inform your further work in designing and implementing high-quality teaching and learning programs in visual arts. Consideration will be given to how you can support students to build interpretations in the classroom of artworks that reflect the diversity of discourses within international contemporary art.

Course content will address:

  • recent research on how students’ interpretations of art are structured and contribute to their knowledge and understanding of visual arts
  • the role of explanatory frameworks (the Frames) in supporting students’ developing interpretations of contemporary art practice
  • teaching strategies that support students to adopt the role of an art critic through critical reasoning exchanges in the classroom in Years K-12 Visual Arts.
  • how to design teaching and learning programs geared to the students’ learning needs in a particular stage that provide opportunities for them to extend their knowledge and understanding of art writing and critical practice
  • approaches to implementing assessment for learning in art criticism and how students’ critical understanding of art can be assessed.

Engaging in this course will deepen your knowledge and understanding of ways you can support students’ learning in K-12 Visual Arts. Particular emphasis will be given to strategies you can use to support students to adopt the role of the critic and construct and represent informed points of view about the meaning/s of art.

This course runs on demand. Please contact for further information or to register your interest.

Mentoring and coaching

Professional Learning with Associate Professor Tony Loughland and AIS Education Consultant: Teaching and Learning, Jorja Marum.

This course can be organised as an in-service delivered to a group of teachers at your school. Email us at to enquire about an in-service.

Interested in this course and would like an update when future sessions become available? Email us at

About the workshop

The third level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers requires that Highly Accomplished Teachers be able to demonstrate with evidence that they are able to support and assist less experienced colleagues with all aspects of their professional knowledge, practice and professional engagement.

Our mentoring workshops enable teacher mentor and coach to build upon their current knowledge and skills to be effective in a standard-based professional learning culture.

The modules:

  • Reinforce and affirm the basic skills of mentoring and coaching.
  • Use the GROW model as a foundation for mentoring and coaching.
  • Teach participants evidence-based, innovative mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Assist participants to position their practice within a standards-based professional learning culture.

All three workshops draw from a range of resources, including research articles, policy documents, pro-formas and video excerpts. The interactive and collaborative tasks allow participants the opportunity to practise the skills of mentoring in an enjoyable learning environment.

This course enables teachers to access Recognition of Prior Learning.

Short teaching courses & workshops

The School of Education provides professional learning programs and consultancies to education departments around Australia and to state, Catholic and independent schools. Our presenters are current academics with many years of experience and expertise from successful teaching careers, with a wealth of educational knowledge. 

Our events feature renowned academics who specialise in a variety of areas, including:

  • Gifted Education with Associate Professor Jae Jung
  • Educational Psychology with Professor Andrew Martin
  • Special and Inclusive Education with Professor Terry Cumming and Dr Iva Strnadová
  • Visual Arts Education with Dr Karen Maras

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