The top 3 Teacher Education universities in Australia for 2017 are

  1. Australian Catholic University
  2. Queensland University of Technology
  3. University of New England

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • education faculty size (student numbers)
  • graduate and student satisfaction with teaching courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Teacher Education field definition

Teacher Education includes Early Childhood, and Primary and Secondary.

Detailed study areas: Teacher-Librarianship, Teacher Education (specialising in Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education and Special Education), English as a Second Language Teaching and Curriculum and Education Studies, Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Nursing Education Teacher Training.

Australian Catholic University

The teaching and education program at ACU is ranked 1st in Australia.

The program is Australia's biggest and gets solid course ratings and graduate outcomes.

Queensland University of Technology

The Faculty of Education at QUT is second in the subject rankings for Teacher Education in 2017.

The Faculty achieves a high course satisfaction rate among recent graduates. QUT's indicative salary for education graduates is also impressive, indicating a high employment rate.

University of New England

The (mainly online) School of Education program at UNE is in the top 3 for Australia.

UNE scores highly for program size and course satisfaction.

Teacher Education Rankings

Rank University Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 Australian Catholic University 10,333 81% $48,555 218
2 Queensland University of Technology 2,947 89% $51,624 217
3 University of New England 5,488 90% $46,265 204
4 Deakin University 4,926 89% $47,177 204
5 University of Southern Queensland 4,052 81% $51,966 201
6 Griffith University 2,816 85% $51,131 194
7 Western Sydney University 2,465 82% $54,265 192
8 Charles Darwin University 5,383 76% $54,151 183
9 Monash University 3,749 80% $49,866 181
10 University of Wollongong 3,174 90% $45,303 172
11 Edith Cowan University 3,650 87% $42,279 155
12 University of Notre Dame Australia 812 92% $46,441 149
13 University of South Australia 3,010 84% $44,797 146
14 CQUniversity 1,593 81% $50,884 145
15 Federation University Australia 2,848 81% $47,751 142
16 Charles Sturt University 5,001 73% $47,774 142
17 James Cook University 2,622 74% $52,170 138
18 University of the Sunshine Coast 1,053 82% $50,202 135
19 University of Canberra 3,867 76% $48,394 130
20 Flinders University 3,583 83% $41,131 128
21 RMIT University 2,434 82% $45,491 126
22 University of Queensland 2,134 73% $50,311 126
23 Macquarie University 3,484 81% $43,626 125
24 University of Sydney 1,657 82% $43,696 116
25 University of Technology Sydney 3,050 81% $43,165 115
26 University of Newcastle 2,602 84% $40,703 115
27 Curtin University 4,762 80% $41,517 108
28 La Trobe University 4,130 68% $45,125 94
29 University of Tasmania 1,765 76% $41,908 79
30 University of Adelaide 3,629 72% $42,617 75
31 Victoria University 1,130 75% $43,910 70
32 University of New South Wales 3,317 73% $39,006 63
33 Southern Cross University 4,060 75% $38,981 63
34 Murdoch University 2,932 67% $41,022 47

Updated: 9 September 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Education Faculty Size

Rank University Students Undergraduate Postgraduate International
1 Australian Catholic University 10333 6101 4232 212
2 University of Melbourne 5042 1219 3823 509
3 University of New England 5488 3596 1892 56
4 Deakin University 4926 2908 2018 180
5 Charles Sturt University 5001 3420 1581 202
6 University of Southern Queensland 4052 1969 2083 240
7 Monash University 3749 1320 2429 779
8 Edith Cowan University 3650 1590 2060 154
9 Flinders University 3583 1942 1641 479
10 Queensland University of Technology 2947 1079 1868 156
11 La Trobe University 4130 3182 948 224
12 Charles Darwin University 5383 4790 593 267
13 Griffith University 2816 1376 1440 245
14 University of South Australia 3010 1876 1134 232
15 Macquarie University 3484 2682 802 320
16 Curtin University 4762 4305 457 233
17 University of New South Wales 3317 2482 835 112
18 University of Wollongong 3174 2310 864 121
19 Swinburne University of Technology 2227 688 1539 79
20 University of Newcastle 2602 1525 1077 161
21 University of Technology Sydney 3050 2377 673 129
22 University of Canberra 3867 3433 434 239
23 Murdoch University 2932 2263 669 157
24 Western Sydney University 2465 0 2465 209
25 Southern Cross University 4060 3727 333 19
26 University of Adelaide 3629 3274 355 196
27 University of Queensland 2134 1410 724 162
28 University of Western Australia 2041 1264 777 149
29 Federation University Australia 2848 2412 436 50
30 University of Sydney 1657 509 1148 262
31 University of Tasmania 1765 1001 764 71
32 James Cook University 2622 2239 383 102
33 RMIT University 2434 2029 405 84
34 CQUniversity 1593 1280 313 46
35 Victoria University 1130 0 1130 275
36 University of the Sunshine Coast 1053 713 340 127
37 University of Notre Dame Australia 812 11 801 11
38 Bond University 1319 1272 47 15
39 Australian National University 64 2 62 17

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Education)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank University Graduates Students Overall
1 University of Notre Dame Australia 90% 93% 92%
2 Swinburne University of Technology 90% 91%
3 University of Wollongong 94% 87% 90%
4 University of New England 92% 88% 90%
5 Queensland University of Technology 90% 88% 89%
6 Deakin University 89% 88% 89%
7 Edith Cowan University 85% 88% 87%
8 Griffith University 83% 85% 85%
9 University of Newcastle 84% 83% 84%
10 University of South Australia 85% 82% 84%
11 Flinders University 82% 83% 83%
12 RMIT University 84% 81% 82%
13 Western Sydney University 86% 75% 82%
14 University of Sydney 81% 81% 82%
15 University of the Sunshine Coast 83% 80% 82%
16 Federation University Australia 78% 83% 81%
17 University of Southern Queensland 81% 81% 81%
18 CQUniversity 85% 79% 81%
19 Australian Catholic University 79% 82% 81%
20 Macquarie University 86% 77% 81%
21 University of Technology Sydney 85% 75% 81%
22 Curtin University 78% 81% 80%
23 Monash University 79% 80% 80%
24 Charles Darwin University 74% 76% 76%
25 University of Tasmania 69% 78% 76%
26 University of Canberra 73% 76% 76%
27 Victoria University 73% 75% 75%
28 Southern Cross University 77% 73% 75%
29 James Cook University 74% 73% 74%
30 University of Queensland 75% 72% 73%
31 Charles Sturt University 72% 73% 73%
32 University of New South Wales 84% 68% 73%
33 University of Adelaide 80% 70% 72%
34 La Trobe University 73% 66% 68%
35 Murdoch University 65% 67% 67%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by overall satisfaction among current students and recent graduates, with an adjustment for lower average satisfaction rates among current students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 Western Sydney University 18% 78% 5% $54,265
2 Charles Darwin University 81% 3% 16% $54,151
3 James Cook University 87% 1% 11% $52,170
4 University of Southern Queensland 82% 4% 14% $51,966
5 Queensland University of Technology 86% 4% 10% $51,624
6 Griffith University 83% 3% 14% $51,131
7 CQUniversity 87% 3% 10% $50,884
8 University of Queensland 80% 4% 15% $50,311
9 University of the Sunshine Coast 83% 4% 14% $50,202
10 Monash University 59% 23% 18% $49,866
11 Australian Catholic University 72% 5% 23% $48,555
12 University of Canberra 70% 4% 25% $48,394
13 Charles Sturt University 72% 4% 23% $47,774
14 Federation University Australia 72% 4% 25% $47,751
15 Deakin University 68% 8% 24% $47,177
16 University of Notre Dame Australia 65% 4% 31% $46,441
17 University of New England 70% 3% 27% $46,265
18 RMIT University 69% 3% 29% $45,491
19 University of Wollongong 60% 7% 33% $45,303
20 La Trobe University 63% 8% 29% $45,125
21 University of South Australia 68% 3% 30% $44,797
22 Victoria University 49% 20% 31% $43,910
23 University of Sydney 59% 5% 36% $43,696
24 Macquarie University 64% 5% 31% $43,626
25 University of Technology Sydney 60% 4% 37% $43,165
26 University of Adelaide 57% 5% 38% $42,617
27 Edith Cowan University 54% 5% 41% $42,279
28 University of Tasmania 59% 6% 35% $41,908
29 Curtin University 56% 4% 41% $41,517
30 Flinders University 51% 7% 43% $41,131
31 Murdoch University 55% 3% 42% $41,022
32 University of Newcastle 53% 6% 41% $40,703
33 University of New South Wales 44% 11% 46% $39,006
34 Southern Cross University 51% 4% 45% $38,981

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.