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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as

  • education administrators
  • researchers
  • policy makers
  • career counsellors
  • psychologists
  • members of the defence forces
  • youth ministers
  • family/parish educators

Pathways to further study

Graduates may progress to higher degree research (HDR) or doctoral programs, moving a step closer to making significant contributions to the body of knowledge in a chosen field. You will have the opportunity to elevate your research profile by working alongside world-leading researchers.

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About professional education

Our professional education courses are designed to broaden your understanding and equip you with the necessary skills to make a professional, meaningful and practical contribution to your role. Master your professional knowledge and understanding of enhanced pedagogical practices and theories of educational leadership, management and administration (ELMA). Our programs explore new concepts and approaches to teaching and learning that highlight the partnership of teachers and administrators in building a culture of leadership in schools.

Research-driven program

Our research-driven program is designed to support the capabilities of current and aspiring educational leaders wishing to enhance their leadership capacity within the context of their professional settings and Australian national standards.

Lead by example

Taught by active researchers and experienced practitioners, this discipline explicitly integrates theory and practice to enable graduates to apply the latest research, knowledge and skills to improve their organisations with effective leadership informed by defensible ethical and moral principles.

Meet our staff

Staff profile Jann Carroll

Dr Jann Carroll

Senior lecturer

Dr Jann Carroll is a senior lecturer in the National School of Education based in Canberra. Dr Carroll joined ACU in 2013 and teaches literacy education, humanities education and professional experience units. She was also recently elected as a faculty representative on the ACU academic board.

Prior to taking up these roles at ACU, Dr Carroll taught in Catholic primary schools in the ACT. Dr Carroll returned to study in 2009 and completed her Master of Education, which flowed into a PhD (conferred in 2013). Her doctoral thesis was on boys’ literacy in the middle years and the influence of technology.

Dr Carroll values the opportunity to lead teams of pre-service teachers on overseas Community Engagement experiences. She has taken students to South Africa to work with children who are refugees in school holiday programs, and to Kenya for teacher development. Thus, her research interests include developing pre-service teacher skills to enhance teaching and learning, as well as the influence of new media on pedagogy and literacy education.

In 2016, Dr Carroll was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching and Learning Innovation Award and in 2017, she was awarded an ACU Executive Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. She also received the ACU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement for running her own not-for-profit organisation, Global School Partners, which she does with her husband.

As a course coordinator on the Canberra Campus, Dr Carroll highly values the opportunity to contribute positively to the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of students and improve their student experience.

Staff profile Kim Rowston

Kim Rowston

Senior lecturer

Mrs Kim Rowston is a senior lecturer in the National School of Education based at ACU’s Strathfield Campus. She joined ACU in 2012 and specialises in technologies education curriculum with a focus on fostering pre-service teachers’ understanding and skills to create meaningful learning through the authentic integration of technology pedagogy. She is also particularly interested in social cognitive theory.

Prior to working at ACU, Mrs Rowston initially trained as a technology and applied studies teacher and has 25 years teaching experience in both state and independent schools. During this time, she has held various leadership roles and played a significant part in the design and implementation of integrated STEM cross-curriculum programs. In 1996, Mrs Rowston completed her Master of Education (Computers in Education), and in 2020 she will complete her PhD focusing on technology integration beliefs and practice of career-change pre-service teachers.

Mrs Rowston has published many academic papers; her most recent journal article being Reciprocal causation and the effect of environmental determinants upon the technology beliefs and practice of career-change pre-service teachers (2020). She is also a professional member of the Australian Technologies Teacher Educators Network, as well as the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE).

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