The NSWCDE is the peak body representing NSW Teacher Education Providers, University Faculties and Schools of Education. The NSWCDE leads the delivery and development of education programs, partnerships and research. It acts as an advocate for pre-service and in-service teacher education.

The NSWCDE fulfils its role by

  • Providing a forum in which Deans of Education and others concerned with education meet to share information about education,
  • Facilitating collaboration in education including facilitating collaboration of special interest groups within education,
  • Encouraging and supporting research in education,
  • Establishing mechanisms for monitoring the quality and status of education,
  • Debating education issues of policy and administration,
  • Providing independent professional comment and advice to Government and other agencies on issues in education,
  • Providing an informed public voice on matters associated with education,
  • Affiliating with other organizations with interests in education.

NSWCDE is the state affiliate of the Australian Council of Deans of Education for New South Wales.


“In terms of student achievement, the teacher is a more significant factor than any other kind of school resource.” (US National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future)

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” (Lee Iacocca)

“Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was.” (Helen Keller)

“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile… But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move… Education thus conceived marks the most perfect and intimate union of science and art conceivable in human experience.” (John Dewey)

There are many reasons why people choose teaching as a career. These include:

  • To make a difference in the lives of young people;
  • To combine creativity and intellectual challenge;
  • To make a worthwhile social contribution;
  • To share their passion for learning, especially in a particular area;
  • Personal fulfilment and a sense of achievement.

Teach… and make a difference.


Avondale College
Peter Kilgour 

Charles Sturt University
David Smith

Excelsia College
Peter Stiles 

Alphacrucis College
David Hastie 

Australian Catholic University
Elizabeth Labone 

Australian College of Physical Education
Kim Goode 

Macquarie University
Mary Ryan 

Southern Cross University
Amy Cutter-MacKenzie-Knowles

University of Canberra
Barney Dalgarno 

University of New England
Sue Gregory 

University of New South Wales
Kim Beswick 

University of Newcastle
Susan Ledger 

University of Notre Dame
Lauren Stephenson 

University of Sydney
Wayne Cotton 

University of Technology, Sydney
Lesley Harbon 

University of Wollongong
Shirley Agostinho 

Western Sydney University
Michele Simons 

Members of the Executive


Professor Mary Ryan 
Macquarie University

Vice President

Professor Sue Bennett 
University of Wollongong


Associate Professor David Smith 
Charles Sturt University


Professor Michele Simons 
Western Sydney University

Members of the Executive

Executive Support: Yana Jiang  
Macquarie University

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