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 organisations 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.


Year Awarded Recipient Institution of Recipient
xxxx Professor Bob Meyenn Charles Sturt University
2012 Professor Terry Lovat University of Newcastle
2013 Professor Don Williams University of Western Sydney
2014 Professor Steve Wilson University of Western Sydney
2017 Professor Peter Aubusson University of Technology, Sydney
2018 Professor Toni Downes Charles Sturt University


Life Member Selection and Process document


Avondale University
Sherry Hatingh

Charles Sturt University
Will Letts 

Excelsia College
Daniel Johnston

Alphacrucis University College
Sue Westraad 

Australian Catholic University
Mary Ryan 

Australian College of Physical Education
Kim Goode 

Macquarie University
Deborah Youdell 

Southern Cross University
Amy Cutter-MacKenzie-Knowles

University of Canberra
Barney Dalgarno 

University of New England
Sue Gregory 

University of New South Wales
Tony Loughland 

University of Newcastle
Susan Ledger 

University of Notre Dame
David Geelan

University of Sydney
Kelly Freebody  

University of Technology, Sydney
Andrew Hurley 

University of Wollongong
Penny Van Bergen 

Western Sydney University
Michele Simons 

Members of the Executive


Professor Mary Ryan 
Australian Catholic University

Vice President

Professor Michele Simons 
Western Sydney University


Professor Sue Gregory 
University of New England


Associate Professor Will Lets 
Charles Sturt University

Members of the Executive

Executive Support: Florence Duparcq
Australian Catholic University

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