Personal statement for teaching courses

If you've applied for a teaching course at one of the following institutions, you'll need to submit a personal statement:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of New England
  • University of Technology Sydney.

The one personal statement is valid for all teaching preferences to the above institutions.

The University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong no longer require a personal statement as part of the assessment.

Writing your personal statement

In your personal statement, you must address both of the following categories:

Category 1: Interest in teaching and children/young people

Write approximately 500 words (1 page) about your motivation and suitability for teaching.

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher?
  • Why is teaching a good career choice?
  • Why are you interested in teaching young children/young people?
  • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why?
  • What does being a good teacher mean?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities

Write approximately 500 words (1 page) about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate the following:

  • commitment to learning
  • conscientiousness
  • resilience
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • organisation and planning skills.

You could describe examples from your:

  • school experience
    – co-curricular participation (eg arts, sports, debating, social justice
    – projects (eg curriculum projects, science fairs)
    – leadership experiences (eg student leadership positions, arts, sports)
    – support of other learners (eg peer mentoring, coaching, buddy programs)
  • work experience
    – employment history and roles
    – employment involving children or young people
    – work-based training undertaken
    – work-based training provided
  • volunteer and community experience
    – volunteer or community experience (eg community groups, parish/church groups, cadets, lifesaving, fundraising, clubs)
    – community learning and training experiences (eg Guides, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award, St Johns)
  • personal talents, interests and abilities
    – elite performance (eg athletic, creative arts, other areas)
  • disadvantage that you have overcome
    – social, cultural or economic
    – geographical – remote and rural
    – personal and health.

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • What learning activities have I been engaged in?
  • What leadership activities have I undertaken?
  • What activities of personal interest am I involved in?
  • How long have I participated? How am I involved?
  • What tasks or events have I planned and/or organised?
  • How have I shown that I can work with others?
  • What do I do to overcome obstacles, challenges or problems?

Uploading your personal statement

  • Complete and submit your UAC application. (You cannot upload your personal statement in your initial application.)
  • Save your statement as a PDF file. (Read more about document specifications.)
  • Log back in to your application.
  • Go to 'Upload personal documents' and follow the prompts.