As part of the NSW Teacher Supply Strategy, the NSW Department of Education is launching a pilot program to support up to 100 School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) to train as teachers within NSW public schools.

The Grow Your Own - Teacher Training Program will commence in Term 1, 2023, with a focus on rural, regional and high-demand metropolitan areas. The program will look to expand after the pilot with additional information being released as it becomes available.

The department has partnered with Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University to deliver an accredited and flexible teaching degree to meet the needs of experienced SLSOs.

Ongoing support
  • $10,000 training allowance per year (up to $30,000)
  • Engage in information and peer networking sessions
Guaranteed employment
  • Receive a permanent position in a NSW public school upon successful completion of your studies
Employment whilst studying
  • Remain employed as an SLSO in your current school while studying
  • Work part-time as an educational paraprofessional in your final four semesters of study
Study options
  • Study a combined Bachelor and Masters degree at Charles Sturt University or a Bachelor or Masters degree at Western Sydney University
  • Flexible delivery with online study available
  • Bridging course available to boost foundational skills

University information

For more information about the university courses or Recognition of Prior Learning, see below:

Charles Sturt University
Western Sydney University

Online information session

An online information session was hosted by the NSW Department of Education in conjunction with Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University on Wednesday, 16 November 2022.

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