VIDEO: SCU graduate named Gold Coast’s best teacher

Southern Cross University alumnus Darren McSwaine has been named the Gold Coast’s best secondary teacher for 2016.

The Elanora State High School maths teacher was recognised by state school principals across the city for his commitment to curriculum development and his engagement with students.

Mr McSwaine studied a postgraduate degree at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast, and told myGC he believes the course helped him gain the necessary skills required to be a successful teacher. “The Education degree was fantastic and I really enjoyed the special education side of it,” he said. “It was also so close to home – I lived at Coolangatta at the time. There was also a great mix of Australian and international students.”


“What I love most about my job is seeing kids succeed,” he said. “It’s the most important job in the world because everyday you are helping to shape the future of Australia.”

SCU Dean of Education Professor Faye McCallum told myGC the University was thrilled with Darren’s achievement. “Darren is one of our stars in the secondary education area. We have really positive alumni working with us, and we like to keep in touch with our students once they graduate,” she said.

Professor McCallum told myGC there is a lot of choice and flexibility for students wanting to study education at SCU. “We have a undergraduate four year Bachelor of Education degree, or a two year Masters degree. Students can choose Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary and the courses are all available on campus or online.”

Find out what it is like to study education at Southern Cross University and see Darren McSwaine in action in the video below:

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