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Study options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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Pathways

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who aspire to become teachers can explore pathways and programs to reach their goal of becoming a leader in the classroom and role model in your community.

Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP)

Study teaching without leaving your community!

The Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) offers locally-based teacher education programs to help you remain in your own community while you study. We can help you in your desire to inspire others in your community as a teacher-in-training.

RATEP provides suitable teacher aides and other school employees the opportunity to study part-time for their Certificate IV and Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) through TAFE Queensland North.

These nationally accredited teacher-in-training qualifications provide a direct pathway for you to become a registered teacher in Queensland. Completion of the Diploma will also give you a full year of credit towards a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.

Find out when enrolments are open on the TAFE Queensland website.

Financial and professional assistance

We’re here to support you as you begin your teaching career. There are a range of scholarships available to all aspiring teachers, and specific opportunities for preservice Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers, including our Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship.

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Inspiring children to reach their goals

Shirley is an experienced teacher at Heatley State School in Townsville, Queensland with 32 years experience. She is proud to help all students to reach their goals.

Giving children the grounding for the rest of their life

In this video, hear Baressa's insight into her world as Principal at Bellenden Ker State School in beautiful Far North Queensland, and why she enjoys being a teacher.

Teaching is full of variety and finding out new things

Primary school teacher Gregg reflects on how teaching has given him the opportunity to do something he is passionate about and to share his culture. Gregg talks about the fun and variety he’s had during his 21-year teaching career, which has taken him around Queensland and other parts of the world.

Tammy’s journey into teaching

Tammy is a teacher at Bwgcoloman Community School on Palm Island in Queensland. She started her teaching journey in her forties and has been teaching for five years. She shares stories of life as a teacher and how being empowered herself she is able to empower others.

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Last updated 09 March 2020