Pathways for Indigenous teachers
Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders aspiring to become a teacher can explore a few pathways and programs to help you reach your 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!
Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) offers locally-based teacher education programs to help you remain in your own community while you study. We want to help you inspire others in your community as a teacher-in-training while increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and paraprofessionals in Queensland.
RATEP also 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 education qualifications provide direct pathways 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 Scholarships.
In addition to our support, you could also check out the
Aspiration Initiative, which offers scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wishing to study to become a teacher.