TECE Special Education

Map of Queensland showing number of special schools and number of special education programs in each region. Far North Queensland: special schools 1, special education programs 44, North Queensland: special schools 3, special education programs 50, Central Queensland: special schools 4, special education programs 68, Darling Downs South West: special schools 2, special education programs 66, South East: special schools 6, special education programs 137, Metropolitan: special schools 20, special education programs 163, North Coast: special schools 10, special education programs 145.The Teacher Education Centre of Excellence: Special Education (TECESE) attracts, recruits and develops high quality preservice teachers who are passionate about inclusive education for teaching students with disability.

While the TECESE is based at Aspley Special School, the centre operates across Queensland with all higher education institutions, Special Schools (Spec S) and Special Education Programs (SEPs) to source quality special education teachers for state schools. The Head of each TECE is an experienced teacher and has demonstrated high quality coaching and mentoring skills.

The TECESE is one of six centres across the state operated by the Department of Education and Training.

Program aims

The TECESE program prepares and develops high quality preservice teachers for teaching in inclusive environments with students with disability through:

  • organising additional in-school experience in special schools or SEPs with experienced special educators who will provide support and mentoring
  • building teacher capability in special education through coordinating targeted and relevant professional development, both face-to-face and online.

Program Information

The TECESE offers three programs to meet the needs of all preservice teachers – Excellence, Discovery and BEST DAY OUT.

1. Excellence program
(1 year – 125 hours)
2. Discovery program
(1 semester – 50 hours)
3. BEST DAY OUT!
(1 day – 5 hours)
Who can participate?
High quality final year preservice teachers who are passionate about inclusive education for teaching students with disability.
Who can participate?
2nd, 3rd or final
yearpreservice teachers who are considering a career in special education or would like more experience teaching students with disability, prior to graduation.
Who can participate?
1st, 2nd, 3rd or final year
preservice teachers who would like to experience a special education context and hold a blue card.
What are my commitments?
Over the course of the year:
  • 2 x 10 day flexible placement in special school or special education program with an experienced special educator who will support and mentor you
  • 25 hours of targeted and relevant professional development.
What are my commitments?
Over the course of a semester:
  • 1 x 10 day flexible placement in special school or special education program with an experienced special educator who will support and mentor you
What are my commitments?
  • 1 day (5 hours) event hosted by a Special School or special education program (SEP).
What are the benefits?​ ​
  • Early and conditional offer of permanent employment
  • Extensive experience in a special education context of your preference
  • Access to face-to-face and online professional development
  • Access to the Learning Place and TECESE online community
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to existing scholarships and grants, where applicable
What are the benefits?​ ​
  • Experience in special education contexts
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to the Learning Place and TECESE online community
  • Opportunity to continue into another TECESE Discovery placement or Excellence program, dependent on eligibility.
What are the benefits?​ ​
  • Experience in special education
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to continue into the TECESE Discovery placement or Excellence program, dependent on eligibility.
How do I join the TECESE Excellence program?
Complete the online application form.
How do I join the Discovery program?
Complete the online application form to be considered for the program.
How do I register my interest for a BEST DAY OUT! event?
Complete the register of interest.


Hear from previous TECESE students, Sabrina and Gabrielle, about their experience in the TECESE Excellence program.



Application and selection process for Excellence and Discovery

  1. Complete the online application through Teach Queensland and attach the relevant documentation as per the advertisement.
  2. Based on your application and graduation date, if successful, you will be offered a place in the Excellence or Discovery program, which will outline the relevant incentives.

Alternatively, register your interest to participate in a BDO! event.

Ways for schools to connect with the TECESE

Become a TECESE Lighthouse school

As the TECESE operates across Queensland with all special schools and SEPs to source quality special education teachers for state schools, your school can become a TECESE Lighthouse school by:

  1. Hosting and coordinating a BEST DAY OUT event for a specific number of aspiring special educators, in consultation with the Head of TECESE.
  2. Supporting a TECESE student by matching them with an experienced special educator in your school who will provide support and mentoring, through a TECESE placement.

Enquiries and further information

Please email your name, university, course and graduation semester/year to the Head of TECESE at tece_se@aspleyspecs.eq.edu.au or telephone (07) 3867 2333.

Last updated 24 January 2018