If you're an aspiring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander teacher, there are a range of 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)
Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) offers locally based teacher education programs to enable aspiring teachers to remain in their own communities while they study. The program allows students to inspire others in their community 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 the
Certificate IV and
Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) through
TAFE Queensland North.
These nationally accredited teacher education qualifications are fully recognised and supported by the department and provide direct pathways to becoming a registered teacher. Completion of the Diploma gives a full year of credit towards a
Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.
Find out when enrolments are open on the TAFE
Teaching in remote Indigenous communities
Teachers who have expertise, enthusiasm and the capacity to teach in remote Indigenous contexts are encouraged to consider
teaching in an Indigenous community.
Financial and professional assistance
There are a range of
scholarships and awards available to aspiring and preservice Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers across Queensland, including
Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships.
Outside of the department, the
Aspiration Initiative offer a range of scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wishing to study to become a teacher.
Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU)
Helping to support the more than 40,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Queensland, the
Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU) delivers programs throughout Central Southern Queensland and Far North Queensland.
Indigenous Portal brings together key strategies, programs and initiatives for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from early childhood to employment.
More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI)
MATSITI program was a four-year project that ended in July 2016, aimed at increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people entering and remaining in professional teaching positions in Australian schools. The website provides inspiring stories and resources on becoming a teacher.
Meet some of our deadly
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and get inspired to make a difference.
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