Pathways for Indigenous teachers

​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)

The 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 Qu​eensland 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 Queensland website

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

The 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)

The 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.

Get inspired

Meet some of our deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and get inspired to make a difference.

To keep up-to-date with the latest vacancy listings, and be in the know when our scholarships are released, connect with us.

Last updated 07 November 2018

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