Available Queensland wide - selected sites
The RATEP program helps increase the number of registered Indigenous teachers and paraprofessionals in Queensland by offering programs in the home communities of the student teachers.
Previously operating only in remote areas, RATEP now reflects a broad community base, including Indigenous communities in urban and rural areas in Queensland as well as remote areas.
RATEP centres are based at 15 school communities in Queensland, where teacher coordinators support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student teachers to become autonomous learners as they complete teaching qualifications.
More than 100 students at these centres are currently enrolled in TAFE Queensland North (TQN) Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma courses, and more than 30 are enrolled in the Bachelor of Education course at James Cook University (JCU).
RATEP offers 4 courses through the TAFE Queensland North (TQN) and James Cook University (JCU). Course candidate selection is based on criteria related to personal and academic suitability.
TAFE Queensland North (TQN)
TQN offers Certificates 3 and 4 in Education (ATSI) and a Diploma of Education (ATSI).
Certificate 3 is usually a 6month course offered over 2 years to Year 11 and 12 students at high schools where RATEP centres operate, e.g. Mossman, Thursday Island and Mt Isa.
Certificate 4 is usually a 6-month course but is offered over 9 months to teacher aides as an on-the-job training program.
Under the RATEP partnership, the Diploma of Education is equal to first year of the JCU Bachelor of Education and is offered to successful applicants who complete an assessment. Find out more about the TQN RATEP courses.
James Cook University (JCU)
JCU offers a Bachelor of Education, which is an additional 3 years of study. You can enrol if you have completed the Diploma in Education through TQN or have equivalent accreditation from JCU for previous study. Find out more about the JCU RATEP course.