RATEP: Community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education
RATEP is a community-based teacher education pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and Tropical North Queensland TAFE. It enables Indigenous people to remain within their local community whilst completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Education at a RATEP site or Thursday Island campus.
Bachelor of Education (Primary) via RATEP
JCU’s School of Education has pioneered the delivery of teacher education programs to remote and regional Indigenous communities throughout Queensland. RATEP delivers the Bachelor of Education through interactive multimedia course materials, combined with short on-campus sessions in Townsville. You will be studying the same subjects with the same lecturers as JCU students in Townsville and Cairns.
You will also receive additional support from Education Queensland Teacher Coordinators at each site and the School of Education Indigenous Student Support Officer. Professional experience is undertaken in schools in students’ local communities as well as in Townsville. The success of the program can be seen in the growing number of Indigenous teachers in our region.
As registered teachers with a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University, graduates are qualified for employment as primary school teachers anywhere in Queensland and beyond.
RATEP entry pathways:
QTAC entry pathway
OP eligible students who live in locations where there is a RATEP site can apply through QTAC for entry in the four year (full time) Bachelor of Education (Primary).
TAFE Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) pathway
Students with a Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) can apply directly for entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary). You can also gain the equivalent of one year’s credit towards the degree.
Combined Tertiary Access and Bachelor of Education pathway: Thursday Island only
Indigenous people who can study on Thursday Island can combine JCU’s Tertiary Access Course (TAC) with the first year of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) to provide the skills need to complete a university degree at the same time as beginning a Bachelor of Education. This extends the full time program to four and a half years.
For further information contact:
School of Education Indigenous Student Support Officer
Tel: (07) 47814645