Visit the Teach for Australia 2019 Employer Event to learn more about the Associate Teacher program, an amazing career opporutnity where you can teach in disadvantaged schools, travel, earn your Masters of Education qualification (for free!!) and begin your teaching career.
This event is facilitated by the Griffith Careers and Employment service and delivered by Industry. The purpose of this events is to boost student employment and educate students on their future career options.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT AVAILABLE TO GRADUATES OF BACHELOR OF EDUCATION. PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE FROM A NON EDUCATION STUDY DISCIPLINE TO APPLY.
Teaching and leadership development
Associates continue to develop their teaching and leadership skills throughout the program, and connect with the broader Teach For Australia community.
Over two years, Associates partake in:
Regional professional development: Throughout the school year, Associates complete professional development sessions which contribute to degree assessment requirements, while further developing context around the needs of students, schools and communities, as well as the broader issues that affect education equity in Australia.
Intensive programs: Over the two years, Associates undertake three additional intensive programs during school holidays as part of their Master's degree. These programs allow Associates to reconnect with their cohort and the broader Teach For Australia community, reflect on personal and collective growth to date and complete additional face to face professional development.
Coaching: In addition to ongoing self-reflection and development conversations, Teaching and Leadership Advisers will conduct classroom observations throughout the program to observe Associates' teaching practice. Following each observation, Associates will debrief with their Teaching and Leadership Adviser to discuss their progress, achievements and challenges, developing targeted strategies to continuously improve their practice.
Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice)
Delivered in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and embedded within the program, Teach For Australia Associates complete a nationally accredited and internationally recognised Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice).
The degree components include:
Learning modules: Learning modules are delivered in a variety of methods, including workshops, tutorials and lectures primarily delivered face to face during intensive programs and via online learning platforms during teaching periods. Associates complete 18 core learning modules over two years, in personal leadership, learning and development, preparing purposefully, implementing effectively, engaging professionally, literacy and numeracy and promoting well-being. Associates also complete 10 learning modules in the two learning areas that they are eligible to teach.
Assessments: Assessments are based on smaller learning increments and teaching practice in the classroom. This enables Associates to manage the demanding requirements of the program and progressively build a portfolio of evidence that successfully demonstrates the learning outcomes of each module.
Professional experience and milestones
School practicum: During the National Initial Intensive, participants complete a ten-day school practicum over four weeks at a Teach For Australia partner school. During this time, they observe teaching while immersing themselves into a school environment, working directly with students and completing at least five teaching experiences.
School placement: From Term 1, Associates commence teaching at a placement school in approved learning areas, with 20 per cent time release to study towards the completion of the degree. We endeavour to place Associates in clusters within the same school and schools nearby one another to increase the opportunity for impact within the community, as well as offering a network of support in the form of a regional cohort.
Milestones: To successfully complete the program, Associates are required to
demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at Graduate level in the first year and Proficient level in the second year;
pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education, which assess literacy and numeracy skills;
pass the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment, which assesses Associates' ability to apply teaching practices that positively impact student learning; and
deliver a Classroom Impact Initiative to raise the academic achievement of students.