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New program to boost NT teacher numbers

New program to boost NT teacher numbers New program to boost NT teacher numbers

A new program that will provide more opportunities to prepare graduates and address current and predicted teacher shortages in the Northern Territory is now on offer at Charles Darwin University.

The nationally accredited course is designed to prepare graduates and assist those with Bachelor level qualifications to look to a career in teaching.

The Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry) is a new teacher education course that aligns with the national standard for teacher qualification. The two-year course offers specialised professional knowledge and skills in teacher education for those who have a non-education Bachelor degree.

CDU’s head of the School of Education Professor Peter Kell said the new program was available to all qualified university graduates from Semester I 2015.

“The new Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry at CDU responds to the new requirements of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership,” Professor Kell said.

“This program replaces the one-year graduate entry program that is being phased out across Australia as two-year programs are now mandated by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership.”

Using the summer semester option, students complete the course in one and a half years. The course is also available online and has options for part-time study.

Professor Kell said the program had the benefit of specialisations in early childhood, primary and secondary.

“There are continuing teacher shortages in Asian Language, mathematics, science and information technology,” he said.

“The program incorporates the new Australian curriculum and has curriculum methodology subjects in English, mathematics, language, music, economic, visual arts, information technology, science, and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Graduates for this course will be well positioned in the employment market when they graduate as there will be strong demand for teachers as the baby boomers retire from teaching and there is a ‘spike’ in school enrolments in the next few years.”

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