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    Teacher Education

Teacher Education

If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to young peoples' lives, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.

Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to prepare the next generation of teachers through cutting-edge research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.

Our Teacher Education courses are practical and delivered in excellent facilities. So, if you aspire to teach, join us to make a difference.

Orff-Schulwerek as a learning tool

Doctor of Philosophy student Annamaria Paolino has completed her research investigating the effectiveness of Orff-Schulwerk (a music teaching approach) as a pedagogical tool for teaching Italian to upper primary students. This research arose from Annamaria's self‑reflection into her teaching practice and her belief that using Music and Languages in an integrated and novel manner, increases learner retention and confidence levels, as well as providing a proactive solution to a crowded curriculum.

Research results found that this novel approach was considered effective and engaging by all the teachers and students involved. It is hoped that this research will have a positive impact upon teaching practice, encourage future research in this area and inform third parties of the positive effects Music and Languages have on learning and what structures need to be put in place to support teachers in its implementation

Teaching Methods Evolve. So do our courses.

Our recently redesigned teacher education courses for early childhood, primary and secondary education incorporate the latest research about teaching and how to develop young minds.

Several of these courses can be studied fully online from 2014, while all courses respond to recent state, national and international developments in learning, ensuring graduates are ready for their first day of teaching.

Giving me the skills and experience required to teach

"I knew I wanted to be a teacher after coaching junior sports and discovering how rewarding this was."

"The practical elements of ECU's teaching degree are giving me the skills and experience required to teach within an educational setting."

"I am thoroughly enjoying my experience at ECU and have formed some great friendships. My name on the honour board and becoming a member of the golden key society was also a highlight."

Anthony Chiappalone
ECU Bachelor of Education, (Primary) student

Friends, study and community partnerships

At ECU, we strive to support seamless study for all. Our student association, Network Teach, will provide you with the opportunity to take charge of your career, develop strong networks and contribute to community projects. The student association group has received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Peer Mentoring, and has been granted funding to mentor high school students at partner schools through the ECU Mates program.

Professional networks helping you

Your study here will be embedded in authentic classroom settings involving real students and real teaching. With over 500 partnership schools, including research centres, our academic staff are actively guiding educational policy and practice in Western Australia and across the world.

Our ongoing relationships and established partnerships with public and private schools and pre-school centres in local and regional areas allow students to gain experience with children from differing economic, social, ethnic and educational circumstances.

Learning in schools

Our courses in early childhood, primary and secondary teacher education are renowned for their extensive professional practice, making our graduates job-ready and preferred by many employers.

Your study will focus on the needs of schools of today and will be supported through classroom-based experiences in our partnership schools. This ensures you will be prepared for your own classroom when you graduate.

What do our employers have to say?

Len Christie, Beechboro Primary School Principal, says

"ECU students and graduates are task orientated and genuinely enjoy working with children and colleagues. They possess competence, confidence and a willingness to listen and act on advice.

"From our experience ECU teaching graduates stand out. We actively recruit those graduates who have performed well in our school," he says.

"Absolute flexibility means I can teach, and learn at the same time

"It started with a BA, then a Grad Dip in teaching and now I'm into my Masters. I'm not stopping until I've got my PhD!

"I never imagined I could achieve so much. I've taken so much out of my time at ECU. I've learned to be a critical thinker, developed my research skills, and been able to apply my knowledge to my career.

"I can honestly say if it wasn't for the support and flexibility offered to me by ECU, I wouldn't have reached this point."

Tracey Gray
Teacher Education student

Leading the way in literacy research

ECU researchers have been awarded almost $800,000 to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy programs in Western Australia.

Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh and Dr Lennie Barblett will work with the ECU Centre for Research in Early Childhood to evaluate four new programs that form part of the Better Beginnings Literacy Program, which was developed by the State Library of WA.

The program, established in 2005, has delivered 70,000 reading packs and books to families across WA. It is hoped that the evaluation will enhance the already successful program by creating evidence‑based research which will further inform the design, implementation and outcomes of Better Beginnings.

ECU researcher awarded for innovative iPad app

School of Education Post Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Alistair Campbell, who developed an iPad app to replace traditional paper-based marking of student work, was named the ECU Innovator of the Year for 2011.

Dr Campbell was awarded $20,000 for his entry TouchTheFuture, which brings the assessment of student work into the 21st Century. He received the award at the Celebration of Research Success event at ECU, which recognises the University's best researchers each year.

The unique app combines the best features of a word processor, spreadsheet and database, enabling the user to assess a student’s work. The program assists teachers and lecturers with marking of assessments, allowing for better response times and more interaction between the student and the teacher. The app applies an instructional rubric to the screen and shades in the level of each criteria achieved by the student. It can calculate marks, allow teachers to review the work, make comments and then email the results to students.

The $20,000 will aid Dr Campbell in the commercialisation of the app.

 
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