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Teacher residency goes rural

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


ECU’s teacher residency program has gone rural, providing students with the chance to get the full benefit of residency learning without relocating to the city.

Launched in 2009, ECU’s teacher residency program provides a unique way of completing the Graduate Diploma in Education, giving students hands-on experience by putting them straight into the classroom.

ECU is the only university in WA, and one of only two in Australia, to offer the teacher residency program at a graduate level.

Residents complement their in classroom learning with online units provided by ECU, meaning that they don’t have to move to Perth to study and can remain close to their family and friends.

Head of School of Education, Professor Christine Ure, believes the rural mode of study will open the door to a whole new group of students.

“This is the first year that students can complete the residency program while still living in their country homes, giving the course a whole new element of flexibility,” said Professor Ure.

“Students will be placed in schools in their home towns, allowing them to develop their skills through practical classroom interaction, supplemented by ECU’s online units.”

“We are committed to providing our students with the chance to study education, wherever they are located and we look forward to rolling out the rural teacher residency program and welcoming a whole new cohort of students in 2012.”

The Graduate Diploma in Education residency mode is unique, in that it places students in a professional practice placement from the beginning of semester.

The course is offered in early childhood studies, primary and high school education and is open to both metropolitan and rural students.

For more information visit the School of Education website.


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