Thursday, 30 July 2009
ECU has today launched a new residency program for graduate teacher education students.
The residency approach within the Graduate Diploma of Education allows students the opportunity to spend the entire year working within a school, enabling them to gain additional experience, and to leave the program ‘school ready'.
As part of the application process applicants for the program will be required to work in a class with children, be interviewed and work collaboratively with other applicants.
Students will combine at least two days per week in the school environment, with classes and theory delivered by ECU lecturers to supplement this practical learning.
According to Professor Greg Robson, Head of ECU's School of Education, the program offers a unique approach to teacher education, with theory and practice integrated throughout the entire course.
"By ensuring our Graduate Diploma of Education graduates are comfortable in the school environment, and experienced in responding to student needs and the school community, we anticipate that they will stay on as effective teachers for longer.
"With this model we are emulating best practice and allowing for a more clinical and evidenced-based approach to teacher education," Professor Robson said
The residency program is being run as a pilot, supported by $930,000 in funding from the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
ECU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, says the program is yet another example of ECU's commitment to solving issues within the community.
"We need to do all that we can to ensure that we are developing quality teachers, and that they stay within education for longer.
"We also consider it a key component of our university's approach in working with schools and communities to address the issues they face in the education of all students." he said.
The program is expected to appeal to wide range of high-achieving graduates who are looking to enter the teaching profession, including mature-age applicants looking for a career change.
Applications are now open, and can be directed to education.ecu.edu.au/courses.
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