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Friday, 12 December 2008
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Head of the School of Education Professor Greg Robson and Associate Professor Tim McDonald have been awarded $930,000 to address the key issue of teacher shortages in Western Australia.
The funding, from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, will allow ECU to address teacher shortages through new Graduate Diploma programs by attracting potential students into Teacher Education courses and retaining teacher professionals.
The new Graduate Diploma programs utilise the Residency Model to produce high quality teachers who are "school ready". The Residency Model uses a combination of theory and practice, enabling student teachers to learn in a real school situation under the mentorship of excellent teachers.
The Project will encourage school placements in rural and hard to staff schools. The Graduate Diploma programs provide opportunities to fast-track employment and also opportunities for those with Vocational Educational and Training qualifications to enrol.