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  • 10753NAT

Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

At a glance

At a glance

Accelerate your teaching career with this advanced qualification for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This course will put you on the path to becoming a fully qualified classroom teacher.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker
  • Teacher Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

10753NAT Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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Course overview

Course overview

Accelerate your teaching career with this advanced qualification designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This course is recommended for people with some classroom experience in primary schools who want to become fully qualified classroom teachers.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as education aides is currently experiencing very strong growth. This very large occupation is expected to create around 85,000 job openings over the next five years. 

In this course you'll build on your existing skill set as you cover the main learning areas within the Australian Curriculum. You'll also cover cultural identity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in education such as facilitating learning and development in Indigenous children, and incorporating traditional histories and cultures into the classroom. 

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek work as a qualified teaching assistant. You will also be able to take advantage of our pathway options and receive up to one year's credit towards a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed below. You will also be required to undertake 100 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AIETEC001
Encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to be active users of digital technologies
AIEPSL001
Promote pedagogies to support learning motivation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
BSBCMM401
Make a presentation
AIEENV001
Facilitate environmental initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school communities
AIESCT001
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with science inquiry
AIEIDE001
Apply cultural identity to implement a personal action plan
AIEMAT001
Develop mathematics knowledge and skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
AIEENG001
Facilitate Standard Australian English learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
AIEART001
Facilitate arts knowledge and skills learning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
CHCEDS017
Contribute to the health and safety of students

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCEDS029
Assist teacher to develop Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language and culture lessons
BSBITU404
Produce complex desktop published documents
AHCILM404A
Record and document community history
AIECUR001
Support inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in the classroom

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total amount you need to pay when you enrol. This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

An application form must be completed and a supervised online English and Maths assessment undertaken which is aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). However, this assessment is not required if evidence of a nationally recognised Diploma or a sound result or higher (ie. C or above) from Year 12 studies in English and Maths A or B can be provided. Once applicants have met the English and Maths entry requirements, a telephone or face to face interview is held to complete the application process.

Placement

During your course you will be required to complete vocational placement at a RATEP location so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland will assist in arranging placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 100 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

This course is offered through RATEP. RATEP is a community-based teacher education program that provides a direct pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote, rural and regional locations to become registered teachers or qualified teacher aides. The RATEP program is a partnership between TAFE Queensland North Region, Queensland Education Department and James Cook University. Currently there are 14 RATEP sites throughout the state, providing teacher training at the Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Students are also able to study via an offsite delivery model with teaching support using online technology and regular phone, email and SMS communications.

RATEP locations are as follows:

  1. Aurukun
  2. Bamaga
  3. Barambah
  4. Cairns West State School
  5. Mackay
  6. Mareeba
  7. Maryborough
  8. Mount Isa
  9. Ravenshoe
  10. Rockhampton
  11. St George and Surrounding Region
  12. Toowoomba
  13. Townsville
  14. Yarrabah

Students are also able to study via an offsite delivery model with teaching support using online technology and regular phone, email and SMS communications. Fully funded residential blocks in Cairns are also offered as part of the course. Students completing the Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education receive one year's credit towards a Bachelor of Education through James Cook University.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland