Accessible Page Links




Page Tools

Main page Content

RATEP Program

RATEP is a community-based teacher education program that aims to increase the pool of registered Indigenous teachers and Indigenous teacher aides in Queensland by allowing them to study education courses while living in their home town.
Under the RATEP partnership, the following courses are currently on offer:
             Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) – offered to high school students in Years 11 & 12 over a two year period as part of their senior studies and providing 8 points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education.
             Certificate IV in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) – part time studies of 18 hours per week (late March – November) for adult students.
             Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) – full time studies over a year at 25 hours per week and part time studies of approximately 12 hours per week over two years.
             Bachelor of Education (General Primary) through JCU.
The TAFE courses include ‘Pracs’, where you go into classrooms and work with children and  ‘Residentials’, where you go to Cairns and attend TAFE classes. Diploma studies include a Field Trip to see Indigenous Education at its best. Of course, a Blue Card (Working with Children Card) is essential.  The RATEP application process involves a literacy and numeracy test so it’s a good idea to brush up on reading and writing before coming in to apply. If you need help to master these skills, call Trudy and ask about what help is available.
Completion of the Certificate and Diploma courses provides qualifications at Teacher’s Aide/Assistant (TA) level. Also, Diploma graduates may progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Education degree with JCU either on campus or via a RATEP site. Alternatively, they are able to complete their degree studies via the relatively new RATEP offsite/distance learning model which is available from anywhere in Queensland.
Training is delivered to students online, through booklets and live by the Teacher Coordinator (TC), Trudy Schieb who is based at Mareeba State School.  The RATEP Centre is in E block. It is a warm and welcoming room for students to access textbooks, information, support and advice. It has phone and computer access for students to use in their studies and is open during normal school hours.
For information about the courses available and how to enrol, ring Trudy on 40922556.