The Indigenous community based teacher education program (known as RATEP) celebrated its class of 2014 in December last year, with over 70 students at Certificate III, IV and Diploma levels graduating at the Cairns Campus of TAFE Queensland North.
Increasing enrolment numbers in the RATEP Program have been largely due to the introduction of the RATEP Off-Site model, which has the support of the MATSITI Project. This model ensures that any Indigenous adult living in Queensland is able to access tuition and support from a specially appointed RATEP Teacher Coordinator. Previously only those Indigenous people living in a community being serviced by a RATEP study centre were able to enrol.
The Off-Site model incorporates interactive virtual classroom e-sessions, online assessment/course content and developing mobile technologies, as a way of increasing access to teacher education.
RATEP numbers are looking even better for 2015, with over 50 Diploma, 50 Certificate IV and 45 Certificate III students currently enrolled.
RATEP is a joint initiative of TAFE Queensland North (TQN) Cairns, Education Queensland (EQ – the government schools sector) and James Cook University (JCU) Townsville.
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