2012 Workshop Presentation by Mark Linkson, Co-ordinator and Gail Mitchell, State Program Coordinator, RATEP
RATEP – a community based teacher education program
RATEP is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community based teacher education program delivered across rural and remote Queensland.
A partnership of James Cook University (Townsville), Department of Education, Training and Employment (the government schools sector) and Tropical North Qld TAFE (Cairns), this is the 22nd year of operation.
RATEP deliver and supports VET and tertiary level teacher education courses (Cert III & IV in Education, the Diploma of Education and the Bachelor of Education) to over 150 students in more than 25 communities.
Under the RATEP partnership, students remain in their home communities while studying through TNQTAFE and then can articulate into the second year of the JCU Bachelor of Education. There are 15 RATEP sites in operation including Doomadgee, Thursday Island, Mt. Isa, Innisfail and St. George.
In the past 21 years, over 800 VET level qualifications in teacher education have been awarded by TNQTAFE, with over 150 of those students going on to complete their Bachelor of Education with James Cook University. In 2011, there were 10 JCU B.Ed. graduates.
The presentation outlines how RATEP works, why it continues to be successful and what plans are in place for the future. Also included are the results of a destinations survey which considered the status of TAFE graduates from 2005-10.
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