AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER EDUCATION COURSES
The Faculty of Education has an innovative approach for meeting the pressing
need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education assistants
and teachers throughout all Australian school systems.
of the programs include:
§ a focus on attracting, as students, non-Year 12 indigenous community
members whose responsibilities require flexibility in the course mode
§ an emphasis on indigenous pedagogical concepts in content and teaching-learning
§ inclusion of Cultural Studies as a core discipline study;
§ maintenance of links with and utilisation of community resources
§ a two-phase model of study, which permits exit at either the Diploma
stage after 3 years or completion of a Bachelor of Education course in
5 years. Graduates may continue their studies in the teaching and/or community
§ increasing provision of support structures for study within participants'
Application for the Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
and the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Studies) courses must be made directly to the University.
Admission to both courses is based on interview and assessment tasks,
taking into consideration formal schooling, work experience, and other
achievements and interests. Interviews are normally held in November and
December. Applications are considered from school-leavers, as well as
from those who have other forms of education or life experience.
In New South Wales, interviews are conducted by staff of Yalbalinga support
unit and Course Coordinators from the School of Education New South Wales.
Queensland applicants must complete the ACU Additional Information form
available from the Student Centre.
In Queensland, Weemala (Distant View) was established in 1989 as the McAuley
at Banyo Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre for Education, to
recruit and provide appropriate social, cultural and academic support
to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying at the University.
The Centre is serviced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
In New South Wales, Yalbalinga Support Unit was established to:
§ contribute significantly to development of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander perspectives within courses offered at the University;
§ act as a resource to staff and students in the development of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander perspectives;
§ work with other University staff in the further development of
the Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education;
§ liaise with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and
organisations in planning and implementation of University initiatives
in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education support the growing
numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students entering University
§ support the growing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
students entering University courses;
§ coordinate the Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS).