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Aboriginal and Torres Striat Islander Courses

ABORIGINAL 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.

Features of the programs include:
§ a focus on attracting, as students, non-Year 12 indigenous community members whose responsibilities require flexibility in the course mode of offering;
§ an emphasis on indigenous pedagogical concepts in content and teaching-learning styles;
§ inclusion of Cultural Studies as a core discipline study;
§ maintenance of links with and utilisation of community resources wherever feasible;
§ 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 education areas;
§ increasing provision of support structures for study within participants' home communities.

Admission
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.

Support Services

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 courses;
§ support the growing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students entering University courses;
§ coordinate the Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS).