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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

JCU’s unique teacher education program

Are you passionate about the education of children? Have you ever considered teaching in rural and remote areas (Canada has lots!)?

James Cook University is Australian’s tropical university. Students who choose to study at JCU are exceptional and eager to become part of a university community that is committed to aiding those who live in remote communities. While JCU is famous for its focus on tropical medicine and environmental sciences, all its courses have an underlying purpose: Marshalling broad intellectual strengths, the university seeks knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper.

JCU's unique teacher education program

Study teacher education at JCU!

First offered in 2016, the JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.

  • High-quality candidates: JCU uses selection criteria that ensure students have the academic background and dispositions necessary to be high-quality primary teachers.
  • Regional focus: The degree, similar to JCU’s strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare student as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so they can respond confidently to the diversity of classrooms.
  • Research informed: The program is grounded in foundations of high-quality initial teacher education and ensures student development in acquiring the knowledge and skills that inform practice in JCU partners’ schools. Special attention is given to preparing students to make evidence-based decisions associated with students’ learning.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Students will be linked to a school for each phase and be provided the opportunity to engage with the school over the phase and your practicum, under mentored conditions, to maximise professional learning.
  • Subject specialisation: Your first degree provides you with the background to have subject specialisation in the primary grades. Of particular interest are teachers with specialisations in mathematics (numeracy), science, information and communication technology (ICT) and English (literacy).
  • Capstone: The teacher education program concludes with a 20-day capstone experience in the final phase of study, as a school-based internship or community-based service learning opportunity that requires students to conduct a research-based professional inquiry within this setting.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Program: Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Location: Cairns or Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: JCU has a general application deadline of December 1; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Apply now to a JCU Teacher Education program!

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Learn more about teacher education programs available at JCU! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

More than 140 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Indo-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $470,000 in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding.

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

JCU students will be leaving the lecture theatre and practicing abroad with the NPC funding

JCU students will travel to Cambodia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Singapore, India, Thailand and Fiji after $468,600 was announced recently in the 2017 round of funding.

Overall, for 2016–2019, JCU will receive $1.52 million.

The NCP is a Federal Government initiative in which Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Indo-Pacific countries.

Study options include semester-based learning, teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

A group of JCU Nursing students will head to Indonesia—the first time nursing students have been able to undertake the overseas placements under this plan.

Of the funded projects for 2017, 15 nursing students will head to Indonesia next year, with another 20 to follow in 2018, and an additional 25 to travel there in 2019.

Dr Karen Yates, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, said it was an exciting opportunity for nursing students.

“This placement will allow them to work beside nursing and other health care staff, while contributing to a developing community in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Dr Yates said.

“Students will join with local nursing and medical services to deliver supervised nursing services, implement community health promotion strategies for disadvantaged populations in diverse settings.

“This experience will enable students to develop an overview of health care provision and their role as a global citizen.”

A total of 15 Education students will be off to Cambodia, 10 French language students to Vanuatu, 10 Social Work students to India, eight Archaeology students to Thailand, and the largest group—64 Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant students—are off to Fiji.

In addition, 20 Tropical Planning students will travel to Singapore, to work with JCU’s Singapore campus and the National University of Singapore.

JCU’s Mobility Manager from the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, Linda Rust, said the scheme provides fantastic opportunities for students.

“They will be immersed in the language and culture, and will develop new international networks while gaining valuable work experience,” she said.

Popular JCU Schools for Canadians

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ontario College of Teachers outlines regulation amendments

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply to for certification though the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you are not automatically certified to teach in a certain province or territory. You first need to gain teacher certification through the province or territory you wish to work in.

Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia

Questions? Contact OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer Rachel Brady

If you wish to work as a teacher in the province of Ontario after completing a teacher education degree, you will need to apply for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) before you can teach in Ontario. The OCT will then assess your teacher education degree to make sure your teaching qualifications meet their requirements.

Beginning on September 1, 2015, the initial teacher education program at Ontario’s faculties of education will expand to four semesters and include twice the amount of practice teaching time (80 days, up from 40) and greater attention to students’ mental health and well-being, how to teach with technology, and diversity among other core elements.

If a person applies for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward, his or her credentials will be evaluated based on the enhanced teacher education program requirements in the province of Ontario. What this means is that anyone applying for teacher certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward must meet the requirements of the new, enhanced two-year teacher education program in the province of Ontario.

If you have any questions about certification with the OCT, please contact Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Are you thinking of becoming a teacher? Completing an Australian teacher education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

We at OzTREKK are proud to say that our Australian Teachers Colleges offer reputable teacher education programs, providing our students with a unique and enriching education, which allows for an easy transition into the teaching profession within Canada.

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For more information about how to become a teacher, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1 866-698-7355. Find out more about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

JCU researchers suggest dogs help boost kids’ literacy

It’s no secret that pets are good for our health and well-being, but could they make us smarter?

James Cook University researchers are putting the theory to the test when they monitor the Delta Society’s Classroom Canines Program, being piloted at Woree State School.

JCU Teachers College

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The program is designed to help children improve their literacy skills through positive interactions with dogs.

Animal behaviourist Dr Janice Lloyd from JCU’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences has teamed up with Dr Reesa Sorin from the JCU School of Education to study the impact of the program on the students’ literacy and social development.

“We have a special interest in the human-animal bond and how dogs benefit people mentally and physically, “Dr Lloyd said. “The research is an exciting collaboration between the two JCU schools, the Delta Society and Woree State School.

“We are hoping to quantify any changes in children’s literacy skills as well as assessing any effects interaction with a dog may have on social and cognitive development.”

Woree State School Deputy Principal Joanne Sibley said it was a fantastic opportunity for their students to engage in new and meaningful ways to increase their fluency and confidence in reading.

“The twelve students involved in the initial program are excited about reading to their furry friends,” she said.

Delta Society coordinator Sandra Glaister said they were thrilled to offer the Classroom Canine Program to children at Woree State School.

“The aim is to help children improve their reading skills, using specially trained volunteers and their Delta-accredited dogs,” Ms Glaister said.

The volunteers and their temperament-tested dogs will visit Woree State School on a weekly basis throughout Term Three for reading lessons—either with an individual child or in a group environment.

So far the program has been conducted in Townsville, Geelong and Newcastle. It provides schools with an additional learning tool to encourage the overall development of a student.

Previous research conducted in Townsville at Stuart State School by Dr Sorin found students and teachers were very enthusiastic about the program, with special bonds being forged between the students and the dogs.

The initiative for the pilot project is made possible by funding from Woree State School. Doctors Sorin and Lloyd plan to seek future funding to deliver the program to schools across Australia.

JCU Teachers College

Graduate Diploma of Education

The Graduate Diploma of Education at JCU is designed for those people who have completed an undergraduate degree and now wish to qualify as a teacher. The Primary stream of this program qualifies graduates to teach students from Kindergarten through to Grade 6, while the Secondary program qualifies students to teach grades 7-12.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the JCU Graduate Diploma of Education program, you must have

  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65% average or above.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary and One to Nine programs)

Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas. Applicants must have completed four courses in each teaching area within their undergraduate degree. Two out of the four courses in each teaching area must have been completed at the second-year level or above.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas.

Apply now to JCU Teachers College!

For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.

After lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said,  “Well, you missed a test today, so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said, “First question: Which tire was flat?”

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Completing an Australian teachers’ education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

Australia’s Graduate Diploma in Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Education programs are basic, one-year teacher certification programs in which correspond to the one year graduate-entry Bachelor of Education programs in Canada.

Canadian students should note that these programs train students to become teachers. Individuals looking to complete a Master of Education degree must first complete a teacher education program. They may then apply to a Master of Education program to further their educational studies and prepare them for managerial/administrative careers in the field of education.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer teacher education programs:

For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges page or contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

 

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

JCU Teachers College student chats with OzTREKK

OzTREKK student Lyndsie Chisholm is living her dream in Cairns, Queensland. Currently enrolled in James Cook Universitys Graduate Diploma of Education (One to Nine) program, Lyndsie took some time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences Down Under—and her reaction to winning the OzTREKK Scholarship draw!

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OzTREKK student Lyndsie Chisholm feeding a female Eclectus parrot

Why did you want to become a teacher?

Since the age of 5 I have dreamt of becoming a teacher. Teaching children is my passion and watching children learn and grow in the classroom excites me. Over the years I have intentionally participated in countless positions to help me fulfill my dream of teaching.

What made you choose Australia as the place to earn your degree?

Australia has always been on my bucket list! So why not travel and study?

What made you choose JCU?

JCU representatives came to my university in Ontario with OzTREKK’s Study in Australia Fair and I spoke with them, along with a bunch of other universities in Australia, but the ladies at JCU were full of passion and you could tell they truly loved JCU. This made me love JCU as well and I applied that very night!

What’s the course like, and what’s a “day in the life of Lyndsie” like?

I am at JCU typically three times a week. My program is a one-year intensive, so I am also teaching at a high school for four weeks and in a Year 2 class for 10 weeks, and I love it! I am also working three days a week so I am very busy! It is wonderful though; I have had the opportunity to meet so many new and amazing people!

What has been your favourite part? Least favourite part?

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Cairns is beautiful!

My favourite part has been the beautiful Cairns weather and the amazing people I have met. I don’t like being so far away from my family.

What has been the most unexpected or surprising thing about being in Australia?

I was most surprised by the difference in food here compared to back home! Some things are just not the same—like salad dressing, cheese, and Kraft Dinner!

What was your reaction to winning the OzTREKK Scholarship draw?

When I found out I won the draw I was sitting on my balcony after teaching all day and I was very surprised! I don’t win things—ever! I yelled to my boyfriend, “We can eat this week!” Ha ha! I was very thankful for winning!

About JCU Teachers College

The School of Education is the largest at JCU and has a 40-year history of teacher education in north Queensland.

James Cook University provides the option of doing a portion of your practicum placement in a rural and remote location and staff encourages students to take part of this unique opportunity to work with children from different needs and geographical circumstances.

Graduate Diploma of Education

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Lyndsie and her boyfriend enjoying SCUBA diving

The Graduate Diploma of Education at JCU is designed for those people who have completed an undergraduate degree and now wish to qualify as a teacher. The Primary stream of this program qualifies graduates to teach students from Kindergarten through to Grade 6, while the Secondary program qualifies students to teach grades 7-12.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the JCU Graduate Diploma of Education program, you must have

  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65% average or above.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary and One to Nine programs)

Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas. Applicants must have completed four courses in each teaching area within their undergraduate degree. Two out of the four courses in each teaching area must have been completed at the second-year level or above.

Learn more about Monash Pharmacy School

Lyndsie and koala friend

Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas.

Apply now to JCU Teachers College!

For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

JCU Teachers College applications are now open

JCU Teachers College applications for the 2014 intake are now open via  OzTREKK!

The School of Education is the largest at JCU and has a 40-year history of teacher education in north Queensland.

James Cook University provides the option of doing a portion of your practicum placement in a rural and remote location and staff encourages students to take part of this unique opportunity to work with children from different needs and geographical circumstances.

Graduate Diploma of Education

The Graduate Diploma of Education at JCU is designed for those people who have completed an undergraduate degree and now wish to qualify as a teacher. The Primary stream of this program qualifies graduates to teach students from Kindergarten through to Grade 6, while the Secondary program qualifies students to teach Grades 7-12.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the JCU Graduate Diploma of Education program, you must have

  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65% average or above.

For the Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary), JCU would also like to see that you have undertaken courses in a couple of different disciplines within your undergraduate degree, as primary teachers must have general knowledge in several different subjects. Please refer to the following:

For the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), applicants must also meet the requirements for two teaching methods. The university is generally looking for four to five full credits in a first method and another three to four full credits in a second method. For example, if one would like English as their first teaching method and History as their second, they would be required to have completed five full credits in English and four full credits in History within their undergraduate degree.

Apply now to JCU Teachers College!

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For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady:

Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

JCU education students welcomed with new digs

James Cook University students will be welcomed to the Townsville campus in fine style next week.

Students in the School of Education, in the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences have a new student hub and School of Education building waiting for them when they return to – or begin – their studies.

Providing a one-stop shop for student enrolments and inquiries on the ground floor along with a café and new lecture theatre, the multi-million dollar building is having the final touches and landscaping completed this week, JCU reports.

JCU states that the new building, which was designed by Wilson Architects in conjunction with Architects North, will become the hub where Townsville students can access a range of university support services. It has already proven popular during orientation week for those about to begin their studies, JCU said.

The building will also house JCU’s School of Education, providing trainee teachers with access to the latest technologies and teaching techniques.

Key components of the new building include a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory to address the chronic shortage of science teachers in northern schools. The building will also include a 36-seat flexible flat floor seminar and conference room, and peer-to-peer learning centre, JCU said.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of JCU’s Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, Professor Nola Alloway, told the university that the classrooms of the future will be different from what are the standard.

“Schools face enormous challenges in attracting great teachers who are up to date with today’s techno-savvy students,” she told JCU. “With increasing use of communications technology and the speed and interconnectivity that will be available, we have an obligation to prepare the next generations of teachers for these changes now.”

Alloway went on to tell JCU that the building would also be home to JCU’s national award winning RATEP program, which focuses on delivering teacher education programs into communities for Indigenous students.

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Find out more about exciting opportunities in the JCU Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences! Apply to James Cook University with OzTREKK today.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Program of the Month: Australian Teachers College

Program of the Month: Australian Teachers College

Is there a more satisfying job than teaching?

Australian Teachers College degree in Australia is a great opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need while discovering another part of the world. Currently, more than 600 Canadian students are experiencing the excitement and culture of living and studying at an Australian Teachers College.

We at OzTREKK are proud to say that our Australian Teachers College partners offer reputable teacher education programs, providing our students with a unique and enriching education, which allows an easy transition into the teaching profession within Canada.

Even better, OzTREKK and its Australian Teachers College partners work closely with the Ontario College of Teachers to keep up to date with the latest accreditation requirements. The OzTREKK team is knowledgeable and understanding of the transitional steps one must take to become a teacher. We maintain a strong relationship with our universities, consulting them and working together with them to create teacher education programs that work for our Canadian students.

These universities offer Primary Education programs:

The University of Queensland offers a Middle Years of Schooling program.

These universities offer Secondary Education programs:

 

Australian Teachers College partners name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of/in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to the one-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at Canadian universities.

Canadian students should note that these programs train students to become teachers. Individuals looking to complete a Master of Education degree must first complete a teacher education program. They may then apply to a Master of Education program to further their educational studies and prepare them for managerial/administrative careers in the field of education. Individuals who are already certified as teachers and wish to complete a Master of Education degree may contact OzTREKK to request information and guidance about Australian university Master of Education programs.

Can I teach back in Canada?

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board, and if you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply for certification through the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you are not automatically certified to teach.

Each certification board has its own set of rules and regulations that you must meet in order to practise as a teacher in that location. OzTREKK recommends that students look into the requirements of the respective certification board to determine the requirements for teachers trained outside their province.

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Become a teacher! Find out more about our Australian Teachers College partners!