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Want to become a fully qualified teacher?

RATEP is a community-based teacher education program to enable Indigenous people to become fully qualified teaching assistants and/or registered teachers. This course is a partnership between TAFE Queensland North, of Education and Training State Schools and James Cook University.

On successful completion of the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), students may be able to:

  • Enter second year Bachelor of Education in higher education institutes, including James Cook University.
  • Work effectively and independently in an educational environment.
  • Act as a cultural liaison officer assisting in the development and implementation of community and school partnerships.

This qualification enables students to graduate with the skills to enter a number of different education fields. Course details

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Entry requirements

This program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Prospective students must complete an application form, attend an interview and complete an English and Mathematics assessment.  This is conducted at the RATEP site or supervised offsite. 
Students may enter at any program level depending on the outcome of these assessments.  Students must have:

  • Successful completion of Year 12, or an equivalent
  • Keen interest in pursuing a career in teaching/education at primary school level (prep to Year 6)

Resources required

Learner guides which are supplied free of charge throughout the course.

Students must have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all RATEP sites.


This course is offered for one year full time, two years part time and 18 months part time.  The 18 month option has a mid year commencement in July.  This course delivery is blended, students will be required to complete extensive work/assessments at their RATEP location, each school week.  Participation in online classes is also required in between various residential blocks in Cairns at TAFE.

Full time students will be required to complete 1855 - 1950 hours over the duration of the course (depending on electives choice).  


RATEP sites:

  • Barambah - Cherbourg State School, Fisher Street, Cherbourg Qld 4605 Tel:  0427 276 190
  • Cairns - Cairns West State School 33 Mayers St Manunda Qld 4870 Tel: 4032 3828
  • Mackay – Andergrove State School 15 Fernleigh Ave Andergrove Qld 4740 Tel: 4998 9333
  • Mareeba - Mareeba State School 37 Constance St Mareeba Qld 4880 Tel: 4092 2556
  • Maryborough – Maryborough State High School 526 Kent St Maryborough Qld 4650 Tel: 4120 9365
  • Mossman - Mossman State School 6 William St Mossman Qld 4873 Tel: 4098 3510
  • Mt Isa – Spinifex State College 6 Fifth Ave Mt Isa Qld 4825 Tel: 4749 0180
  • Ravenshoe – Ravenshoe State School  High School St Ravenshoe Qld 4888  Tel: 4097 5209
  • Rockhampton – Park Avenue State School 13 Main St Park Avenue Qld 4701  Tel: 4931 1108
  • St George – St George State School 31 Grey St  St George Qld 4487 Tel: 4620 8316
  • Thursday Island – Tagai State College Thursday Island Qld 4875  Tel: 4212 0222
  • Townsville – William Ross State High School Mervyn Crossman Drive Annandale Qld 4814 Tel: 4726 7634
  • Toowoomba – Toowoomba North State School 17 Taylor St Toowoomba Qld 4350 Tel: 4617 8325
  • Yarrabah – Yarrabah State School 14 Noble St Yarrabah Qld 4871 Tel: 4056 0666
  • Via a special off-site delivery model available from any location across Queensland


Students undertake a three-week work experience in a school as part of this Diploma course.


HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes Core
CHCPR502E Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance children's development Core
AIEENG502A Develop workplace literacy and teach English in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts Core
AIEEDN506A Use educational computer games and apps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts Core
AIEEDN505A Plan and implement teaching and learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts Core
AIEIDE509A Apply Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity to achievement in life and work Core
AIEMAT501A Develop workplace numeracy and teach mathematics in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Core
CHCEDS017 Contribute to the health and safety of students Core
BSBCMM401A Make a presentation Core
AIESCI403A Develop and apply knowledge of science in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts Core
AIEEDN504A Use pedagogy for self-determination in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Core
AIEENG503A Promote love of literature in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities Elective
AIEART507A Produce works of visual art in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts Elective
AHCILM404A Record and document community history Elective
AIELAN501A Maintain and protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages Elective
BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents Elective
CHCFC503A Foster social development in early childhood Elective
CHCFC502A Foster physical development in early childhood Elective
CHCEDS417A Facilitate learning for students with disabilities Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

ABSTUDY: This qualification is ABSTUDY approved. Students who qualify for ABSTUDY may be eligible to receive travel, accommodation and meal allowances to attend residential study blocks in Cairns (or an approved location). Students must register and provide their confirmation of ABSTUDY upon enrolling in the qualification.

Payment options are available for students; as well as Merit and Access & Equity scholarships via TAFE Queensland Scholarships

If considering a VET Student Loan, please ensure you read the TAFE Queensland 'Pre-Enrolment Information for students considering applying for a VET Student Loan':

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


10326NAT Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

Job Prospects:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander teaching assistant
  • Direct Pathway to becoming a fully qualified teacher.

Job prospects

  • Teacher Aide/Assistant
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 9 November 2017

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