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Community-based teacher education.

RATEP is a community-based primary education and early childhood education program. It provides a direct pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become registered teachers, qualified teacher aides or early childhood educators. RATEP is an initiative which respects the culture and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and values the contribution they can make to the education of all young Australians.

RATEP site locations

RATEP sites are located across Queensland, allowing students to remain in their communities and access teacher or teacher coordinator support to complete their training.

Early childhood education and care RATEP sites

  • Northern Peninsula Area
  • Barambah
  • Palm Island
  • St George and surrounding regions
  • Thursday Island and surrounding regions
  • Woorabinda
  • Yarrabah

Education RATEP sites

  • Barambah
  • Cairns
  • Mackay
  • Maryborough
  • Rockhampton
  • St George and surrounding region
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville
  • Yarrabah

An Off-Site Teacher Coordinator is available to assist students who are unable to access a RATEP site.

If students are unable to attend a RATEP site, they can still access training and teaching support using online technology, hard copy resources and regular phone, email and SMS communications.

Fully funded face-to-face residential block training at the Cairns campus is offered to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education students.

Benefits of studying via RATEP

Our strong relationships and industry connections ensure our students are given the opportunity to meet potential employers before they graduate. During your course you will be required to complete a set amount of vocational placement hours so you can start practising your new skills in a real environment. RATEP will assist in arranging placements, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete the required hours.

Students who successfully complete RATEP diploma studies may be eligible to use their training to gain credit towards a bachelor degree at university. To find out more, enquire below.

TAFE Queensland offers a range of services specifically designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their training goals.

RATEP is a joint initiative between TAFE Queensland, James Cook University and the Queensland Department of Education, in liaison with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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