Becoming a Teacher

Teaching can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers. It is a global profession and with a teaching qualification you can potentially teach anywhere in the world. As a teacher you will have the privilege of helping children and young adults develop as learners and individuals. Education at James Cook University (JCU) offers world-class teacher education and has forged dynamic partnerships with schools throughout northern Queensland. JCU offers excellent support for students including accessible teaching staff, computer laboratories and excellent library and research resources.

Whether you are a school leaver or have been working for a while and are looking to change your career, at JCU there is a pathway to suit you.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) are structured program accredited with the Queensland College of Teachers and is available in a range of specialisations. It is possible to change specialisations after you begin the program and we have staff who can help you plan your course. A Bachelor of Education can also be combined with other degree programs.

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is a new post-graduate program offered in Cairns and Townsville and externally. Prospective students should note that this program commences prior to Study Period 1. Students who choose to study externally can enrol and attend internal subjects.

JCU’s RATEP program (a community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education program) operates around Queensland. The program has successfully trained over 130 Indigenous teachers within their home communities. Study is completed though a diverse range of technologies and students complete professional experience in a variety of places, including schools in their local communities.