RATEP – Community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Education Program

RATEP is an award winning community-based teacher education pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and TAFE Queensland North. RATEP enables Indigenous people to remain within their local community whilst completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at a RATEP study centre or at James Cook University's (JCU) Thursday Island study centre.

JCU Teacher Education has pioneered the delivery of teacher education programs to remote and regional Indigenous communities throughout Queensland. RATEP delivers the Bachelor of Education (Primary) through interactive multimedia course materials and online tutorials, combined with short on-campus sessions in Townsville. Students study the same subjects with the same lecturers as on-campus students in Townsville and Cairns. However, they do this in well-equipped technology-enriched RATEP study centres in their community. Students also receive additional personalised support from Education Queensland Teacher Coordinators at each study centre and from the JCU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Engagement Officer.

As registered teachers who hold a JCU Bachelor of Education, graduates are qualified for employment as primary school teachers anywhere in Queensland and beyond.

The success of RATEP can be seen in the growing number of Indigenous teachers in our region.

OP QTAC entry

OP eligible students who live in locations where there is a RATEP study centre can apply through QTAC for entry in the four-year (full-time) Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Applicants who wish to study the Bachelor of Education (Primary) via the RATEP mode must identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent in their QTAC application.

Alternative pathways

TAFE offers the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) pathway. Students who hold a Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) can apply directly for entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary). They may also gain the equivalent of 1 year credit towards the degree.

Students who hold other qualifications may contact Education Indigenous Student Support Officer for personal advice about entry into the program.

More information

For further information contact the JCU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Engagement Officer:

RATEP Contacts