Advancing your skills in STEAM will mean you are prioritised for permanent employment
The STEAM Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE) was established to support the development of high-quality teachers with qualifications in science (including psychology), technology, engineering, Arts (i.e. English) and mathematics to transition into the classroom and take employment in high priority state schools.
The STEAM TECE is based at Benowa State High School and works closely with Griffith University and local schools including Merrimac and Helensvale State High Schools.
This program is undertaken in your final year of study, alongside your normal study load. You will complete a minimum of 50 additional mentored classroom hours plus 50 additional hours of professional learning.
This exclusive partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland Department of Education (DoE) provides students with:
- Opportunities for additional in-school experience
- Expert mentoring whilst studying
- High quality professional development which compliments your final year of initial teacher education program studies
- Being prioritised for permanent offer of employment in a Queensland State School
- The opportunity for enhanced / accelerated career advancement
Alumni of this program are excelling in their roles as classroom teachers and school leaders.
Gain a head start on your teaching career
Secure your future employment while you're still studying
What are the benefits?
Preservice teachers selected for enrolment gain knowledge of DoE systemic processes such as the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
The TECE is about quality teachers working collaboratively, growing our profession and assisting future colleagues.
Mentor Teachers are appointed by the school and are responsible for guiding and supporting preservice teachers’ teaching experiences, assessing teaching practice and providing feedback on a day-to-day basis.
They work in consultation with the Head of Mentoring and the University Coordinator to support the implementation of TECE modules and school-based assessments.
How to apply
To be eligible for the TECE program you must:
- Be in your final year of initial teacher education
- Commit over a 12-month period to complete a minimum of 50 additional mentored classroom hours plus 50 additional hours of professional learning
- Be able to demonstrate high quality academic and non-academic capabilities by achieving and maintaining a minimum GPA of 5.5 or higher
- Be available to commence employment as a teacher in a Queensland State School following successful completion of all the TECE program
Application to the TECE program is competitive due to the limited availability of places and desirable benefits. Candidates who are undertaking the Master of Secondary Teaching or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at Griffith University are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
NOTE: This program is for preservice teachers who are yet to gain their teacher qualifications.
Eligible candidates must demonstrate the capability to teach senior secondary in one or more of the following areas:
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Biology (in conjunction with one of the aforementioned specialist subject areas)
Applicants with junior STEAM subject area specialisations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
From 2019 the STEAM TECE is offering candidates who do not initially meet all of the eligibility criteria, including those who are specialising in subjects other than those listed above, the opportunity to engage in the Endeavour Induction Program. Please contact the STEAM TECE for further information about this program.
To apply, you must complete the following process
- Complete the STEAM TECE Preservice Teacher application form (PDF 1MB)
- Complete the DoE online application for entry to the STEAM TECE and submit the required documentation via Smart Jobs (search keyword ‘ TECE ’).
The following documents must be provided as supporting evidence of your eligibility for the program:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic transcript (prior qualifications)
- Practicum final report applicable for Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students only
The operation of the TECE is overseen by a Governance Committee which is responsible for the endorsement of the Annual Operational Plan for the TECE.
The central partnership of the Centre is reflected in the Governance Committee makeup – with Griffith University, the STEAM TECE cluster schools, the employer (represented centrally and locally) and the Queensland Teachers Union all seeking to achieve best practice in STEAM preservice teacher preparation, recruitment and induction.
Anj Dillon, Head of Mentoring, coordinates the school-based programs for the group of preservice teachers placed in the school sites. She briefs mentor teachers on placement requirements and maintains regular contact throughout the supervision period. Anj also provides pastoral support to preservice
teachers, observes preservice teacher’s teaching and provides formative and summative feedback, assessment and advice on preservice teachers’ teaching practice.
Anj assists the University Coordinator with the preparation and delivery of the practicum seminar program.
Dr Harry Kanasa is the University Coordinator and leads the university components of the program. Harry acts as a conduit between the University and the Centre, and works in partnership with the Head of Mentoring to:
- ensure program compliance with Griffith University and other statutory boards including the QCT ;
- develop on-campus (school and University) activities to support the TECE
- liaise with Griffith University staff to develop course profiles to meet the goals of the TECE while ensuring compliance with University and QCT requirements;
- provide oversight of practicum supervision and moderation of assessment of same
- provide leadership of the on-going research program.
|Mark Rickard||Principal / Chair of Governance Committee||Benowa State High School|
|Karen Lindsay||Executive Principal||Helensvale State High School|
|Chris Tobin||Principal||Merrimac State High School|
|Anj Dillon||Head of Mentoring / Secretariat||Benowa State High School|
|Harry Kanasa||University Coordinator||School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University|
|Donna Pendergast||Representative of Griffith University / Advice on Griffith University perspectives||School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University|
|Maryanne Gosling||Representative of ADG Human Resources||Department of Education|
|Jodie McFadden||Representative of QTU||Queensland Teachers Union|
|John Norfolk||Regional Director / Advice on regional perspectives||Department of Education, South East Region|
|Kirsty Payne||Director, Human Resources Business Partnering||Department of Education, South East Region|