Improving the quality of graduate teachers in schools to meet the needs for teaching in the digital world

The STEAM Teacher Education Centre for Excellence was established for the purpose of supporting the development of high-quality teachers in the areas of Science (including Psychology), Technology, Engineering, Arts (i.e. English) and Mathematics. This is made possible through the exclusive partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland Department of Education (DoE). Alumni of this program are excelling in their roles as classroom teachers and school leaders.

This exclusive partnership provides students who successfully complete the program with the opportunity of:

  • being prioritised for permanent offer of employment in the South East Region of DoE;
  • being favourably considered for DoE scholarships and bursaries leading to permanency outside of the south east corner;
  • being supported by trained mentors, accessing resources not usually made available to preservice teachers, and engaging in a professional development program that aims to prepare students for teaching in Education Queensland schools.

How to apply

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. Please contact Anj Dillon - Head of Mentoring if you would like further clarification or assistance with this process.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate the capability to teach senior secondary in one or more of the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Technology
  • 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 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

  1. Complete the STEAM TECE Preservice Teacher application form.
  2. 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

Why study Education at Griffith?

Griffith has the highest education graduate success rate in Australia and the School of Education and Professional Studies is among the world’s leading education schools, ranked in the top 100 worldwide. Hands on experience in the classroom means our graduates are highly sought after in schools across Australia.


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Mentor teachers

The TECE is about quality teachers working collaboratively, growing our profession and assisting our 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. Mentor teachers work in consultation with the Head of Mentoring and the University Coordinator to support the implementation of TECE modules and school based assessments.

Preservice teachers

The preservice teachers are enrolled in secondary initial teacher education programs. This exciting opportunity offers successful applicants several benefits over an extended period. Preservice teachers selected for enrolment in the TECE will gain valuable knowledge of DoE systemic processes such as the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). You'll also have access to professional development opportunities that will support your development as an educator in a nurturing environment, and have opportunities to network with your peers and future colleagues.

Governance Committee

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 PayneDirector, Human Resources Business PartneringDepartment of Education, South East Region

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