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

This school-based program is integrated into the Master of Secondary Teaching course offered on the Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses for students pursuing careers as mathematics, science, English or technology teachers and will be valued in state schooling recruitment processes for high performing preservice teachers. A stronger connection between theoretical and practical elements of teacher education is implicit to this Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE).

The TECE activities will support a seamless transition to the new teaching in Queensland State Schools. This will require consultation with Griffith University to develop a range of targeted teacher attributes including creativity, problem solving ability, willingness to learn and demonstration of deep level knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

All teachers and leaders will be committed to identifying and implementing better teaching methods and a high priority is given to evidence based teaching strategies that have been demonstrated through research to be highly effective.

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Why apply to the STEAM Teacher Education Centre of Excellence?

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.

Future students

Considering changing to a teaching career? Entry in to the STEAM TECE program requires a written application and an interview. You must have an undergraduate degree in which studies in Science (including Psychology), Technology, Engineering, Arts (i.e. English) and/or Mathematics are clearly present. One area must be a main teaching area (at least 6 courses contributing content to one specific discipline area). A second teaching area (must have minimum of 4 semester courses for content in that discipline area).

You can apply for the Master of Secondary Teaching through Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre and your application will be assessed by the Griffith University Program Convenor. You will then be invited by the Head of Mentoring to apply for entry to the STEAM TECE program.

If you do not receive a TECE offer, you are still able to accept the Griffith offer through QTAC and will complete the Master of Secondary Teaching through the standard Griffith University program. English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. There are minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to all programs.

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 graduate entry initial teacher education programs. This exciting opportunity offers successful applicants a number of benefits over an extended period of time. Preservice teachers selected for enrolment in the TECE will gain valuable knowledge of  DET systemic processes such as the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance System. 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 Members

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 RickardPrincipal / Chair of Governance CommitteeBenowa State High School
Karen LindsayExecutive PrincipalHelensvale State High School
Chris TobinPrincipalMerrimac State High School
Anj DillonHead of Mentoring / SecretariatBenowa State High School
Harry KanasaUniversity CoordinatorSchool of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
Donna PendergastRepresentative of Griffith University / Advice on Griffith University perspectivesSchool of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
Maryanne GoslingRepresentative of ADG Human ResourcesDepartment of Education
Jodie McFaddenRepresentative of QTUQueensland Teachers Union
Annie CampbellPrincipal Project Officer Department of Education
John NorfolkRegional Director South East Region / Advice on regional perspectivesEducation Queensland


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