Delivered in partnership with Teach for Australia, the Leadership Development Program allows students to complete a nationally accredited and internationally recognised ACU Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice).
Teach for Australia’s Leadership Development Program is a scholarship that sponsors exceptional students who commit to teaching in disadvantaged communities. Successful recipients participate in the program while undertaking studies towards becoming a secondary school teacher.
Teach for Australia recruits outstanding individuals with academic expertise as well as a range of skills and experience. Those selected to participate in the program become associates, who commit to teach in an educationally disadvantaged secondary school for at least two years.
How the program works
The journey begins with a six week in-residence program (initial intensive). The introductory program provides a theoretical and practical foundation for teaching in a low socio-economic community. By the end of the initial intensive associates would have completed part of our Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) degree. At this time associates complete a two-week teaching practicum, which gives them the practical skills needed to be successful in the classroom.
The course is delivered online and is made up of lectures, thought-provoking dialogues, practical workshops, group and individual assessments.
In joining our University associates become part of a learning community that views teacher formation as a holistic process. The development of professional skills and knowledge is embedded in the program underpinned by our commitment to human dignity and the common good - our graduates are empowered to maximise the potential of every child they teach. This commitment aligns with the work of Teach For Australia (TFA) in breaking the cycle of disadvantage by developing exceptional teachers and leaders and placing them in areas of need across Australia.
Further information about the program structure, eligibility and how to apply can be found here.
Start teaching and earning sooner
After the initial intensive associates begin teaching (with full salary and benefits) at secondary schools across Australia. They teach 80 per cent of a full-time load to allow time for ongoing study. Additionally, associates have regular contact with a strong support team from ACU and TFA.
ACU prepares the next generation of education leaders through delivering our highly respected initial teacher programs. We strive to explore, critique and address the various issues and challenges that are a part of the everyday lives of teachers, leaders, students and carers in educational institutions and communities.