Education and Arts

Return to Teaching in Schools Program

Welcome to Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Return to Teaching in Schools (RTTS) professional development program.

Designed by ACU in conjunction with Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), the course will help you maintain currency in the necessary skills, knowledge and practices for teaching in Queensland schools.

This program has been approved by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and meets the RTTS condition on your registration. Completion of the program will enable the Returning to Teaching condition on your full registration to be removed. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive an ACU Certificate of Completion to forward to the QCT to satisfy their requirements.

The Return to Teaching in Schools Program (RTTS) is for teachers from across all phases of learning (early childhood, secondary and primary) who:

  • have a Return to Teaching condition on their registration certificates and wish to continue or return to teach in a Queensland school
  • do not have recency of practice
  • may be returning to teaching after a significant break, or
  • teach only for low amounts each year, such as relief teachers.

The RTTS Program will enable you to update your pedagogical knowledge and become familiar with recent changes in policy and current education reforms, including the Australian Curriculum and NAPLAN testing.

The course is offered fully online and provides complete flexibility for students. Extensive resources are made available online and include documents, video clips, vodcasts, online quizzes and guided reviews.

Course Costs: $800
Course Duration: Eight weeks (with a commitment of approximately 6 hours per week)
Mode of Offering: Fully online
Course Dates:

  • Winter 2017 Course runs between 26 June and 21 August 2017
    Registration is now open and closes on 31 May 2017.
  • Summer Course runs between 1 December 2017 and 9 February 2018
    Registration will be open between 1 September and 30 November

Cancellation prior to commencement will incur a $50 administration fee. No refunds will be available after commencement of the course.

The course content has been compiled jointly by staff at ACU (Brisbane) and Brisbane Catholic Education. The program consists of five sections:

1. Returning to the Profession

  • Professional Standards
  • The National Agenda
  • The Queensland Agenda

2. Effective Teaching

  • Learner Centred Pedagogy
  • Cooperative Teaching Practices

3. Effective Learning

  • Challenges for all learners
  • Overview of syllabuses/guidelines
  • Specific syllabuses & phases of learning

4. Curriculum and Assessment

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Literacy and Numeracy

5. Classroom Management

6. The Legal Context

  • Legislation
  • Education Policies

Each section has a series of activities for you to undertake. You will complete an assessment task at the end of each section.

Have you worked in an area of education, other than a classroom, for the last five years?

You can apply for RPL by providing documentary evidence of having satisfied requirements for one or more of the modules described in the course outline.

RPL can only be granted for a whole Module, so the evidence you supply needs to cover all of the content in that Module, not just a section of it.

Apply for RPL

Download ACU RTTS brochure (PDF, 129KB)