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Teach For Australia pilot program

The Teach For Australia program:

  • offers an alternative pathway into the teaching profession
  • aims to help fill vacancies in regional and rural secondary schools with subject specialists.

The department is currently piloting the Teach For Australia program in selected regional schools from 2021.

About Teach For Australia

Teach For Australia offers an alternative and accelerated pathway into the teaching profession. The program allows talented university graduates with subject specialist skills to teach in a regional classroom while completing their master's teaching qualification.

Participants in the program (referred to as associates) are placed in harder-to-staff secondary vacancies at a participating school in regional, rural or remote locations.

Before starting in the classroom, the associates complete an intensive teaching program as part of their master's degree and qualify for a Special Authority to Teach from the Teachers Registration Board. They then complete their Master in Teaching degree, with formal mentorship, while on a 2 year teaching placement.

Visit Teach For Australia for more information about the program.

South Australian pilot in action

The Teach For Australia program has been operating successfully interstate since 2010.

In 2021, the department began a pilot of the program in selected regional South Australian schools.

Pilot round 2 – 2022

Recruitment for the 2022 intake is now closed.

We are working towards placing up to 12 aspiring educators in hard to staff regional high schools. 

Successful applicants: 

  • must hold a bachelor’s degree (from any subject area except education) and have a passion for teaching
  • will be employed at 1.0 FTE in a regional high school on a 2 or 4 year teaching contract
  • will teach while being supported to complete their master's degree. 

Priority is given to applications of eligible South Australian residents. 

Pilot round 1 – 2021

Three participants (associates) are currently placed as part of the pilot's first round in 2021. Each associate completed Teach For Australia’s rigorous selection process that assessed their disposition for teaching.

The 2021 associates are:

  • David Drummond is a Bachelor of Music graduate. He brings his experience working as a musician and band manager to Stuart High School in Whyalla.
  • Rebecca Magee holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She has experience working as a pharmacy assistant and is placed at Roxby Downs Area School teaching STEM subjects.  
  • Joshua Biermann is also placed at Roxby Downs Area School to teach STEM subjects. He is a Bachelor of Engineering graduate and has been working as a civil engineer in Australia and Vietnam.

The pilot aims to improve access to curriculum opportunities for students in these regional locations, as the associates will bring specialist subject knowledge to meet the needs of students.

Consultation

Consultation has been undertaken with the Australian Education Union and Teachers Registration Board in South Australia. This alternate pathway is accredited under 'Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures'. It's targeted to appropriate vacancies and requires subject specialists to have the appropriate authority and support to teach in the classroom.

Culture and Capability – Workforce Development

Phone: 8226 4177
Email: Education.CareerDevelopment [at] sa.gov.au