SCU addressing teacher shortage

SOUTHERN Cross University (SCU) will help address the national and international shortage of secondary teachers with the introduction of two new secondary teaching courses at the Tweed Gold Coast campus next year.

SCU will be offering the Graduate Diploma of Education and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the Tweed-Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses from 2005.

The courses will be in addition to the Primary and Secondary teaching programs offered at the Lismore campus.

School of Education course co-ordinator Dr Brian Kean said secondary teaching was now a very attractive career option, with a shortage of teachers around the world and starting salaries of $43,000 or more.

"There are international shortages in secondary teaching. Our students end up in the UK, US and Canada and in a range of places in Australia," Dr Kean said.

There are 30 new education places at Tweed Heads.

The two courses offered in 2005 will provide the professional skills and the qualification necessary to teach in a secondary school.

The Graduate Diploma of Education is a one-year grad- uate entry program suitable for students whose undergraduate degree content provides a suitable basis for teaching in one or more of the key learning areas of the secondary school curriculum.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a two-year graduate entry program designed for students who need additional units in a content knowledge area to qualify for secondary teaching. The courses are for internal study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Applicants interested in either course should contact Renee Parker on 02 6626 9263 or by email

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