The Step into Teaching Scholarships support high-achieving Science, Mathematics and Design and Technology graduates who would like to make a difference in the lives of young Queenslanders by becoming a state high school teacher.
The Step into Teaching Scholarships are offered to individuals who hold relevant tertiary qualifications and who are prepared to undertake a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (or an equivalent approved initial teacher education program) in at least one of the following high-priority secondary curriculum areas:
Mathematics B and C
Industrial Technology and Design.
After completion of the one-year, full-time study program, scholarship recipients who meet the teacher suitability requirements will secure permanent employment with the department. As beginning teachers, scholarship recipients will be appointed to a supportive school environment where they will have the opportunity to consolidate their skills and build a valuable experience base.
study on a full-time basis and successfully complete all academic and professional experience requirements of the program within the academic year
undertake a professional experience placement in a host school
commit to permanent, full-time employment as a teacher with the department for a minimum of three years
accept appointment to a Queensland state school at the discretion of the department.
Scholarship recipients receive:
$25 000 in financial support to undertake their studies if committing to teach in a rural or remote location
$12 500 in financial support if committing to teach in other high priority locations
access to permanent employment with the department after graduation
assistance in securing professional experience placements
access to relevant departmental resources, networks and programs.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must:
have a strong commitment to becoming a high school teacher
undertake a Graduate Diploma in Education - Secondary (or equivalent) in the curriculum areas of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Industrial Technology and Design at a Queensland higher education institution
be eligible for registration and employment as a teacher in Queensland for a minimum of three years from the commencement of the current Semester
be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia.
Scholarship applications will be assessed on the basis of information requested in the application form. Applications will be ranked and the most meritorious applicants selected. Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the available quota.
Applicants will be assessed with respect to the following criteria:
knowledge and skills in the relevant curriculum area and potential capacity to effectively apply these in an educative role
commitment to teaching in Queensland state schools and in high demand curriculum areas
preparedness to teach in rural, remote or regional locations.