New UWS Indigenous graduates celebrate milestone

Indigenous teachers celebrate  

A new generation of primary education teachers will join the classrooms this year after graduating from the University of Western Sydney.  

The April 2015 graduation ceremony saw 19 teachers from the Bachelor of Education (Primary), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education program cross the stage to collect their testamurs.  

Students and their families attended the ceremony at the UWS Parramatta campus to celebrate with the new graduates, academics and staff from the University. 

UWS recognises the need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in the classroom and is committed to assisting with addressing this issue.  

The development of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree program at UWS in 1984 was a strategic initiative of the University and has contributed to providing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Teachers in the education system. 

The program has graduated Primary Teachers from various locations and age groups.  Students can be current and non-current school leavers, mature age parents that always wanted to be teachers, people with a desire for a career change and Aboriginal Education assistants or Liaison Officers wanting to become full time teachers.  

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) ATSIE currently has more than 60 students enrolled over the 4 year undergraduate degree.  The program is offered at the UWS Bankstown campus and is taught in block mode that includes on campus visits during each year comprising of one to two weeks, four to six times a year.  

On campus accommodation, travel and meals are provided for eligible students. Units of study include the primary curriculum, cultural content and professional experience, giving students the opportunity to undertake this practical component of study in their own community.  

The degree program provides graduates the skills and understanding to teach effectively across the Kindergarten to Year 6 curriculum.


17 April 2015 

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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