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Swinburne's STARS Program

The new STARS in regional and remote education

The Swinburne Teachers and Regional Remote Schools (STARS) is a program for pre-service teachers as part of the Access Quality Teaching Initiative, funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. This program provides valuable experience to students studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary)Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary).

The STARS program places pre-service teachers in professional experience placements in regional and remote and/or lower socio-educational advantage schools, giving them unique access to new and challenging educational communities.

Enhance your teaching skills

As part of the STARS program, you will:

  • Be part of a community with other pre-service teachers, schools and education experts.
  • Be supported while learning around different communities, people, cultures and identities.
  • Develop strong teaching skills to inform and support you in the classroom, including a focus on trauma-informed pedagogy. You will undertake an adaptable curriculum, and simulated VR classroom practice experiences, to support and develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Have an academic mentor and school mentor who will support you throughout the program, especially during professional experience placements.
  • Have access to unique graduate opportunities for employment.
 

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for the STARS program consists of academic performance and non-academic attributes. This provides a well-rounded assessment that supports excellent teaching and encourages development of the AITSL professional standards.

The STARS program has rigorous and culturally responsive selection criteria. Non-academic attributes are highly regarded to help build long-term teacher self-efficacy, which leads to stronger capabilities in the more challenging regional and remote schools.

Successful applicants will express empathy, commitment and strong communication skills.

  • Academic performance:

    Credit or above performance in:

    • Undergraduate: EDU10005 and EDU10004
    • Postgraduate: EDU60017 and EDU80012

    OR

    • Evidence of a credit or above average in all units completed so far

    OR

    • Evidence of improvement over progression of units

    Successful completion of professional experience units to date.

    No units have been failed in the ITE program.

    Successful completion of LANTITE.

  • Non-academic attributes:

    Two-to-three-minute video on teaching philosophy and commitment to regional and remote communities (please let us know if you are unable to submit a video).

    Skills assessed: Communication, empathy and commitment.

  • Optional:

    Students can also submit an optional reference letter as part of their application.