The Swinburne Teachers and Regional (remote and low socioeconomic) 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, remote and/or lower socio-educational advantage schools in Victoria, giving access to particular educational communities and development opportunities on their path to becoming a teacher.
As part of the STARS program, you will:
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 for teaching in regional, remote and low socioeconomic schools.
Successful applicants will express empathy, commitment and strong communication skills.
Pre-service teachers based in Victoria who are continuing students in the eligible courses will receive an email from us outlining how to provide your application to us.
In your application, please address and provide:
Units of study:
Successful completion of professional experience units to date is required.
Provide your mentor reports from your prior placements.
Provide your LANTITE ACER test results showing your successful completion of both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) test.
Along with this documentation, please include: Two-to-three-minute video on teaching philosophy and commitment to regional, remote and low socioeconomic communities. Please submit as an attached file, or a shared link to a file (this could be a private YouTube link, or cloud folder storage platform, for example).
Skills assessed: Communication, empathy and commitment.
The STARS program commences mid-year 2022 (TP2, Q3).
This opportunity is only open to 75 students and therefore a rigorous selection process will take place.
This program will run alongside your current units of study. You will be enrolled into a STARS program unit. The unit is at no cost to you. Introductions to the STARS program are planned to commence in late May/early June. The STARS unit will commence from June. There are five modules of additional study and activities supported by academic teacher mentors. Engagement with the modules will be periodic, and is planned to occur between June to October 2022. The workload per module is anticipated to be approximately 10 hours over two to three weeks for each module. More specific details will be provided to successful applicants.
During the year the program runs (mid-year 2022 to mid-year 2023), you must undertake both remaining placements (or the one remaining), in your course during this time.
The STARS program placement schools can be in regional and rural or low socioeconomic schools in Victoria that will be selected by Swinburne, with pre-service teachers matched to schools.
Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) will be supporting Swinburne to access and source the placement schools on your behalf.
Provided your secured placement is in regional, rural or low socioeconomic Victorian school and you have been successful in your STARS application, Swinburne can support negotiations with your placement setting to ascertain if they wish to be part of the program.
No, we will work with the schools upon a successful application.
We will be open to discuss this with you further.
No, all costs associated with travel or accommodation will be incurred by the pre-service teacher. We hope to match pre-service teachers with a school in their area. If you are a successful applicant, and there may be travel involved for you to get to the school. We will discuss with you the situation before matching you to the school.
You will receive a certificate of completion outlining your completion of the program. This certificate will be a valuable addition to your resume when applying for graduate teaching positions.