Pathways into teaching

Pathways into teaching

A range of opportunities exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to commence study in a supportive and empowering university environment.

Meeting ATAR requirements is not the only entry option when considering becoming a qualified teacher. Universities provide a range of alternative pathways to enable and encourage people to take the first step towards a future career in teaching.

University outreach and engagement programs are available to educate and support secondary students. These provide insightful and hands-on opportunities for school leavers considering further education.

Curtin University's Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) provides student support services including tutoring, mentoring, work placements, accommodation and assistance with scholarships and ABSTUDY applications.

With a range of enabling courses and alternative entry pathways, in addition to ATAR, they are committed to assisting students with finding their right pathway.

Curtin University has established relationships with a number of existing in-school secondary student programs including Follow the Dream, Narrogin school camp and the Clontarf Girls Basketball Academy.

Visit Curtin for more information.


Murdoch University’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre engages and provides support to high school students, aspirant university students and currently enrolled students with a number of programs.

They encourage high school students to explore ATAR and non-ATAR learning pathways through Kulbardi's engagement and outreach program with their annual Deadly Dreaming event, ongoing in-school workshops, community events and more.

The K-Track enabling program provides an alternate entry in to an undergraduate degree and includes additional support and mentoring. Students also have the option to complete the support unit to transition in to a Bachelor of Education.

Visit Murdoch or phone 9360 2128 for more information.

Notre Dame University offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support including alternative entry opportunities, mentoring and assistance with accommodation, tutoring, work placements, scholarships and ABSTUDY applications.

The Tertiary Pathways Program (TPP) is an alternate pathway for students who have not met the requirements for entry in to an undergraduate course and can be completed in Year 12. The program is offered in-person or via a virtual classroom setting. Successful completion may allow students direct entry in to undergraduate Education courses.

Notre Dame’s Broome campus delivers Certificate III and IV courses in education support to Aboriginal and Islander education officers. Funding to complete certificates may be available through the Department of Education's Aboriginal Support Staff Professional Learning Program.

Visit Notre Dame or phone 9433 0950 for more information.

The School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) focusses on enabling staff, students and the wider Aboriginal community to develop a sense of Aboriginal identity and community whilst on campus. They provide advice on study options, alternative entry pathways, ABSTUDY, scholarships and cadetships, childcare and accommodation.

UWA offers a wide range of outreach programs and activities encouraging secondary students to complete Year 12 and pursue further education at university. These programs include residential camps, revision courses, career expos and hands-on experiences to introduce students to university life, role models, potential careers and more.

Visit UWA or phone 6488 3428 for more information.

Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research at Edith Cowan University (ECU) provides student support services with outreach and engagement programs, entry pathways, mentoring and tutorial assistance.

They aim to create an understanding and adaptive environment for students with enabling courses and alternative entry pathways in addition to ATAR entry.

ECU's outreach and engagement initiatives encourage students to seek higher education including the Kurongkurl Katitjin Family Day, residential programs and cultural competency courses.

Visit ECU or phone 9370 6689 for more information.

Email us if you would like further information on any of these programs.