More scholarships to support teachers


Released 07/08/2019

More ACT teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills by applying to one of the 30 new University of Canberra (UC) Master of Education scholarships open from today.

As I announced last week, as part of the First Phase Implementation Plan of the Future of Education Strategy, 30 new scholarships are available for 2020 to strengthen and enhance teacher capability as part of the University of Canberra Affiliated Schools Program.
These scholarships benefit not only the teachers—who will improve their professional practice, confidence and skill set—but also Canberra’s students who will benefit from enhanced teaching practices.

The Master of Education at the University of Canberra is an innovative and specially designed program that supports the development of teaching and learning in ACT public schools.
Units have been designed to provide rich, rigorous learning opportunities to support the development of a regional community of practice and is delivered in intensive blocks during school stand down periods.

The 2020 program will be the second round of scholarships following the success of the first intensive program during the April 2019 school holidays, with UC academics praising the high calibre of teachers as the first cohort has achieved more distinction and high distinction grades than any other previous masters group.

Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra said “This is another great example of the University of Canberra working with government for the benefit of our entire society. This embeds life-long learning into our teachers that will have positive effects on students for years to come.”

These annual scholarships are part of a package of supports within the First Phase Implementation Plan that include professional experience placements for pre-service teachers as well as comprehensive mentor training for new public school teachers to make sure supports are in place the moment new teachers arrive in the classroom.

The ACT Government is committed to delivering the best possible education for Canberra students, empowering teachers and learning professionals to thrive, and working with school communities to ensure the best possible outcomes for families.


An information session for the 2020 Master of Education intake will be held on 8 August 2019 at 4pm at Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, Fremantle St, Stirling for interested teachers and school leaders. Online applications are due by 27 September 2019.

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