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Secondary Education Staff (Qld)

Tertiary education includes qualifications undertaken in university (higher education) and vocational education and training (VET) including TAFE and Registered Training Organisations. With most employment and career paths requiring tertiary qualifications, continuing education beyond secondary school is increasingly becoming a necessity. Studies have shown that students who pursue further studies generally experience better socioeconomic, wellbeing and life outcomes. For students with disability, tertiary education offers an opportunity to pursue education tailored to their interests, abilities, and vocational goals. However, transitioning to tertiary education can be daunting, and students with disability may require additional support. As such, educators and school-based staff play a crucial role in preparing students for this transition.

To ensure that students with disability have equitable access to tertiary education, secondary educators and school staff must recognise the critical role they play in this process. By providing guidance and support, secondary education staff can help students identify and pursue their interests and goals, ultimately empowering them to thrive in tertiary education and beyond.

Overview of Program

This training program is designed for school staff and educators in all sectors who support students with disability who are transitioning or preparing to transition to tertiary education. This includes:

  • teachers and learning support staff;
  • guidance counsellors and career practitioners;
  • disability support and liaison staff, including allied health professionals and participation assistants;
  • school leadership teams including heads of departments;
  • vocational education officers;
  • home school educators; and
  • others who work with senior secondary students with a disability.

While the information provided is especially useful to staff who provide career and vocational guidance to students, any staff who teach, guide, and support young people with disability will find the program valuable.

There are five modules in this program, and they are designed to be undertaken in order. You may work through the program at your own pace, and you do not need to complete it in one sitting. You can log out and return, and your progress will be saved. Short quizzes provide checkpoints for understanding, and a certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of all five modules.

Time to complete: Allocate approximately 60 minutes per module. ​

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

This program addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):