Here's a great way to get your teaching career off to a flying start: the NSW Department of Education and Communities' 2015 Teacher Education Scholarship Program.
Whether you're completing your HSC, studying a relevant course at university, or working in another field and considering a career change, a teaching scholarship will get you on your way.
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This year, up to 300 scholarships are available for talented students to train as teachers in secondary mathematics, science (physics), technological and applied studies or English, and in special education.
Up to 80 of these scholarships are available exclusively for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students to train as teachers in primary or any secondary subject.
Hear our scholars' thoughts about the benefits of a Teacher Education Scholarship.
It's a competitive industry and it's fantastic to go through your degree and know you will have the opportunity to apply the skills you've been learning through uni straight away. Absolutely go for it. Teacher Education Scholarship Holder
Inspired by her many `fantastic teachers', including her opportunity class teacher in Years 5 and 6, Adriana Manley's love of learning translated into an interest in returning to the classroom as a teacher.
Adriana studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education double degree, majoring in drama and English. On her way home from an initial information session about the university offerings, Adriana saw an advertisement for DEC's Teacher Education Scholarship program and realised it offered great opportunities for her future career.
She was particularly attracted to the prospect of a guaranteed job at the end of her studies and the assistance the scholarship provided during her studies. `That's been fantastic for me. I'm very glad I made the decision to apply'.
As a newly appointed English teacher at Bossley Park High School in Sydney's west, Adriana loves the opportunity to share her interest in language. She is also passionate about drama and its potential to help students develop confidence, as it has done for her.
The first few months naturally have been hectic, but `… it's been really rewarding to get to know the students. My school has a really interesting cultural mix and I'm really interested in getting to know the background of all the kids. I want to help them become lifelong learners and strong individuals'.
To others considering a Teacher Education Scholarship, Adriana's message is simple: ` It's a competitive industry and it's fantastic to go through your degree and know you will have the opportunity to apply the skills you've been learning through uni straight away. Absolutely go for it.'
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