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Rural Teaching Academy 

The Rural Teaching Academy is a partnership arrangement between CEP, LaTrobe University, Federation University and four rural school clusters (St. Arnaud, Korumburra, King Valley and the Mallee Track).

It is designed to mutually benefit rural school clusters (including their students and broader community), teacher training universities, as well as pre-service teachers.

Over the past five years, CEP has brokered a number of partnerships involving rural clusters and teacher-training universities. This is an area of work which has been a priority for CEP and has been developed over time and in collaboration with a number of people, organisations and regions.

The partnerships have involved:

  • in excess of 250 pre-service teachers
  • 16 rural clusters across all DEECD regions and Catholic Education Office diocese
  • 8 university teacher training courses

These partnerships between rural education clusters and universities have aimed to:

  • enhance the learning already being provided within the cluster
  • enhance the learning of final year pre service teachers of rural education provision through a “real life” experience.
  • utilise the expertise and knowledge within cluster schools and universities to support pre service teachers learning and enhance the learning of students within the clusters.
  • provide professional development for rural clusters
  • provide the opportunity for research

Click below to watch the promotional clip that has been specifically created for pre-service teachers considering their involvement:

The Rural Teaching Academy engages pre-service teachers in an authentic and immersive experience, allowing them a “real-life” opportunity to put theory into practice. It offers substantial benefits to professional development, day-to-day practice, networking and communities, for all the partners involved.

Built on the positive work already achieved through the Rural Educators Network and the Rural Centre of Excellence, the Rural Teaching Academy will focus on:

  • building partnerships between rural alliances and teacher education universities
  • supporting rural and remote new graduates
  • providing on-going professional learning for rural and remote educators and leaders
  • building upon the learnings from similar approaches in other states and countries.


A Rural New Graduate’s Experiences

Click below to listen to Natalieh, a graduate of the Rural Teaching Academy, as she reflects on her experiences and some unexpected surprises:

More Information

More information on the Rural Teaching Academy can be gained by clicking here — the Rural Teaching Academy

If you are a Pre-Service Teacher wishing to register your involvement, please email us: