The Rural Teaching Program supports final year student teachers participation in rural practicums in Western Australian public schools.
If you are a student teacher in your final year of study, the Rural Teaching Program can offer you a great opportunity to undertake your practicum in a rural (country) school or a remote school. The Program provides successful applicants with a stipend to assist with travel and living expenses whilst residing in a rural location.
During your rural practicum you will be able to meet, work with and be supported by dedicated staff with teaching experience in country schools. You will be encouraged to be actively involved in the local community so that you can fully experience life in a rural area.
Applications are now open for opportunites to participate in the 2013 Rural Teaching Program.
To be eligible to participate in the Rural Teaching Program you need to:
Priority will be given to those studying towards a:
Other teaching areas considered:
Eligible regions for Rural Teaching Program stipend will be:
For more information on individual Western Australian public schools visit Schools Online.
To be eligible for the stipend your student teacher practicum must be:
If you are unsure if your practicum or selected school is eligible please check with the Department’s Rural Teaching Program coordinator.
To support you during your school practicum, you will be provided a stipend to assist with your travel and living expenses.
The amount you will receive for your return journey is based on the Department’s standard allowances for using the most cost effective method of travel. It is therefore advisable that you make reservations in advance for air or train travel to minimise the costs for late bookings and to take advantage of any advertised fare specials. You are encouraged to contact the Rural Teaching Program coordinator if you wish to know the precise travel allowance for each location.
The living subsidy you will receive depends on the region where you complete your practicum.
The current rates are:
Accommodation is difficult to find in some regional areas.
If you have access to accommodation it may assist with your placement.
The Rural and Remote Training Schools Project team liaise with school principals to ascertain the availability of accommodation before making placements.
Placement in the Rural Teaching Program is dependent on either yourself or the school being able to find suitable accommodation.
For further information contact the Rural Teaching Program coordinator.
You are expected to successfully complete the practicum. If your circumstances change and you are unable to complete the teaching practice as stated in your application, please contact the Rural Teaching Program coordinator as soon as possible. You will be required to return the funds if your Rural Teaching Program practicum does not proceed or you complete your practicum in a metropolitan or private school. A pro-rata amount will be calculated if the practicum is terminated early. This will be considered on an individual basis, at the discretion of the Department.
Doing your practicum in the country is a great way to experience a new lifestyle while developing your teaching skills.
Cara-Leigh Christie, an early childhood student, undertook a ten week practicum (as part of the Rural Teaching Program) at Wangkatjunka Remote Community School and began her teaching career at Looma Remote Community School.
Lauren Osborne, while at Murdoch University, completed her final practicum at Marble Bar Primary School. She completed a temporary teaching position at Sandstone Remote Community School and then accepted a permanent teaching role at Marble Bar Primary School.
Cleome Tyler and Izelle Joubert, students at Edith Cowan University, completed their final assistant teacher program at Yandeyarra Remote Community School with the support of the Department of Education's Remote Teaching Service Support Team.
|A:||Rural Teaching Program Coordinator|
|School Staffing Services|
|Department of Education|
|151 Royal Street|
|EAST PERTH WA 6004|
|T:||08 9264 4497|
|F:||08 9264 4571|