Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships in Australia, 2013/14

The Queensland Government offers early childhood teacher scholarships in Australia. The Scholarship Program is designed to upgrade the qualifications of three-year qualified teachers working in the early childhood education and care sector whose existing qualifications. The Queensland Government has committed that by 2014 all Queensland children will have access to a kindergarten program in the year prior to prep. Eligible employees with a three year university qualification will be able to upgrade to a four year early childhood teaching qualification. Scholarship recipients will receive support and financial assistance from the Department to undertake the approved part-time study program while maintaining their employment in an early childhood education and care service.. The Department of Education, Training and Employment is pleased to offer scholarships for current employees of early childhood education and care services to support them to upgrade their qualifications. The scholarships will assist employees currently working in an approved centre-based long day care or kindergarten service, and who already hold a minimum three year Higher Education Institution (HEI) qualification, to upgrade their qualifications to the equivalent of a four year early childhood teaching qualification. Scholarship recipients will receive support and financial assistance from the Department to undertake the approved part-time study program while maintaining their employment in an early childhood education and care service. The information contained in this booklet is provided for people considering applying for an Early Childhood Teacher Scholarship and for their employers.  The scholarships will assist employees currently working in an approved centre-based long day care or kindergarten service, and who already hold a minimum three year Higher Education Institution (HEI) qualification, to upgrade their qualifications to the equivalent of a four year early childhood teaching qualification.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  The identified study pathway program, Bachelor of Education (In-service) is through the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Completion of the scholarship study pathway will enable these teachers to be recognized as early childhood teachers for the purposes of both the National Law and QKFS
Who can apply to this scholarship?  The Early Childhood Teacher Scholarship Program is open to individuals who:
· are currently employed in an approved centre
· based long day care or kindergarten service;
· hold a minimum three year HEI qualification, and are eligible for entry into the identified pathway program;
· are not currently studying in the specified scholarship pathway program;
· are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia;
· have the support of their employer to undertake further study; and,
· have a demonstrated commitment to the early childhood education and care sector.
Benefits of the scholarship:  Scholarship recipients will be provided with a range of support directly related to the required study program including: -payment of fees associated with enrolment in the study program, including student service fees; and – study allowance of $500 per semester (maximum of $2,000 during the scholarship period) to assist with the purchase of textbooks, computer and internet access and other incidental costs associated with completing the study requirements.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Scholarship offers for the period of study commencing in Semester 2, 2013 and concluding by the end of Semester 1, 2015. Scholarship recipients must undertake two years of continuous part-time study (4 semesters), commencing in Semester 2, 2013 and concluding at the end of Semester 1, 2015.
Number of scholarships:  A maximum of 50 Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships will be awarded for this period of study.

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