Indigenous Australian Education

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Indigenous Australian Education unit is a must for primary school teachers and early childhood educators, particularly those who work in schools with a high Indigenous student population.

Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, the unit is designed to produce culturally sensitive and socially aware teachers who will thrive in Australian Indigenous learning environments.

The unit takes you through the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and encourages you to consider how events such as the Stolen Generation have influenced education and learning for these populations.

You will also examine contemporary issues currently facing education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and consider the role of education in reconciliation.

With this knowledge under your belt, you will be better equipped to develop proactive learning environments for Indigenous schools, and know how to apply the most effective strategies and interventions in the classroom.

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Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Areas of study

In this education unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Acknowledgement of country – introduction to unit and background to studies
  • Preparation to teach – identity, culture and stereotypes
  • Indigenous history – the implications for education
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary education
  • Indigenous terms of reference (ITR)
  • History and culture of the Torres Strait Islander
  • Contemporary issues – language and communication
  • Gifted and talented Indigenous students
  • The Stolen Generation – implications for teaching
  • Cross-cultural teaching
  • Wealth of experience – working with Indigenous teaching assistants
  • The role of education in reconciliation

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is a sound career move for primary school teachers and early childhood educators who are keen on expanding their teaching potential and job prospects.

You’ll walk away from this unit as a more culturally sensitive and socially aware teacher who is able to:

  • Identify and understand the personal and cultural imperatives of Indigenous Australian communities and individuals
  • Understand how contemporary and historical factors have affected Indigenous communities, and be mindful of this information whilst teaching students
  • Select and apply effective teaching strategies in classrooms with Indigenous students
  • Reflect upon your own teaching philosophy and practices to develop a learning environment that is inclusive and proactive
  • Understand who the various stakeholders are and what resources are available Australian Indigenous learning environments

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Indigenous Australian Education from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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