Graduate Teachers Professional Learning Program in the Southwest Region of Victoria

Graduate Teachers Professional Learning Program in the Southwest Region of Victoria

Graduate Teachers Professional Learning Program

Southwest Region of Victoria

Delivered online and Face to Face

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Self Directed


About this Program

Deakin University, on behalf of Beyond the Bell (BtB), is offering a professional learning program specifically targeted for graduate teachers in the greater southwest region of Victoria. 

Who is this program for?

There will be two sets of workshops offered: one for graduate teachers in their first and second years of teaching, and another for teachers in the third and fourth years of teaching.

In order to tailor the program to your specific needs, you are invited to complete this survey. By providing Deakin with specific information about your current professional needs, we will be able to develop a timely and relevant professional learning program. The workshops will also provide you with an opportunity to network and connect with other colleagues.

This program will be delivered over two workshops in 2023 (term 2 and term 4) utilising both online and face-to-face modes. To ensure anonymity, the link to register for the workshop will be provided at the end of the survey, that will go directly to Deakin. All graduate teachers are encouraged to attend these workshops. You will not need additional permission from your school to attend these workshops unless they clash with a prior commitment.

Course dates

Graduate teachers in their first/second year of teaching

Date Time Delivery mode
Workshop A Session 1 10 May 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop A Session 2 31 May 2.30 – 4.30 pm Face to face
Workshop A Session 3 14 June 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop B Session 4 11 Oct 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop B Session 5 1 Nov 2.30 – 4.30 pm Face to face
Workshop B Session 6 22 Nov 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online

Location for face to face is the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus

Graduate teachers in their third/fourth year of teaching

Date Time Delivery mode
Workshop A Session 1 11 May 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop A Session 2 31 May 2.30 – 4.30 pm Face to face
Workshop A Session 3 15 June 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop B Session 4 12 Oct 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online
Workshop B Session 5 2 Nov 2.30 – 4.30 pm Face to face
Workshop B Session 6 23 Nov 3.30 – 4.30 pm Online

Location for face to face is the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus


To register for this program please email 

Program staff

Professor Louise Paatsch is the Deputy Director of Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre in Education – Research for Educational Impact (REDI). Her research focuses on children’s and young people’s communication, language, pretend play, and literacy development, with a strong focus on metapragmatic and pragmatic language use and the link to social communication.

Professor Julianne Moss is the Director of REDI – the centre for Research for Educational Impact at Deakin University. REDI is a large research centre that is committed to the never ending struggle for social justice and leading educational idea.  My research program is developed from questions of equity, participation and agency and shows sustained links to schools, school systems and the professional work of early career teachers. Leading change through a focus on curriculum and social theory, curriculum leadership, practitioner inquiry and qualitative research methodology, notably visual methods  I am active in working along education systems in Australia and internationally to shape policy and practice.

Dr Jacqui Peters
Dr Jacqui Peters is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education at Deakin University.  A long time teacher and academic, Jacqui has a keen interest in the student experience, teacher identity, curriculum, assessment and pedagogy, Jacqui’s PhD focused on exploring physical educators’ theorising of their practice.

Mrs Kate Moncrieff , Lecturer In Education (Health And Physical Education). Kate has over 30 years of teaching experience in a wide range of settings and is committed to supporting pre-service and early career teachers. She is currently Course Director of an Initial Teacher Education program.

Research interest: Graduate Teachers; Transition, Belonging and Connectedness; Teacher Education

Mr Ray Messer is the coordinator of Deakin’s Access Quality Teaching (AQT) Secondary School Program and also a Site Director in Deakin’s School Alliance Partnership Program. Ray has worked extensively in teacher education in the areas of professional practice, educational disadvantage and teacher professional learning. Ray’s current research is around the graduate teacher experience, effective mentoring, and blended synchronous learning. Ray has taught in a variety of secondary schools both in Australia and abroad and now provides professional development and support for preservice teachers and educators in both local and international schools.

Dr Trevor Mccandless , Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Education.

Dr Trevor McCandless has worked as a research fellow in REDI since 2017. Among his research interests are educational equity and inclusion, intercultural understanding, graduate teacher development, the future of work and the gender, class and racial implications of school marketing materials.

Dr Harsha Chandir is a research fellow at Deakin’s Research for Educational Impact Centre (REDI). She completed her PhD in 2021 which looked at the assessment of Global Competence in the OECD’s 2018 PISA. Her research interests are international large-scale assessments, sociology of quantification, global citizenship education, intercultural understanding, international mindedness, and education policy.

Mrs Cathy Phillips, Project Officer, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education.  Projects: Professional Learning Education Hub, Supporting Oral Language Development and Access Quality Teaching Program

Program Partners

Deakin Professional Learning Education Hub

Trauma-Responsive Education

Trauma-Responsive Education

Trauma-Responsive Education

Professional learning for professionals working with children and adolescents, including teachers, early childhood educators, and humanitarian workers

Held on 23rd & 24th November, 4 – 5.30pm AEST
Online via Zoom

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About this Seminar

The professional development seminar enables participants to effectively respond to the learning needs of trauma-impacted children and create safe and trusting learning environments for all. The session covers a key theme events, experiences and effects of trauma. 

Australia Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Standards:

  • Standard 1: Know students and how they learn
  • Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments




Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen

Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University. Tebeje holds degrees in history education (Bahir Dar University, 2004), curriculum (Addis Ababa University, 2007), sociology of education (Aarhus University, 2009) and sociology (Monash University, 2013).

Tebeje has established a research program that focuses on understanding educational inequality and policy responses at systemic (national) and institutional (universities and schools) levels.

After he had completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Deakin, Tebeje was awarded Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA, 2019-2021). The DECRA project (2019-2022) focused on educational experiences and outcomes of African heritage youth from refugee backgorunds.

Tebeje leads the Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Responsive Education

New Evidence-informed Practice in English Teaching

New Evidence-informed Practice in English Teaching

Hot Topics: New Evidence-informed Practice in English Teaching

Professional learning for teachers
Register Now

Hot Topics End-of-year Update: Thursday 10th November
5 – 5:45pm, AEST
Cost: $30 p/p
Delivered online

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About this Course

Would you like to hear about the latest research into English education and what it means for your classroom, faculty and school?

Deakin University, in partnership with the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE), is running two stand-alone online professional learning Hot Topics seminars in 2022. These seminars, led by expert researcher in the field, Dr Lucinda McKnight, will provide an extensive and engaging overview of the most urgent, interesting and impactful research in English.

Why you should come:

  • access findings that are often behind journal paywalls, in a fast-paced and highly relevant format.
  • gain multiple practical ideas for how this research can be translated into classroom practice
  • share the implications of this research for your own context.
  • devise ways to adapt, transform or be inspired by new findings.
  • enjoy opportunities for professional discussion, debate and networking.
  • demonstrate your commitment to evidence-informed practice.

What you need to know:

  • the seminars will be recorded for participants’ access afterwards, and for those who are unable to attend in person.
  • different research will be covered in each session.
  • the fee for each session is for cost recovery only.
  • book for one or both sessions.

Aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

      • 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 7.4

    Cost: $30 p/p 


    To register for the programs, visit our registration page


    Dr Lucinda McKnight

    Dr Lucinda McKnight

    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Lucinda McKnight is a current Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellow undertaking a national study of the teaching of writing. She is an experienced English teacher and English teacher educator and current member of the Council for the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE). Lucinda presents locally, nationally and internationally on English education and publishes in a wide range of academic journals, including English in Australia, English in Education and Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education

    Economics + Maths = Financial Capability 2022

    Economics + Maths = Financial Capability 2022

    Economics + Maths = Financial Capability

    Registrations for 2022 have closed.
    To express an interest in learning with us in 2023, email

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    About this Course

    This series aims to boost your knowledge and confidence for teaching economics and finance topics in Year 7-10.

    • Informed by research and designed by leading education scholars;
    • Online study via Zoom with independent, live and small-group activities from the comfort of home or school;
    • Supported by topical teaching ideas and resources mapped to the Australian Curriculum;
    • Aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

    Seminars explore emerging financial trends, such as:

    • Teenage tap n go
    • All fun and games? A focus on music, entertainment and gaming subscriptions
    • The real cost of buying now and paying later
    • Climate-conscious consumption: A focus on renewable energy
    • Climate-conscious consumption: A focus on new fashion trends

    What teachers are saying:

    • “Carly and Jill have done the hard yards, and that what they’re doing is evidence based. They’ve reminded me that there are things that our students are interested in and doing that I don’t know about. It’s been a bit mind-blowing, really. They’ve come up with some really great ideas – things that I’ve never thought about before.” English and Humanities teacher 
    • “I’ve not seen anything like this offered before. So I was curious. I didn’t know what I didn’t know! This course has given me some of the financial vocabulary and some of the context that I’ve been missing. There are so many new products and services that are vital for students to understand now. Thanks for your engaging presentations and original ideas. I think this is an incredible initiative!” Commerce and Mathematics teacher 
    • “I absolutely loved this course! I really liked the idea of bringing humanities and maths together. Maybe we should be working together more?” Maths and Science teacher 

    Delivered in Partnership with the Ecstra Foundation

    Deakin University received funding from the Ecstra Foundation to deliver this program in 2021-22.



    Dr Carly Sawatzki

    Dr Carly Sawatzki


    Dr Carly Sawatzki is a teacher educator and educational researcher in Deakin University’s School of Education. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with preservice and practising teachers in primary and secondary school settings. Carly’s research explores how young people become financially capable within families, communities, and schools and how best to support teacher professional learning in this area. She has rapidly gained national and international recognition for her research, which focuses on the design of financial tasks at the intersection of humanities and mathematics. Her work is distinctly “real world” and supportive of teachers, including those teaching out-of-field. Carly has published in prestigious international journals and led curriculum and research consultancies for Australian government agencies. She is regularly engaged by teacher associations and schools, being recognised as a dynamic, thought-provoking presenter who challenges thinking, promotes critical conversation and inspires innovation. Carly writes for The Conversation, EduResearch Matters, Teacher Magazine, EducationHQ and is regularly interviewed by ABC Radio.

    Dr Jill Brown is a teacher educator and educational researcher in Deakin University’s School of Education. Jill has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, where she has focused on mathematics and mathematics education for pre-service and practising teachers (including out-of-field teachers) in early childhood, primary and secondary settings. Jill’s research in the field of mathematical modelling, the teaching and learning of functions, and the use of digital technologies by teachers and students is internationally recognised. She is an elected member on the International Executive of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA), a member of the expert panel for the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IMMC), and a member of the Australian IMMC advisory team and judging panel.

    Dr Jill Brown

    Dr Jill Brown

    Lecturer and Course Director

    Education Support Professional Certificate 2023

    Education Support Professional Certificate 2023

    Education Support Professional Certificate

    Make a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities by working as an Educational Support officer (Integration Aide or Teacher Aide).
    Register Now

    Details: Held over 6 Days: 5/06, 6/06, 7/06, 14/06, 15/06, 16/06 2023, Online via zoom

    AITSL developments outcomes


    Self Directed


    About this Course

    Increasingly, more children with disabilities are enrolled in local schools and Educational Support staff (Integration and Teacher Aides) continue to play an important role in inclusive education.

    Not only will you gain invaluable knowledge, but you’ll also develop a strong skillset to help children with disabilities to learn and develop.


    On completion of this course, participants will be awarded an Education Support Professional Certificate

    Who is this course for?

    If you’d like to increase your understanding of, and involvement with, children with disabilities then this course could be for you.

    No entry requirements are needed so we encourage anyone that’s interested to apply. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences including those who are:

    • already working as Integration or Teacher Aides
    • parents or care givers of children with disabilities
    • looking to change careers
    • students out of school who’d like to gain further skills and learn more about education
    • ex- teachers who have out-of-date qualifications but who’d like to return to working with children
    • parents who’ve been raising children and would like to re-enter the workforce in a job that offers flexible working hours.
    • Deakin University students


    As a well-recognised program in both government and non-government schools, this course will help you develop your understanding about children with additional needs and the practices and processes which may support their development. This program also build knowledge and skills in relation to working with teachers and students in a collaborative student support approach to improve students outcomes.


    Specifically, you’ll:

    • gain knowledge and skills about inclusive learning practices for children with disabilities
    • develop an understanding of a wide range of disabilities and their impact upon learning and social development
    • increase your skills in assisting teachers to implement inclusive education practices
    • enhance your knowledge and skillset in the employment roles of Integration and Teacher Aide positions
    • further your understanding of the current state-wide curriculum and education sector initiatives.

    Course topics

    This program will teach you current practices of working with children in schools and the latest approaches to learning. Whilst a formal qualification isn’t yet compulsory to work in this field, your career will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insights that the course presenters – Deakin’s academic staff from the School of Education – can share with you.

    Our presenters are highly experienced in the disability field and have worked as both teachers and school principals. They’ve been training Integration Aides for many years and cover course topics such as:

    • attitudes towards disability
    • specific kinds of disability
    • impact of disabilities upon learning and social development
    • childhood development and learning styles
    • current initiatives in the state-wide curriculum (VELS)
    • inclusive learning and teaching strategies
    • ITC in the schooling context
    • behaviour management strategies
    • working in professional teams
    • applying for Aide positions.


    We focus on offering a friendly and supportive learning environment, which especially helps those who’ve not studied for a while to feel comfortable and relaxed.

    Sessions involve lots of small group work and discussions, encouraging students to work cooperatively. Instead of exams and tests, assignments are used to gauge your understanding, with plenty of individual support offered to each student. Assignments are highly practical and we offer flexibility around submission dates.

    Course dates

    The Course is held over 6 days,
    9.30am – 3pm

    Course 1, 2023, online. Cost $834.00 

    1. Monday 5 June
    2. Tuesday 6 June
    3. Wednesday 7 June
    4. Wednesday 14 June
    5. Thursday 15 June
    6. Friday 16 June


    Course 2, 2023, online. Cost: $834.00 

    1. Wednesday 11 October
    2. Thursday 12 October
    3. Friday 13 October
    4. Wednesday 18 October
    5. Thursday 19 October
    6. Friday 20 October


    To register for this course, visit our online payment system and follow the prompts.

    The total cost is $834.00 and payment via credit card is required upfront before the course begins, using our online payment system.

    Refund and withdrawal

    To be eligible for a full refund, we need to receive an application to withdraw from the course at least 4 weeks before it begins. Participants withdrawing outside of this notice period or after the course has started will have to pay a $150 administration fee.

    Cancellation of courses

    Deakin University maintains the right to cancel the course if minimum participation numbers aren’t reached. In this case, participants will be notified before class begins and payments already made will be fully refunded.

    Entry Requirements

    • No prerequisites are required for this course.
    • Participants must attend all sessions unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated.
    • Practical assessment tasks are set. You must possess a satisfactory level of English written and communication skills to complete the assessment tasks.
    • We expect you to have basic computer skills to support your learning.


    On completion of this course, participants will be awarded an Education Support Professional Certificate. 

    Recognition of prior learning

    At the end of this professional learning course, Deakin University students who are currently undertaking an undergraduate teaching program can elect to do a formal assessment task to accrue one credit point towards an elective unit.
    The cost is $200.
    Please contact Professional Learning Education Hub on


    • I applied for a full-time secondary role on the last day of the course and the knowledge I was able to bring to my answers in the interview was purely because of what I had learned.
    • I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is wanting to understand but also broaden their perspective on children with disabilities. This course offers lots of content and can teach the key principles in becoming a teacher aide. Nadia
    • Completed the course in 2021 and applied for a position at a school locally and was successful.


    • Is this program accredited? 
      Accreditation normally refers to VET course accreditation. Deakin University is not a VET provider, but a tertiary education provider. A formal qualification is not currently required to work in this field in Victoria. However, study in this area will greatly benefit your career prospects.

    • Is there a placement requirement for this course? 
      Mandatory school placement is not compulsory in the Education Support Professional Certificate.

      This course is approved by the Board of Faculty of Education 


    Dr Kaye Scott

    Dr Kaye Scott

    Facilitator and Lecturer

    Dr Kaye Scott is a full-time PhD student, casual lecturer and casual research assistant at Deakin University. She was a founding member of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute, (VDEI) a division of the Department of Education and Training in Victoria. She has presented at several national and international conferences on research projects commissioned by VDEI.

    Kaye has worked in various educational roles at both country and city locations, in general education and in special education. Recent roles include: visiting (itinerant) teacher of the deaf; and coordinator of the Brighton Hearing Unit, a role which also included the coordination of the inclusion program at the school.

    Kaye holds a Master of Education (Special Education) and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Melbourne. She is currently the Vice President of the Australian Association of Teachers of the Deaf (Victoria), and a state representative on the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf. She was the 2019 Deafness Foundation Educational Research Fellow.

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