A successful applicant for a studentship at a teachers' college is required to enter into an agreement with the Minister of Education, undertaking to observe certain conditions in return for the allowances, tuition, and any fees expended on his behalf. In addition to signing the agreement, the applicant must obtain the consent of a guarantor who will act as surety for him. He must agree:
to observe the conditions of tenure of the studentship
not to relinquish the course without the written consent of the Minister to remain in the service of the Education Department for three years to teach where required in Victoria.
If the student is a woman, who resigns to be married after having begun her service as a classified teacher, a remission of two years of the time which she is required to serve may be granted.
These points are important.
Whoever fails to fulfil the obligations undertaken in the agreement will be required to repay the amount of liability incurred. This sum is reduced in proportion as the necessary period of service after classification is com- pleted.
A student who is granted an extended course must sign an addendum to the original agreement. This addendum does not affect the terms of the original agreement.
At entry into college, each student must produce three documents:
the completed agreement his birth certificate
the highest qualification he holds.
The Education Department issues the appropriate certificate to each student who is recommended by the principal as having completed a satisfactory course. The basis of this recommendation is a scheme of pro- gressive assessment.
No formal examination times are set down, but half-yearly estimates of the student's merit are made. Each lecturer appraises the progress of his group from tasks done within each stated period. The work includes such activities as class exercises, period tests, essays, investigations, reading summaries, conduct of discussions, lecturettes, the construction of charts and models, and the compilation of folios.
A student who does not reach the standard required in a subject is classified as unsatisfactory in that subject. Other students are graded on a five-point assessment scale. At the end of the course, the individual subject gradings and teaching practice results are converted into a single college mark which affects the student's classification and his eligibility for an extended course.
Those who fail to reach a satisfactory standard in any subject may be employed by the Education Department at a reduced status and salary.
To complete their courses while in the field, they must, at the beginning of the year, notify the principal of their intention; they will then be given the required work which must be forwarded to college for consideration.
At the close of the academic year a graduation ceremony takes place.
Graduands are presented by their group tutors to the Director of Education or his deputy, and receive their teaching certificates.
On entering the Education Department, students are classified according to qualifications and age at entry. At the end of each year of the college course a re-classification of all students in teachers' colleges is made on the basis of academic results and teaching ability. In this way students can make considerable progress towards future promotion while still at college.
After completing a college course, each graduate is allotted a position in class IV on the classified roll of teachers. His subsequent promotion depends on estimates made of his teaching efficiency by inspectors of schools; however, he must gain additional qualifications in order to advance to senior positions in his section of the teaching service. Detailed information about these qualifications is given in the Teaching Service Regulations (Regn. 6,7,8.9).
Each year extended studentships are awarded to a number of students who have qualified for the Trained Primary Teacher's Certificate. Appli- cations from all teachers' colleges of Victoria are considered by the Edu- cation Department, and the places available on the extended courses are allotted on a quota system to the most successful students with the neces- sary pre-requisites. Additional or specialist qualifications may be obtained through the following extensions:
Trained Art and Crafts Teacher's Certificate (Primary) One year Trained Homecrafts Teacher's Certificate (Primary) One year Trained Special Teacher's Certificate One year Trained Teacher of the Deaf Certificate One year Trained Teacher-Librarian's Certificate One year
Agricultural Science Two years
University studies towards a degree in arts, commerce, One to
music, science three years
Each student is expected to devote his full time to his college course and is not permitted to embark upon any additional study, unless approval is obtained for this at the beginning of the college year. The only excep- tion normally made is for one matriculation subject in either year of the two-year course, provided that subject is required:
to complete the Matriculation Certificate
to provide a language subject needed to complete matriculation to provide the pre-requisite for commencing an arts degree.
£10 110 money ALLOWANCES AND SALARIES
Allowances Payable to Students-in-training.
Living at home I Living away from home Year
Net fortnightly This table
applies to unmarried
Course Allowance cheque ance cheque 1st £416 £15 5 5 £442 £16 2 10 students,
£15 5 5
£17 9 9
£16 2 10
£18 6 8 minors or 4th 494 £17 18 2 520 f18 15 8
adults. 5th 494 £17 18 2 520 £18 15 8
The following variations are made:
£526 £18 19 9 Married and one child .... 564 £20 5 4 Married and two or more children .... 590 £21 2 10 Ex-serviceman .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 991 £33 19 8
Ex-servicewoman 793 £27 15 5
Commencing Salaries after Completion of Training.
Year of Service
Men Women Men Women
1 £874 £699 £1021 £817
2 1002 802 1051 841
3 1062 850 1111 889
1 1002 802 1051 841
2 1062 850 1111 889
3 1152 922 1201 961
1 1002 802 1051 841
2 1062 850 1111 889
1 1062 850 1111 961
2 1125 922 1201 889
Two Year Course (with Leaving Certificate
(with Matriculation Certificate)
Three Year Course (with Leaving Certificate) (with Matriculation Certificate)
Each student pays a composite fee which varies according to the course and the year of the course being taken. The total is made up of college fees, S.R.C. levy, and charges for books and stationery. There are no tuition fees.
Charges fluctuate slightly from year to year; the fees shown are approxi- mate.
T.P.T.C. First year Second year Second year
£14 T.S.T.C. (Art and Crafts)
£20 T.P.T.C. (Art and Crafts)
£16 First year Third year £14 Second year T.P.E.T.C. Third year £20 Third year
T.T.L.C. £ 14 T.S.T.C. (Domestic Arts)
T.Sp.T.C. £13 Third year
immediately students enter college, so Book sales commence
on the first day of the college year.
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