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We are animated by Catholic faith and we aim to work with families to create opportunities for students to encounter life to the full – in all its personal, religious, political and cultural richness. 

Early Career Teacher Program

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our community of schools. Across our state, more than 6,000 staff care for over 46,000 students in 103 Catholic schools.

We are animated by Catholic faith and we aim to work with families to create opportunities for students to encounter life to the full – in all its personal, religious, political and cultural richness. Whether you are a recent graduate embarking on your teaching career, or an educator with previous experience in a different sector, we hope your experience of working with students, families and staff in a Catholic school proves to be fulfilling and life-giving work.

Helen O'Brien
Director
Archdiocese of Adelaide

Catholic Education South Australia

Brenda Keenan
Director
Diocese of Port Pirie
Catholic Education South Australia

Systematic requirements which apply to all teachers employed in SA Catholic schools

Under the SACCS Teacher Accreditation Policy 2012 all teachers new to Catholic Schools in South Australia are required to attend an Induction Module within 12 months of their employment, as close to the commencement date as possible. The Induction Module is provided by the Catholic Education Office and consists of two days. The Module includes Catholic Schools Identity & Mission, Professional Standards & Responsibilities and Child Protection Curriculum (CPC) Training.

Further information, dates and registration details about the Induction Days are communicated to school leaders and reminders  are included in the fortnightly email sent to Early Career Teachers and Coordinators.

Within 5 years of commencing permanent employment, all teachers are required to complete an approved course in Catholic Studies eg. Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education. You may start these studies earlier, if you wish.

Made In The Image Of God is a human sexuality curriculum that respects the dignity of the human person and is grounded in the human vocation to love. The holistic nature of human sexuality and our core calling to live a responsible Christian life are key themes in this curriculum area. To teach MITIOG, teachers should first participate in MITIOG introductory training. This training can be provided by the MITIOG Key Teacher at your school. If not, you can enrol in a course offered by the CEO. Opportunities are advertised at the CESA Registration Centre.

Services offered to early career teachers and their schools

Fortnightly email to teachers and school leaders.

Online resources for early career teachers, school leaders and school-based mentors.

Professional learning opportunities are offered for early career teachers and for school leaders and coordinators via the CESA Registration Centre. Professional learning in regional areas is arranged with school leaders.

School visits: Visits to regional schools  by consultants are offered each term and to metropolitan schools each semester, with additional visits arranged as required. Teachers requesting a visit should contact their school’s Early Career Teacher Coordinator in the first instance. 

The Early Career Teacher Program supports early career teachers for the first 8 terms of teaching and teachers new to Catholic schools in South Australia for 4 terms.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Ria Wong, Early Career Teacher Team Administrator at ria.wong@cesa.catholic.edu.au or on 8301-6618