Graduating Education students from across all three campuses of USQ gathered last week (12 November) to finalise their studies and make their final transformation to teacher.
The annual Faculty of Education
Celebration Conference is a rite of passage for graduating students who present their final assessment piece and take part in professional development sessions before relaxing to celebrate with staff and family.
Lecturer (Education) Mrs Jennifer McIntyre said the conference was a wonderful way to celebrate the student’s final commitment prior to taking up teaching positions.
'It takes place at Toowoomba, Fraser Coast
campuses and follows on from their internship in schools and acknowledges the final steps before they become a teacher,' Mrs McIntyre said.
Springfield campus’ first Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
graduate Tony Harker who presented on the impact of low socio-economic status on student learning at the conference said it was surreal to be so close to finishing.
'In a day and a half I will officially be a teacher, which is incredible when I stop to think about it,' Mr Harker said.
'It is great to be here on campus to celebrate with other students and to not be stressing about exams and assessments.'
Mr Harker decided to study education as a pathway to changing career.
'My sales position was requiring an increasing amount of travel and with young children it was becoming too much. My heart wasn’t in it anymore. Now I’m looking forward to finding work at a secondary school in my local area.'
Lecturer Mr Rod Fogarty, course examiner for the internship course to which the conference is attached, praised the efforts of the teams of professional and academic staff that make this multi-campus event possible.
'Many of our colleagues come together, to make this event both a valuable professional development experience and exciting culminating activity for our interns.
'Without this support, the event would not be such a great success. The course team do a wonderful job coordinating each campus’ event and I know the students are very grateful for the experience.'
Dean of the Faculty of Education Professor Nita Temmerman congratulated the students on their professionalism and passion as they came to the end of their studies. Following the conference students were joined by staff and family at each campus to celebrate.
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