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Education non-academic requirements

From 2018 onwards, and in addition to the academic entry requirements of the University, all applicants for initial teaching courses must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities.

Initial teaching courses at Southern Cross University include:

Personal Statement

Applicants must address the following two categories to demonstrate their understanding of teaching and motivation for undertaking a teaching course. Applicants are encouraged to use work and life experiences and interests to illustrate their suitability.

Category 1: Interest in teaching and children/young people

Write approximately 500 words/one A4 page about your motivation and suitability for teaching.

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher?
  • Why is teaching a good career choice?
  • Why are you interested in teaching children/young people?
  • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why?
  • What does being a good teacher mean?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities

Write approximately 500 words/one A4 page about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate capabilities such as:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Conscientiousness
  • Resilience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organisation and planning skills.

You could use examples from:

  • School experience
    • Co-curricular participation (e.g. arts, sports, debating, social justice)
    • Projects (e.g. curriculum projects, science fairs)
    • Leadership experiences (e.g. student leadership positions, arts, sports)
    • Support of other learners (e.g. peer mentoring, coaching, buddy programs)
  • Work experience
    • Employment history and roles
    • Employment involving children or young people
    • Work-based training undertaken
    • Work-based training provided
  • Volunteer and community experience
    • Volunteer or community participation (e.g. community groups, parish/church groups, cadets, lifesaving, fundraising, clubs)
    • Community learning and training experiences (e.g. guides, scouts, Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, St John Ambulance)
  • Personal talents, interests and abilities
  • Elite performance (e.g. athletic, creative arts, other areas)
  • Disadvantage that you have overcome
    • Social, cultural or economic
    • Geographical - remote and rural
    • Personal and health.

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • What learning activities have I engaged in?
  • What leadership activities have I undertaken?
  • What personal interest activities am I involved in? How long have I participated? How am I involved?
  • What tasks or events have I planned and/or organised?
  • How have I shown that I can work with others?
  • What do I do to overcome obstacles, challenges or problems?

The application process

The statement can be submitted to teachstatement@scu.edu.au as a Word or PDF document. Please include your name and contact details.

If you are applying to more than one teaching course, only one personal statement needs to be submitted.

Further enquiries

Contact the Future Students team online or phone: 1800 626 481