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Undergraduate Programs

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The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) recognises that learning is a lifelong process and therefore aims to attract quality teachers into the teaching profession. The need to provide spiritual formation, support and mentoring to students in preparation for a career in teaching in schools is identified as integral to our mission of Catholic Education. Via these programs, the CSO will both meet this need as well as provide paid work experience opportunities to select Catholic students looking to become teachers in the Diocese of Lismore.

CSO Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

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Via the CSO Undergraduate Program the CSO provides paid work experience opportunities for select Catholic students looking to become teachers in the Diocese of Lismore and undertaking a Bachelor of Education.

The participant will be assigned a highly accomplished teacher skilled in mentoring who will support, guide and model quality pedagogy.

Support also includes an ex gratia payment of $5000pa on completion of each of the first 4 years as a teacher.

For more information regarding the program see the CSO Undergraduate Policy.

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The video provides a snapshot of the benefits of the program from 2019 program participants.

Ready to Teach Program

Ready to Teach Program


Ready to Teach is a mentor-based program designed to provide the best possible preparation for undergraduates entering the teaching profession. Held in term four of each year, this three-week working opportunity is not a practicum but an opportunity for three weeks paid casual teaching in schools across the Diocese. 

Ready to Teach allows the opportunity to assess your potential for future employment in the Diocese of Lismore. Future employment is not guaranteed, however the program will assist new graduates to prepare for their future role as a teacher. Students must be in their final year of study and have successfully completed their final formal practicum experience to be eligible.

Ready to Teach Brochure

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