Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the Education Statement and why am I required to submit it?

The Education Statement is a 400-word submission that helps us understand why you want to become a teacher and the skills, personal qualities and experiences that demonstrate you are well suited to pursue education as a career option. 

Why is UniSA asking for the Education Statement?

All students commencing an initial teacher education program in Australia from 2018 are required to meet both academic and non-academic entry requirements. This is a national requirement in aiming to graduate the highest quality teachers who possess the personal qualities and commitment to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. We’re complying with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) national initial teaching education program standards.  UniSA has decided on the Education Statement as the non-academic entry requirement to encourage you to deeply reflect on your motivation to become a teacher, share your understanding of the breadth of the role, and the qualities needed in this specialised profession. It is important that your application includes the required Education Statement as otherwise we will not be able to consider offering you a place to study with us.

Is this required for all UniSA Education programs?

Yes, it is required for all initial teacher education programs, including all Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching programs. 

Where can I find more information about the requirements of the statement?

More details regarding the content, format and submission of the Statement can be found on our website.


Admissions

Undergraduate

Is the statement more important than my ATAR or other academic entry requirement?

Both are of equal value and you are required to meet the criteria for both your statement and ATAR or other academic entry requirements to be considered for a place with UniSA.

If I don’t meet the ATAR or other academic entry requirement, can I gain entry based on my statement alone?

No, you need to meet academic as well.

What if I achieve the guaranteed entry ATAR but don’t submit the statement?

If you don’t submit your statement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will not be considered for a place at UniSA.

Is it possible to meet the ATAR or other academic entry requirement but be denied an offer based on my statement?

Yes. The statement either meets the criteria or does not.

If I get an offer and want to defer, do I still have to submit the statement? Will I need to re-submit another statement in 2018?

You will still need to submit your statement even if you are considering deferring. You will not need to submit another statement upon commencing your studies with us.

Should I still submit the statement if Education is one of my lower preferences?

Yes, you are still required to submit a statement even if it’s lower on your preference list.

If I am applying for a packaged program i.e. Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching, do I still need to submit the statement?

No, you do not need to submit a statement as part of your initial application. However, prior to completion of your undergraduate degree, UniSA will contact you to advise the non-academic entry requirements  that you will need to submit prior to commencing the Master of Teaching.

Postgraduate Master of Teaching

Do I need to submit the statement if I am submitting a postgraduate application for a Master of Teaching program?

Yes, non-academic entry requirements apply to all initial teacher education programs in Australia.  


Content

What does the Education Statement need to cover? Are there any particular questions I should address?

The 400-word Education Statement requires information about your motivation to teach. It must address each of the following three themes:

  • The reason you want to be a teacher (i.e. motivation for choosing the teaching profession, potential outcomes and impact etc.)
  • Your understanding of the role (i.e. breadth of the teacher role, responsibilities, requirements etc.)
  • Your personal qualities and communication skills (i.e. describe your specific attributes, aptitude and communication skills that are important in being an effective teacher)

Your statement should include any relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences you have undertaken and significant awards received. These experiences do not have to be within education but should demonstrate skills, qualities and aptitude that will contribute to your development as a teacher.

What is the word limit? What happens if I exceed the word limit?

The word limit is 400 words. If you exceed 400 words, only the first 400 words will be assessed.

What style of writing/tone should I use? Can I write in first person or should the language be more formal?

It is up to you how you write your statement, however, we believe writing in the first person and in a narrative style best supports your ability to share your personal perspective. We recommend avoiding a reporting or resumé style so that you can focus on presenting your personal qualities through your narrative style. 

Is there an example of a written statement available?

No, there isn’t an example on offer. We want your response to be individual and unique to you.


Format

Is there a template I should use to complete the statement and where can I find this?

Yes, there is a template that can be downloaded via our website called ‘Education Statement Form’. The template will open as a Word document which you can use to write your statement. Please ensure you ‘Save as’ the file upon download. 

Do I have to use this template or can I create my own?

You can only use the template we have provided.

Which type of file should this be saved as? Can it only be one type of file?

The template will open as a Word document. You can fill out the form, but you will then need to save this as a PDF (File > Save as > Save as PDF) to submit as part of your SATAC application.


Submission

How do I submit the statement?

You must submit your Education Statement as part of your SATAC application as a PDF file. PDF files can be uploaded as ‘Other - Personal Documents’ under the Documents page of your SATAC application on the left hand panel.

When does this need to be submitted?

To be eligible for equal consideration your application and education statement need to have been submitted by 4 December 2017.

Otherwise you have until 3 January 2018 to ensure both the application and statement have been submitted for the next round of offers.

Please check SATAC’s website for further information on key dates and deadlines.

What if I have already submitted my SATAC application, can I still submit the statement?  

Yes, you can still submit the statement, as long as it’s before the deadline. Please revisit your SATAC application and upload your statement.

Will I still be considered for entry if I submit my statement after the deadline?

No, if you don’t submit your statement prior to the closing deadline your application cannot be assessed.

Can I re-submit another statement after I have uploaded one already?

No, you can only submit one statement. Re-submissions will not be accepted.  

Will I receive any confirmation that my statement has uploaded?

You will receive an alert to say your application has been uploaded successfully.


Assessment

How are the statements being assessed?

Education Statements need to meet the criteria of the three areas listed above and are assessed by trained staff in accordance with national AITSL standards through a rigorous moderation process. Statements assessed as not meeting the requirements are reviewed by the UniSA program leadership team and a final assessment will be made.  It is recommended that time is taken in forming this statement as there are no resubmission options. It is important that this Education Statement is viewed as a positive opportunity to reflect on your personal commitment in choosing the teaching profession and what qualities you bring that will contribute to your development in becoming an exemplary educator.

Will I receive any feedback on my statement?

Feedback will only reflect whether your statement has, or has not, met the requirement. Upon acceptance in the program and throughout your courses, you will reflect on your Education Statement in building self-reflexive practice and monitoring your growth as an educator.   


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