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Career Change Scholarship

Catholic Education Cairns is pleased to support professionals who are seeking a career change into teaching. The scholarships are intended to support applicants who have an undergraduate degree and are applying for entry into a full time Master of Teaching and Learning degree in either Primary or Secondary Education.

Closing date 28th February 2023

Career Change Stories

Be inspired by two career change teachers from our Cairns Catholic Schools who share their stories about their transition to teaching.

Watch Shana’s story (1m.07s):

Watch Ben’s story (1m.21s):


financial support

Financial Support

$10 000 per year for 2 years, paid in instalments 



Receive a permanent position within a Catholic School in the Diocese of Cairns upon the completion of your studies



Optional opportunities for paid part time work as a school officer/paraprofessional in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Cairns

Access to experienced educators as you complete your course



Intend to enrol full time in a Master of Teaching and Learning: Primary or Secondary

Be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident

How To Apply

✓ Produce a three minute video which answers the following three questions:

  1. What inspires you to be a teacher in a Catholic School in Cairns? 
  2. What qualities do you think make a successful teacher and why? 
  3. What unique skills do you bring to the table as you change careers into teaching? 

✓ Provide two written references supporting your application and suitability to receive the scholarship. One of these referees must be a recent line manager. 

✓ Submit your resume and other supporting documentation, including your academic transcripts from your undergraduate degree and other relevant certificates of attainment. 

✓ Include a copy of your birth certificate, passport or permanent visa. 

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted by a panel chaired by the Director of Workforce Capability. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview prior to the selection of scholarship recipients. 


As a scholarship recipient, you must: 

  • Remain enrolled in the course at the time of application. 
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 4. 
  • Complete all requirements of the course, including professional experience placements. 
  • Seek to attend Catholic Education Services events and briefings, e.g., getting ready for employment sessions 
Shanna - career change teacher

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to contact referees.  

Applicants are to use the 'Application Form' & Referee templates listed below (under supporting documents).

Applications (or any questions) to be emailed directly to the Administration Office Workforce Capability graduateteachers@cns.catholic.edu.au  

Supporting Documents

Career Change Scholarships Information

Career Change Scholarships Application Form

Career Change Scholarships Referee Template

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