Student teachers

Your involvement with the AEU can start when you're still a student.

Student membership is FREE and brings a host of benefits, networking opportunities, targeted training and PD and help with finding that first job. Not a member yet? Join now!

Graduating this year? View our special membership offer.

Membership gives you professional support‚ industrial advice‚ legal protection during school experience rounds‚ library access and eligibility to join Teachers Health Fund. Twice a year, 4000 copies of the AEU's Graduate Newsletter are distributed to teaching students, featuring practical information about how to get a job‚ interviews‚ pay rates and articles on other topical issues for graduating teachers.

AEU officers regularly visit all universities to talk to students about the role of the union and deliver lectures on teachers and the law and other educational issues. To arrange a campus visit, email our graduates organiser, Adam Surmacz.

The AEU is a major provider of professional development for new teachers. Every April and October, we hold a Student Teacher Conference, with a full day of guest speakers and practical, well-targeted workshops and a chance to network with your peers.

In September, we give final year students a chance to meet our principal members to get the inside story on what schools are looking for in their new recruits and get advice on landing that first job. Our popular PD in the Pub sessions offer more hands-on tips — and a free beer — for student and graduate members.

Plus, we offer workshops on using Recruitment Online‚ job applications‚ answering selection criteria and interview skills.

Don't forget our New Educators' Network or our NEN facebook group.

Joining the AEU is the best move you can make as a student teacher. To find out more, email our graduates and student teacher organiser Adam Surmacz or call him on (03) 9417 2822.

What's on
Find out about the AEU's comprehensive program of conferences, courses and workshops for student and beginning teachers, helping you get to grips with your chosen career - and find that important first job. more...

PD in the Pub
Our popular free PD sessions offer practical, hands-on advice on classroom management and other key challenges for new teachers. Join the workshops and then have a beer on us. more...

AEU Teacher Graduate Newsletters
AEU Teacher Graduate Newsletters are produced for student teachers twice a year and distributed through the universities. They keep you up-to-date with AEU campaigns, inform you of political developments in education, professional development activities and give you advice on working terms and conditions.

Teacher Graduates - Why join the union?
The AEU represents your profession. Join over 190,000 members nationally and nearly 50,000 members in Victoria. Graduate teachers have reduced membership fees in the first three years of teaching. Download this PDF for more information. more...

Early Childhood Teacher Graduates - Why join the union?
The AEU represents your profession so join its 50,000+ Victorian members. Fees are pro-rata and graduate teachers pay reduced fees in their first three years. Early childhood teachers, educators, preschool field officers and activity group leaders are eligible to join. more...

Student application form
Student teachers who would rather submit a paper application should download this form and fax or post it back to the AEU. Remember, AEU membership is free for students. more...

Visit our sponsors
Visit our sponsors — Bank Australia, Victoria Teachers' Mutual Bank and Teachers Health Fund. more...

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