All teachers and staff within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese are encouraged to undertake professional development throughout their career to further their education and improve career prospects. Staff who are permanently employed full time at the CSO who undertake postgraduate study can receive fee assistance and study leave to complete study requirements, subject to CSO approval.
If you are considering a role in senior leadership, see Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead to find out about the academic and faith formation qualifications required to work, teach and lead in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Financial Support Offered by the CSO
The CSO currently remunerates one-half (50%) of postgraduate course fees for staff who are undertaking approved courses and are permanent full-time employees in diocesan schools.
All programs of postgraduate study will be considered for financial support. Financial assistance will not be provided for postgraduate study if you have not advised the CSO prior to commencing your study program.
Applicants must seek approval for financial assistance prior to commencement of study by completing the Postgraduate Study Financial Assistance Application Form. This will enable the CSO to offer advice on your planned program of study and approve your eligibility to claim for reimbursement of fees and study leave.
The CSO will contact you to advise if your application has been successful.
If approval to study is granted, applicants are eligible to apply for study leave of one day per unit per semester. Study leave must be taken in the semester of study and should not be accumulated. Some casual release is provided for those undertaking accreditation modules in Categories A to C – find out more here.
To claim reimbursement, staff will need to submit a copy of their transcript and receipt of payment of fees after successful completion of each unit.
Claims for reimbursement must be submitted within 2 years of completion of study.
Please contact Brid Corrigan, Leadership and System Improvement, for further information about postgraduate study: firstname.lastname@example.org