The Victorian Government is investing $10 million to fast-track teacher training programs for 500 graduates and professionals to train as teachers in secondary schools and specialist schools across Victoria.

This will help new graduates and people affected by the pandemic to train for a new career in teaching.

The programs will start recruiting aspiring teachers in November 2020 and the first graduates will be ready to work as qualified graduate teachers in local government secondary and specialist schools during 2022.

If you want to teach in secondary or specialist schools and you have a bachelor’s degree, then the accelerated initial teacher education (ITE) programs could be for you.

The programs will build your experience in schools while becoming a qualified teacher through post-graduate ITE Training.

Earn while you learn. Students will receive a salary or stipend while studying.

Pathway options and participating universities

Two different pathways are available for completing the Masters of Teaching and become qualified over 18-24 months:

Employment-based pathway

Student teachers in employment-based programs will combine paid on-the-job training at a local school with online study throughout their 18-24 month qualification.

As a student teacher you will receive supervision and support from staff at your school and university to maximise your learning and development

  • Deakin’s Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) Course is an innovative teaching pathway that prepares graduates as secondary teachers with specialisations in most discipline areas of the Australian Curriculum, VCE, VCAL and VET. The program has a strong focus on applied learning and community/industry partnerships and accommodates preparation for teachers in rural and regional settings, and in a wide range of schools.

    Students in this program can fast-track to graduation in 1.5 years using Deakin’s unique three trimester system and enjoy the option of employment-based pathways and face-to-face intensives.

    Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

  • Expressions of interest for the 2021 program through the University of Melbourne have now closed.

    Expressions for the 2022 program, beginning in November 2021, will open in March 2021.

    Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

Hybrid accelerated pathway

Student teachers in hybrid accelerated programs will receive a $15,000 stipend to assist with intensive study with some practical classroom experience at a local school over 12 months.

The student teachers will then have paid on-the-job training while completing their studies over a further six to 12 months.

  • Applications for the 2021 Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Internship) at ACU are now closed.

    The next intake will be Semester 1 2022. Applications for this intake will open in August 2021.

    For expressions of interest and to find out more about this program, please contact

    Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • As a regional university, Fed Uni already has strong networks in Victorian communities.

    We offer a broad range of specialist teaching areas and a range of experiential and online learning opportunities which occur in professional learning communities.

    Our program is people-centred.  Through a focus on effective teaching approaches, practitioner inquiry and understanding the diverse worlds of young people, you will become a teacher who can make a difference.  And we will support you at every step.

    Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • Expressions of interest for the 2021 program through Monash University have now closed.

    Master of Teaching

Applications and eligibility

Universities delivering these post-graduate ITE programs will start recruiting aspiring teachers in late 2020 and the first graduates will be ready to work as qualified graduate teachers in local government secondary and specialist schools from 2022.

Key timelines

Enrolments will open in November for programs starting between January and May 2021. A second intake will begin in early 2022.

Eligibility requirements

Aspiring teachers will need a bachelor’s degree and be able to train and work in an area of workforce shortage to be eligible. Aspiring teachers can contact one of the participating universities to discuss their eligibility and interests.

Priority applications

Priority will be given to people who:

  • live or aspire to work in outer-metropolitan, regional or rural Victoria
  • want to teach a language other than English, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, applied learning or special education.

Benefits for people interested in becoming teachers

Most school teachers qualify with a four-year bachelor’s or two-year master’s degree that includes several months of unpaid practical experience in schools.

The Accelerated ITE programs will provide you with ways to get into teaching while earning an income – in most cases, faster. Student teachers will either study intensively for 12 months with the help of a stipend and then work in classrooms as they finish their studies, or work in classrooms throughout their studies.

These programs provide more opportunities to get practical classroom experience – and earn – while studying. The Government’s investment will boost access to accelerated ITE programs and provide financial support to help people affected by the pandemic to prepare for a new career.

Financial incentives 

Student teachers in the employment based programs can earn more than $47,000 per year while they work part-time in a school and learn on-the-job.

Student teachers in the hybrid accelerated programs will receive a $15,000 stipend to support them during their first 12 months of study, and then up to $47,000 while learning on-the-job at a local school as they complete their studies.

Benefits for schools

The initiative will help secondary schools and specialist schools boost their teaching workforce by training local people to become fully qualified teachers. Participants will train to teach in priority areas such as STEM and languages, in outer-metropolitan, rural and regional locations and in specialist schools across the state.

Reviewed 23 February 2021

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