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.

The Innovative Initial Teacher Education (Innovative ITE) program was launched in November 2020, and allows those with a bachelor’s degree who want to teach in secondary schools accelerated study options to get their Masters of Teaching. Students also receive a salary or scholarship while studying.

To be eligible, aspiring teachers will need a bachelor’s degree and be able to train and work in an area of workforce shortage in Victorian Government Secondary schools.

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 Innovative ITE program 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 scholarship payment 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.

Earn while you learn - the Government’s investment will boost access to Innovative ITE programs and provide financial support while you study to help prepare for your new career in teaching.

Financial incentives

Student teachers in the employment-based programs can earn up to $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 scholarship 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 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 across the state.

Pathway options and participating universities

Two different pathways are available to complete a Masters of Teaching via an Innovative ITE program, where you’ll become a qualified teacher 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.

    Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2, 2021 close 27 June, 2021.

    Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

  • The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship program is ideal for those who prefer learning by doing, with a combination of on-campus intensives, online learning and a paid teaching position in a Victorian Government school. Interns are employed in schools as para-professionals with teaching responsibilities and can apply Permission to Teach from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). The University sources and places successful students in schools through our diverse school partner network in Melbourne, regional and remote Victoria. This course prepares interns to teach across the secondary years with specialist knowledge in two curriculum areas.

    Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

  • The Monash Master of Teaching is a graduate entry course that prepares you for a career as an educator. The Master of Teaching is suited to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and are seeking a teaching qualification. The specialisation in Secondary Education is available in an accelerated 1.5 calendar years mode that includes a summer session (November to February). Expressions of interest for the 2022 program will open shortly.

Hybrid accelerated pathway

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

It’s expected the student and school community will develop a relationship and the school will be in the position to offer employment for a six to 12 month period of paid on-the-job training while completing their final studies.

  • 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)

  • Applications for Federation University’s 2021 Accelerated Master of Teaching are now closed.

    Applications will open mid-2021 for programs commencing in late February 2022.

    Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Applications and eligibility

The application method varies depending on your circumstances. Admission is based on each university’s requirements as detailed in the participating university links. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

Key timelines

2021 placements are now closed. Enrolments for 2022 will open soon, please refer to university websites to progress your enrolment.

Eligibility requirements

Aspiring teachers will need a bachelor’s degree and be able to train and work in an area of workforce shortage in Victorian Government Secondary schools 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, or applied learning.

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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