Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship schools

Information for prospective internship schools

Program overview

Introducing the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship; an employment-based initial teacher education pathway attracting high achieving graduates, and career-change professionals with strong discipline knowledge and skills, to a career in teaching.

This stream of our acclaimed Master of Teaching, which was developed to meet the needs of Victorian secondary schools experiencing workforce shortages, is endorsed as a teacher supply and demand initiative and is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Following a rigorous selection process which includes assessment of applicants' literacy, numeracy, and aptitude for teaching, eligible applicants will be available for employment to fill teacher vacancies as interns, from Term 1.

School eligibility

As an endorsed teacher supply initiative, all Victorian secondary schools, including P-12 schools, with hard to staff vacancies (based on subject area and / or location) available from Term 1, are eligible to participate. Please find details on how to register your school below.

Employing interns in your school

Internships will take place alongside the three-year study program. Participating schools will be required to employ interns for three years as para-professionals, with the first two years at a 0.8 FTE teaching load, and the third year at a 1.0 FTE full-time load.

Each intern will obtain Permission To Teach (PTT) from the VIT before commencing in their school, and we will work with participating schools to facilitate this. Under the parameters of PTT, interns will have responsibility for teaching classes under the overarching guidance of a fully registered teacher.

To allow effective support structures for each intern, participating schools are encouraged to employ a minimum of two interns in their school. Team teaching and other collaborative arrangements are encouraged as appropriate to each school context.

Induction and support

To support interns' transition to the classroom, we will partner with each school to implement a support structure that blends school-based induction and professional learning with academic support from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), in line with our clinical teaching model.

Integral to the support model are the roles of mentor and transition coach; school-based staff appointed by your school. These staff will be provided with a professional development program in Melbourne in December, to prepare them for their support roles commencing in Term 1. The MGSE will also fund some of the school-based support for interns as part of this program.

University studies during internships

During their first two years, interns undertake coursework through a blend of on-campus study in school holidays and online learning throughout the year. In the third year, while transitioning to full-time teaching, interns undertake either capstone studies or a research project to complete their Master of Teaching.

Interns in the 2017 - 2019 program commence their studies on 21 November 2016 at the University of Melbourne campus in Parkville.

Upon successful completion of the three year program, interns will be eligible for full registration with the VIT.

Selection of interns

The applicant selection process takes place from June onwards, and schools will be able to consider selected applicants for their teaching vacancies from August. Please register your school's potential vacancies with MGSE to be involved.

Schools follow their regular processes around appointing a new staff member.