Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship schools

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship is an employment-based initial teacher education pathway designed to appeal to high achieving graduates and career-change professionals.

Information for prospective schools

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, 2019.

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)*, are eligible to participate. The eligible subjects are:

  • drama
  • English
  • humanities
  • history
  • languages
  • mathematics
  • media studies
  • music
  • science – general
  • science Senior Secondary (chemistry, biology, environmental science, physics)
  • SOSE
  • TESOL
  • visual arts and design.

Employing interns in your school

Internships take place alongside the three-year study program. Participating schools are required to employ interns for three years as para-professionals, with the first two years at a 0.8 of a full-time teaching load (0.8FTE), and the third year on a full-time load (1.0FTE). It is preferable that during the first two years, interns are timetabled to have one full day off.

Each intern will obtain Permission To Teach (PTT) from the VIT before commencing in their school, and the MGSE will work with participating schools to facilitate this. Under the parameters of PTT, interns will have responsibility for teaching their own 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, MGSE will partner with each school to implement a support structure that blends school-based induction and professional learning with academic support, in line with our clinical teaching model.

Integral to the support model is the role of the Transition Mentor: a school-based staff member appointed by your school across the first two years of the intern’s employment, meeting with them once a week for the duration. MGSE will provide funding for this role, with Mentors being invited to a professional development program at MGSE in December, to prepare them for their support role commencing in Term 1.

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 and elective studies or a research project, to complete their Master of Teaching.

Interns in the 2019 – 2021 program commence their studies in November 2018 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.

Register your school's interest

For general enquiries, or to register interest and indicate potential teacher vacancy areas for this year, contact:

Manager, School Engagement
Gaye Pepper
Email: pepperg@unimelb.edu.au

To register teacher vacancies directly, Victorian Government schools should also contact:

Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET)
Ms Maggie Gerrard 
Email: garrard.maggie.p@edumail.vic.gov.au