Teaching (Secondary) Internship


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Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

In the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship you'll earn a world class Master of Teaching qualification while you are paid to teach in a Victorian secondary school.

After an initial on-campus program, you'll be placed at a participating school on a starting salary. Over three years, you will teach and lead your own classes while continuing your academic studies, with support and mentoring from the University and your school. Our integrated program means you can make an impact in the classroom while you study.


Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution
  • Previous study that satisfies the requirements for two learning areas available in the course, see list below.

All applicants must also:

An offer of admission can only be made to applicants who:

  • have been granted Permission to Teach (PTT) by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Successful applicants will be notified about when and how to apply for PTT.
  • have been appointed into a teaching vacancy with a participating school through the matching process.

Applicants who already hold a recognised initial teacher education qualification (primary and/or secondary) are not eligible for the program.

This course is a Victorian Government endorsed initiative to address workforce shortages and is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Learning areas

Science Senior Secondary (Chemistry, Bio, Enviro Science, Physics)
Science - General
Media Studies
Visual Arts & Design
Visual Arts & Design Additional
Music A
Music B
For information on eligibility and further learning areas available in the Master of Teacher (Secondary), see the learning areas page.

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TEACHSI
  • Three years of study while you are employed and teaching at a secondary school
  • 200 points of coursework.

For a year-by-year breakdown of the program, view the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship course structure.

The course starts in November with a six-week study program and school induction. You will then commence employment in a school the following January from the beginning of term 1.

You will complete 150 points of coursework over the first two years while teaching on a reduced teaching load (0.8 FTE), enabling time for university studies.

In your final year, you will transition to fulltime employment (1.0 FTE) while completing 50 points through capstone studies and electives, or a research project.

Study is structured around five campus-based intensives with additional study conducted online throughout each year.

Students can access an extensive support network, which is provided through a combination of visits to their school, Skype sessions, and online assistance.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship.

Please note: the Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test. Attaining a satisfactory standard in this test is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of the course.

For more information see Literacy and Numeracy Test for Master of Teaching students (PDF, 262 KB).

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship will qualify you for full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a secondary teacher.

If you intend to teach outside Victoria, we recommend you check registration requirements with the relevant body.

How to apply

This course is open to domestic students only. You must be eligible for employment in Australia.

Application dates

Round 1: closes 1 June 2018

Round 2: closes 22 August 2018

Application process

  1. Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
  2. Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

Selection process

Applicants are initially assessed on meeting the minimum course entry requirements, including the requirements for two learning areas and meeting the TCAT standards. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) Selection Committee.

Depending on the interview outcome, selected applicants with learning areas that match current teaching vacancies in participating schools will be invited to attend a school-based interview for employment.

Only applicants who are appointed by a participating school to a teaching vacancy will be made an offer of admission into the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship.

Application outcome

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by email.

Final admission into the course will be dependent on the Victorian Institute of Teaching granting the applicant Permission to Teach status.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship is supported by the Victorian Government