Secondary teaching specialist areas and prerequisites

Students wishing to apply for the Master of Teaching degree with a secondary specialism must first determine which specialist area(s) they may be academically qualified to teach - see the table below. Students should refer to the Specialist Area Guidelines on the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) website for more information.

Teaching specialist areas and prerequisites

Teaching specialist areaMinimum academic background required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), i.e. a degree including:

Accounting

A minor sequence in accounting

Biology

A minor sequence in biological sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, microbiology, botany, zoology, but not biochemistry or pharmacology)

Business Management

A minor sequence in business management

Chemistry

A minor sequence in chemistry or biochemistry

Drama

A minor sequence in Drama, Performance Studies or Theatre Studies including practical drama

Economics

A minor sequence in economics

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

A minor sequence in linguistics or a second language (i.e. not the teacher's first language)
together with teaching methodology which covers TESOL principles and approaches for a range of educational contexts, including factors affecting the development of language proficiency, and assessment procedures to facilitate appropriate placement of students with EAL needs

English

(a) A minor sequence in Literature or Literary Studies
or
(b) A minor sequence in Writing, English Language Studies or Linguistics together with a part of Literature or Literary Studies

General science

A minor sequence in one of biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology, Environmental Science and physics
together with a part in another of these areas

Geography

A minor sequence in geography

Health

A minor sequence in health studies covering Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition

History

A minor sequence in history

Information and Communication Technology

A minor sequence in computer studies or information technology

Jewish Studies

A minor sequence in Jewish Studies

Languages
(Single and Double specialism)

A major study in a Language
Note: Native speakers of a language may seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university.  This will deem that knowledge and competence in the native language meets the major level study standards require

Legal Studies

A minor sequence in Legal Studies or Criminology

Mathematics

A minor sequence in mathematics. (Statistics is acceptable provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department)

Media Studies

A minor sequence in media studies, film or journalism

Music (Single and Double discipline)

A major sequence in music and appropriate practical skills (equivalent to AMEB Grade VI or Year 12 Practical Music)

Outdoor Education

A major sequence in outdoor education including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities.
A current Emergency First Aid Level 2 certificate is also required.

Physical Education

A major sequence in physical education including appropriate discipline and skill areas.
A current Emergency First Aid Level 2 and AustSwim or ASCTA teacher certificates are also required.

Physics

A minor sequence in physics

Social Education

A minor study in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology
together with a part in another of these areas of study

Visual Arts (Single and Double discipline)

A major study in relevant area(s) of Art which includes at least one quarter of a year of practical Art content. (e.g. Art, Craft, Computer-generated Art, Sculpture, Photography)

Legend of the terms:

  • Part: Successful tertiary study in a subject having the weighting of at least one quarter of a year of full-time study in the course from which it is derived.
  • Minor: A total of half a year of successful full-time tertiary study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years, e.g. a part in each of the first and second years of tertiary study, or equivalent study.
  • Major: A total of three-quarters of a year of successful full-time tertiary study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years, e.g. a part in each of the first, second and third years of tertiary study, or equivalent study.