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 area||Minimum academic background required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), i.e. a degree including:|
A minor sequence in accounting
A minor sequence in biological sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, microbiology, botany, zoology, but not biochemistry or pharmacology)
A minor sequence in business management
A minor sequence in chemistry or biochemistry
A minor sequence in Drama, Performance Studies or Theatre Studies including practical drama
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)
(a) A minor sequence in Literature or Literary Studies
A minor sequence in one of biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology, Environmental Science and physics
A minor sequence in geography
A minor sequence in health studies covering Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition
A minor sequence in history
Information and Communication Technology
A minor sequence in computer studies or information technology
A minor sequence in Jewish Studies
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
A minor sequence in Legal Studies or Criminology
A minor sequence in mathematics. (Statistics is acceptable provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department)
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)
A major sequence in outdoor education including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities.
A major sequence in physical education including appropriate discipline and skill areas.
A minor sequence in physics
A minor study in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology
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.