Accelerated initial teacher education employment-based program

Want to build your experience in schools while studying to become a qualified teacher? Take advantage of the new Victorian Government funded initiative and and earn while you learn by working in a school while you study to become a secondary school teacher.

Boost your career prospects sooner

If you want to teach in secondary schools or other youth settings and hold a bachelors degree, then the accelerated initial teacher education (ITE) employment-based program could be for you. You’ll have the opportunity to study Deakin’s Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) in just 1.5 years* while gaining supported paid experience working in a school.

Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

Become qualified to teach secondary and vocational education in schools and other youth settings such as the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This masters degree equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience to teach in an applied learning pedagogy in two subject specialisation areas based on your undergraduate degree, and in vocational education including the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or an interstate equivalent.

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Get paid on-the-job training while you study

The accelerated learning program combines paid on-the-job training at a local participating school with online study through Deakin’s premium learning platform. You could earn more than $47,000 per year^^ while working part-time in a participating school, gaining practical classroom experience that will ensure you’re work-ready when you graduate. Throughout the program, you’ll receive supervision and support from staff at both your school and Deakin to maximise your learning and professional development.

Who can apply?

The program is open to aspiring teachers who hold a bachelor degree and can train and work in an area of workforce shortage. Priority will be given to those who:

  • live or aspire to work in outer-metropolitan, regional or rural Victoria
  • want to teach a language other than English, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, applied learning or special education.

You'll also need to meet the entry requirements for the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary), including the Casper test#.

How to apply

Applications are now open for our Trimester 2 intake starting in July 2022. Visit the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) course page for further information about the course and to learn how to apply.

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Gain professional recognition

As a Deakin teaching graduate, you'll be ready to step straight into your dream role. The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

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*To complete the course in 1.5 years it must be taken over 4 consecutive trimesters with compulsory study in Trimester 3.

#Students enrolling in this course will need to pass Casper, an online test used to assess the personal attributes of applicants to initial teacher education courses. For more information visit

~Successful participation in the employment-based, fast-track initiative is conditional on an employment-match being achieved. Deakin University and the Department of Education and Training do not guarantee an employment match can be achieved. Successful applicants will be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place but will still be required to pay the student contribution component of the fees.