Innovative and employment-based Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs seek to boost the supply of teachers in Victorian government secondary and specialist schools, particularly in outer-metropolitan, rural and remote locations and priority subject areas. Students enrolled in these programs are employed in Victorian government secondary and specialist schools as paraprofessionals with Permission to Teach while they complete their postgraduate teaching degrees.

The department is working in partnership with the following providers to deliver postgraduate innovative and employment-based ITE programs in 2023:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Deakin University
  • Federation University Australia
  • La Trobe University
  • RMIT University
  • Teach for Australia
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University

All students of these programs are required to be formally matched with a host school for the duration of their secondary teaching degree. Students will be supported by a provider mentor and a school-based mentor from their host school.

For each program, resources for host schools and participants are available on the Resources tab. These resources provide information on each available innovative and employment-based ITE program.

Relevant legislation

Contact information

Secondary and specialist schools that are or would be interested in participating in the programs by employing a student as a paraprofessional may contact the Schools Recruitment Unit on:


Tel: 1800 641 943

Prospective ITE students can also contact the Schools Recruitment Unit on the details above, or reach out to a participating university or provider directly.

Prospective ITE student are also encouraged to visit the accelerated learning program webpageExternal Link for more information and links to participating universities.

Overview of innovative and employment-based initial teacher education (ITE) programs

Reviewed 16 November 2022

Policy last updated

16 February 2021


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