The Victorian Government is investing a further $33.5 million in employment-based teaching degrees, which will fast-track up to 1,200 student teachers into classrooms.
Teach Today programs
In these programs, participants are employed in schools as paraprofessionals or education support staff while completing a postgraduate teaching degree across 18-24 months. Participants are paid as paraprofessionals or education support staff (as applicable), and receive a department scholarship of $2,400 to support their intensive study period. The providers offering Teach Today programs in 2023 are:
- Deakin University
- La Trobe University
- Teach For Australia
- the University of Melbourne
Teach Tomorrow programs
In these 18-24 month programs, participants receive a department scholarship of $15,000 while they study for the first 6-12 months of the program and undertake placements in schools. Participants then undertake paid employment in schools as paraprofessionals or education support staff for the final 6-12 months of the program. The providers offering Teach Tomorrow programs in 2023 are:
- Australian Catholic University
- Federation University
- RMIT University
- Victoria University
To be eligible, aspiring teachers will need a bachelor’s degree and to be able to train and work in an area of workforce shortage in Victorian Government secondary or specialist schools.
Benefits for schools
Teach Today and Teach Tomorrow programs offer Victorian government secondary and specialist schools a valuable opportunity to address their short-term staffing needs and invest in their future workforce.
Victorian government secondary and specialist schools have the opportunity to employ Teach Today and Teach Tomorrow students as teaching paraprofessionals while they complete their teaching degrees. Teach Today and Teach Tomorrow programs focus on areas of need including schools with higher levels of disadvantage; priority subject areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), languages, specialist education and applied learning; and priority geographic areas including schools in outer-metropolitan, rural, and regional locations across the state.
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.
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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 Teach Today and Teach Tomorrow team on:
Prospective student teachers can contact the Teach Today and Teach Tomorrow team on the details above, or are encouraged to reach out to participating university providers directly for specific course enquiries.
Reviewed 24 August 2023