About this course
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an undergraduate degree with appropriate prerequisites for two Learning Area study sequences, as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching; and
- a selection test and interview (for shortlisted candidates) as determined by the Selection Committee.
Applicants must also have been accepted by an approved employing school for appointment to a teaching vacancy, in order to undertake the course.
Applicants who already hold a recognised teacher qualification are not eligible for entry to this course.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the results of the selection test (and interview if relevant).
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7+ is required.
(a) All applicants must have Permission to Teach from the Victorian Institute of Teaching prior to the commencement of the Practicum subjects, and for the duration of the program
(b) Although applicants must meet the University’s English language requirements, higher standards may be needed for eligibility for Permission to Teach status and for Australian teacher registration on graduation.
(c) For students who have not completed undergraduate studies in a university where English is the language of instruction and assessment, a test of English language competency is required. Such applicants require an overall English language score of not less than IELTS (academic English Only) with a minimum test score of 7.0 (no band less than 7.0) or, a score in the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (TWE 5.0) or, TOEFL (internet-based test) 94 + Writing 27; Speaking 24; Reading 24; Listening 24 or, Pearson Test of English (Academic) 65 & no communicative skill below 65 or, Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 67 + no less than Good in each skill.
(d) *All applicants must complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) selection test and meet all TCAT benchmarks. Details of the selection test are available on the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) website.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:
In all courses
- The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
- The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
- Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
In courses requiring students to undertake practicum placements
- The ability to undertake professional practice placements independently, including:
a. the ability based on personal maturity to establish a professional relationship with students and interact with them appropriately;
b. the ability to communicate to students the subject matter being taught with clarity and in a way that is age-sensitive;
c. the ability to model literacy and numeracy skills independently for students and in all their interactions meet community expectations of the literacy and numeracy skills teachers should have;
d. the ability to demonstrate skilfully and safely activities required in particular discipline areas being taught (e.g. physical education activities, science laboratory techniques);
e. the ability to create, monitor and maintain a safe physical environment, a stable and supportive psychological environment, and a productive learning environment in their classroom;
f. the ability to establish effective relationships with all members of the school community, including colleagues, students, and caregivers;
g. the ability based on mental and physical health to exercise sound judgment and respond promptly to the demands of classroom situations, and the personal resilience to cope and maintain their wellbeing under stress.
Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Student Equity and Disability Support.
Last updated: 11 August 2020