ECT English Language Competence Policy

Appendix 1

VIT's Early Childhood Teacher English Language Competence Requirements (commences 30 September 2015)

1. English Language competence requirements - early childhood teachers:

  • 1.1 If you completed all the years of higher education study associated with a qualification leading to early childhood teacher registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will satisfy the English language competence requirements.

For example:

  • If you completed all four years of an ACECQA approved 4 year undergraduate early childhood qualification in Australia, then you will satisfy the English language competence requirements.
  • If you completed all three years of an ACECQA approved 3 year undergraduate early childhood qualification in Australia, then you will satisfy the English language competence requirements.
  • If you completed all three years of an undergraduate degree in English in Canada and then completed an ACECQA approved one year postgraduate early childhood qualification in Australia, then you will satisfy the English language competence requirement.
  • If you completed all three years of an undergraduate degree in English in the United Kingdom and then completed an ACECQA approved two year postgraduate early childhood qualification in Australia, then you will satisfy the English language competence requirement.
  • If you completed all three years of an undergraduate degree in English in Singapore and then completed an ACECQA approved two year postgraduate early childhood qualification in Australia, then you will NOT satisfy the English language competence requirement.

1.2 If an applicant for early childhood teacher registration cannot meet criterion 1.1 then they must provide evidence that they have undertaken one of the following English language tests with achievement at the standard specified below:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing – where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. All skill areas must be met on an individual test.
  • International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) with Level 4 in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Test achievements are only deemed valid if provided by approved testing sites where the assessment is teaching focused.
  • Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) with a score of A in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) test. Note: While the University of New South Wales no longers offers this test, VIT still accepts these test results.

Note: The date of the English language test results must be no more than two years prior to the date of application for registration.

2. Exceptional circumstances - early childhood teachers:

  • 2.1 If you are eligible to apply for early childhood teacher registration under the transitional arrangements, the English language competence requirements will not apply to you.*
  • 2.2 If you are a registered teacher applying for early childhood teacher registration as a second registration, the English language competence requirements will not apply to you.

*this option is no longer available to new applicants as the transitional period ended in April 2016