This policy was amended on 15 February 2017. 

The VIT's Qualification for Teacher Registration 2013 Qualification Policy 

Section 2.6.8(a)(i) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (the Act) requires that in order to be registered as a teacher, a person must obtain a qualification that is appropriate for entry to teaching approved by the Minister or has obtained a qualification determined by the Victorain Institute of Teaching (VIT) to be equivalent to an approved qualification that is appropriate for entry to teaching.

This policy should be read in conjunction with Appendix 1 ‘Approved Qualifications and Packages’ and Appendix 2 ‘Equivalency, Definitions and Application Requirements

The following qualifications or those found to be equivalent by the VIT, articulate the requirements of the Act and conform with a nationally consistent approach to the registration of teachers:

An approved four year (full-time or equivalent) teaching qualification undertaken at a higher education institution which includes an initial course of primary and/or secondary teacher education of at least one year’s duration (full-time or equivalent) inclusive of teaching methods and at least 45 days of supervised practice teaching

OR

Four years of full-time or equivalent higher education study which includes an approved initial primary and/or secondary teaching qualification of at least one year’s duration (full-time or equivalent) inclusive of teaching methods and at least 45 days of supervised practice teaching

and either

  • (a) the award of an approved academic degree or diploma of at least three years duration OR
  • (b) approved academic and/or teaching certificates, degrees or diplomas totalling at least three years of higher education study

OR

An approved Certificate of Proficiency/Completion in a trade together with:

  • (a) relevant industrial experience such that the period of apprenticeship and the industrial experience totals not less than eight years AND
  • (b) an approved trade technician course or an approved equivalent program of post apprenticeship studies equivalent to one year of full-time study AND
  • (c) an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least one year’s duration (full-time or equivalent), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching OR
  • (d) where (b) is not included, an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least two years duration (full-time or equivalent), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching.

OR

An approved Certificate of Technology or equivalent qualification together with:

  • (a) six years of relevant industrial experience AND
  • (b) an approved trade technician course or approved studies equivalent to one year of full-time study AND
  • (c) an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least one year’s duration (full-time or equivalent), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching OR
  • (d) where (b) is not included, an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least two years duration (full-time or equivalent), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching.

Appendix 1

Approved qualifications and packages

The following qualifications, or combinations of qualifications, are generally considered to meet the requirements of ‘Qualifications for Teacher Registration’:

  • An approved academic degree or equivalent diploma of at least three years duration (full-time or equivalent) together with an approved one-year (full time or equivalent) initial course of primary and/or secondary teacher education, such as a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary and/or Secondary).
  • An approved academic degree or equivalent diploma of at least three years duration (full-time or equivalent) together with an approved two-year (full-time or equivalent) initial course of primary and/or secondary teacher education, such as a Bachelor/Master of Teaching (Primary and/or Secondary)(Postgraduate).
  • An approved four year (full-time or equivalent) Bachelor of Primary Education or Bachelor of Secondary Education or equivalent qualifications.
  • An approved four year (full-time or equivalent) primary or secondary teaching double degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Certificate A issued by the Department of Education Victoria.
  • A two year (full-time or equivalent) post-Year 12 initial course of primary teacher education, such as the Trained Primary Teachers Certificate, together with a further two years (full-time or equivalent) of approved higher education study, or equivalent qualifications.
  • A three year (full-time or equivalent) post-Year 12 initial course of primary teacher education, such as the Trained Infant Teachers Certificate or Diploma of Teaching (Primary), together with a further year (full-time or equivalent) of approved higher education study, or equivalent qualifications.
  • A three year (full-time or equivalent) post-Year 12 initial course of secondary teacher education, such as the Trained Secondary Teachers Certificate, together with a further year (full-time or equivalent) of approved higher education study, or equivalent qualifications.
  • An approved Certificate of Proficiency/Completion in a trade together with;
    • (i) relevant industrial experience such that the period of apprenticeship and the industrial experience totals not less than eight years AND
    • (ii) an approved trade technician course or an approved equivalent program of post-apprenticeship studies equivalent to one year full-time study AND
    • (iii) an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least one year's duration (full-time or equivalent), such as a Trained Trade Instructor's Certificate, Certificate of Technical Teaching or Certificate of Teaching (Technology), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching in secondary school settings

    or

    • (iv) where (ii) above is not included, an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least two years’ duration (full time or equivalent), such as a Diploma of Technical Teaching or Diploma of Teaching (Technology), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching in secondary school settings.
  • An approved Certificate of Technology or equivalent qualification together with:
    • (i) six years of relevant industrial experience AND
    • (ii) an approved trade technician course or an approved equivalent studies equivalent to one year of full-time study AND
    • (iii) an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least one year's duration (full-time or equivalent), such as a Trained Trade Instructor's Certificate, Certificate of Technical Teaching or Certificate of Teaching (Technology), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching in secondary school settings 

or

    • (iv) where (ii) is not included, an approved initial course of secondary teacher education of at least two year's duration (full-time or equivalent), such as a Diploma of Technical Teaching or Diploma of Teaching (Technology), which includes approved teaching methods and supervised practice teaching in secondary school settings.

Appendix 2

Equivalency, definitions and application requirements  

Equivalency

The following determinations are intended to assist in interpreting equivalency to qualifications specified in ‘Qualifications for Teacher Registration’ and ‘Approved Qualifications and Packages.’

The Vicotrian Institute of Teaching approves and accredits all initial primary and/or secondary teacher education courses offered in Victoria, and endorses a number of specialist education courses.

The VIT accepts all:

  • academic qualifications approved by relevant State and/or Commonwealth higher education authorities within Australia
  • TAFE Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications approved by relevant State Further Education authorities within Australia.
  • all vocational and professional qualifications approved by relevant State and/or Commonwealth government authorities and/or any State Further Education authority within Australia.

VIT accepts the following providing that they are determined by the VIT to be equivalent to those offered in Victoria:

  • all teaching qualifications approved by relevant State and/or Commonwealth higher education authorities elsewhere in Australia.
  • other academic and teaching qualifications approved by the relevant higher education authorities in the countries where they are offered.
  • all vocational and professional qualifications approved by relevant government authorities in the countries where they are offered.

Country Education Profiles published by the National Office on Overseas Skills Recognition and/or its successor organisation will be accepted by the VIT as the authoritative reference source for equivalency determinations on overseas qualifications.

Definitions

“Academic” means non-education discipline studies or educational studies other than initial teacher education studies undertaken at a recognised higher education or further education institution.

“Approved” means approved by the VIT, except where stated otherwise.

“Certificate A” means a certificate issued by the Department of Education Victoria to indicate four-year trained teacher status in accordance with Departmental regulations.

“Certificate of Proficiency/Completion” means trade training through an approved authority incorporating indentured employment (Apprenticeship), on-the-job-training and formal studies at an approved institution.

“Industrial Experience” means being engaged in an approved occupation of a non-teaching nature.

“Qualification” means an award granted by a higher education or further education institution or other recognised vocational or professional body on completion of an approved course of study or training, or both.

“Recognised” means recognised by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority or an equivalent authority in another Australian State or Territory.

“School” as defined under s.1.1.3 of the Act means a place at or from which education is provided to children of compulsory school age during normal school hours, but does not include:

  • a place at which registered home schooling takes place
  • a University
  • a TAFE institute
  • an education service exempted by Ministerial Order
  • any other body exempted by the regulations.

School also refers to an equivalent institution in another Australian State or Territory, or another country.

“Supervised Practice Teaching (SPT)” means the required component of a course during which time a pre-service teacher is engaged in the teaching and learning process with students either in a: 

  • primary and/or secondary school setting under the supervision of a registered teacher or a person able to be registered as a teacher
  • non-school setting under the supervision of an educator employed by that institution who will preferably be a registered teacher or a person able to be registered as a teacher. 

The supervised teaching practice must be formally assessed. While it is desirable for supervised practice teaching to take place in a variety of learning environments, the majority of the supervised practice teaching must occur in Australian primary and/or secondary school settings for VIT approved courses.

“Teacher Education” means approved initial professional education studies, curriculum and teaching methodology studies appropriate to teaching in primary and/or secondary schools, and supervised practice teaching in primary and/or secondary school settings.

“Higher Education Study” means Post Year 12 study undertaken at a university, TAFE or other accredited post-secondary institution.

“Higher Education Institution” means a university, TAFE, or other accredited post-secondary institution which provides a course of higher education study.

“Year 12” means the final year of study in a Victorian secondary school, or equivalent level in another education system.

Application requirements

Application Form 

Applicants for registration to teach in Victorian primary, secondary and special schools may apply only on the form approved by the Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT.

Application fee

Applicants must pay the prescribed fee. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.

Required information and documentation 

Applicants for registration must provide information or relevant documentation in the following areas where applicable:

  • Personal details, including; title, surname or family name, given names, previous names, gender, date of birth, place of birth, address to be used by the Institute in corresponding with the applicant (residential/postal address), contact telephone numbers and email address. Applicants should note that if registered, they must notify the VIT in writing within 30 days of any change in the address provided.
  • Proof of identity; the applicant must provide ‘proof of identity’ documents with their application or utilise the National e-Authentication Framework dependent on the application type. Details on the required proof of identity documents can be found in the application form. The VIT has the right to request presentation of the original documents.
  • School appointment details (if known) including;  name of school, suburb and contact numbers.
  • Academic or Trade qualifications, including for each qualification; name of qualification, content of and results in the course, years in which it was undertaken, name of institution, the state or country in which it was undertaken, length of course (full-time or equivalent) and evidence that the qualification has been completed. A full academic transcript for each qualification will be required for overseas qualifications.
  • Teaching qualifications (Primary or Secondary), including for each qualification; name of course, years in which it was undertaken, name of institution, state or country in which it was undertaken, length of course (full-time equivalent) and evidence that the qualification has been completed. A full academic transcript for each qualification will be required for overseas qualifications. Evidence of course completion for some application types may be sourced directly from the higher education institution..
  • Other higher education qualifications not complete, including for each qualification;  name of course, years in which it was undertaken, name of institution, full-time equivalent length of course. This is particularly important where credits, exemptions or advanced standing from this study have been granted towards a subsequent qualification. Evidence of course completion for some application types may be sourced directly from the higher education institution.
  • Evidence of Australian qualifications may be obtained directly from the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
  • Evidence of Trade or Industrial experience.
  • Evidence of at least 45 days of Supervised Practice Teaching (SRT) undertaken in Primary and/or Secondary school settings.
  • Employment history as a qualified teacher where applicable.
  • English language requirements, including; declarations regarding English language competence and, where required, evidence of an English language test which satisfies the VIT's English language policy as to the applicant's proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English, the results of which must be no more than two years old at the date of application for registration.
  • Consent: for the VIT to obtain a National Police History Check (NPHC) from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and authorise the VIT to conduct a police record check from time to time through Victoria Police if registration or permission to teach is granted.
  • An overseas Criminal Record Check (CRC);  from any country other than Australia in which an applicant has lived for more than 12 continuous months in the last ten years when over 18 years of age. The applicant must provide an original or certified copy of the document, which must be no more than 12 months old at the time of application and cover the period of residency in the overseas country. If the applicant has been granted Australian permanent residency since living overseas, they may provide evidence of this instead.
  • Declarations of; criminal charges, conviction or finding of guilt, disciplinary proceedings, resignation to avoid proceedings or disciplinary action, history in any profession (including teaching) where registration, licensing classification or eligibility to practise (including employment as a teacher) has been cancelled or suspended or withdrawn or refused and any physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder including substance abuse or dependence which may affect ability to practise as a teacher.

Privacy

The application form shall include a privacy statement as prescribed under the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001.

Human Rights Charter 

The application form shall include a statement in relation to compliance with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Suitability to teach policy

Section 2.6.8(a)(ii)(A) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, requires that in order to be registered as a teacher, a person must produce evidence that satisfies the criteria approved by the Minister about suitability to be a teacher. The following criteria articulate this requirement and align with the nationally consistent approach to the registration of teachers.

1. This policy applies to all applications for registration, including permission to teach.

2. An applicant for registration must complete all applicable sections of the form and supply all requested documents and information required in the application form.

3. An applicant for registration must provide consent authorising the VIT to undertake an Australian National Police History Check (NPHC).

4. An applicant for Registration who has resided in any country other than Australia for a continuous period of 12 months or more during the 10 years prior to the date of the lodgement of the application, and who was 18 years or older when they resided in that country, must provide an original or certified copy of a criminal records check (CRC) from that country at the time of application for registration. The CRC document must be no more than 12 months old at the time of application and must cover the full period of residency in that country.

An applicant will not be required to provide the CRC if they have been granted permanent residency by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in the intervening period.

5. If an applicant for registration cannot, at the time of application, provide an overseas CRC, they must provide a statement that the applicant:

  • has not been charged, convicted or found guilty of a criminal offence under the laws of the country(ies) in which they resided AND
  • has contacted the authorities in the relevant country(ies) and requested an overseas police check and received no reply to the request for an overseas police check OR
  • has contacted the authorities in the relevant country(ies) and requested an overseas police check and the authorities have refused to supply an overseas police check.

Note: Any NPHC or overseas police check is to be assessed against the requirements set out in s.2.6.9(2) of the Act and the Criminal History Record Policy of the VIT.

6. An applicant for registration must be physically and mentally able to undertake the duties of a teacher.

English language competency policy

Section 2.6.8(a)(ii)(B) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 requires that in order to be a registered teacher, a person must produce evidence that they satisfy the criteria approved by the Minister with regard to English language competence. The following criteria articulate this requirement and align with the nationally consistent approach to the registration of teachers.

1. English language competency requirements

  • 1.1 An applicant for full or provisional registration and permission to teach satisfies English language competence if they provide evidence that their teacher education qualifications (consisting of four full years of higher education study that includes an approved initial teacher education program; or qualifications assessed as comparable); or in the case of permission to teach, other relevant qualifications; were undertaken in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1.2 If an applicant for full or provisional registration and permission to teach cannot meet criterion 1.1, then they may 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 in 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: 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 

In exceptional circumstances, permission to teach for languages other than English (LOTE) may be granted at a lesser level of competence in the English language than required at 1.2. (Inclusive of Victorian School of Languages and Auslan programs).

Note: Where persons granted permission to teach under ‘exceptional circumstances’ subsequently become eligible for provisional or (full) registration, they will be required to meet the English language requirements prescribed at 1.1 and 1.2.

3. Costs

Any costs associated with the English Language tests will be the responsibility of the applicant.

The Qualification for Teacher Registration Policy (2013) approved by the Minister on 30 July 2013 replaces the Qualification for Teacher Registration Policy (2012) on 1 September 2013.

4. Early Childhood Teacher English Language Competence Requirements

The requirements for Early Childhood Teachers commenced in September 2015.