Standards for accreditation of programs

Initial teacher education programs in Victoria are accredited by the VIT's Accreditation Committee.

National approach to accreditation

In 2011, a national approach to the accreditation of initial teacher education programs was agreed by all Australian jurisdictions and has two key objectives:

  • To improve teacher quality through continuous improvement of initial teacher education.
  • To maintain accountability of providers for their delivery of quality teacher education programs based on transparent and rigorous standards and accreditation processes.

Implemented in 2013, the national approach and the Australian accreditation standards are used in Victoria to accredit initial teacher education programs for preparing teachers.

Learn more about the national approach

If you are a provider of initial teacher education, we encourage you to contact us regarding the accreditation of programs.

Specialist Area Guidelines

Specialist Area Guidelines describe the minimum qualifications required for specialist subject teachers who have completed or are completing accredited initial teacher education programs. 

Please ensure you select the correct Guidelines relevant to the accreditation status of the program, as the eligibility criteria varies depending on the accreditation status of the program.

  • Specialist Area Guidelines 2015 (PDF, 101.49 KB) describes the minimum qualifications required for specialist subject teachers who are completing initial teacher education programs accredited under the Australian standards
  • Specialist Area Guidelines 2012 (PDF, 59.43 KB) describes the minimum qualifications required for specialist subject teachers who have completed or are completing initial teacher education programs accredited under the Victorian standards

Professional experience requirements

All initial teacher education providers establish school partnerships to ensure the delivery of a satisfactory professional experience component of their programs.