Teacher Education Programs

Programs which provide the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for those entering the profession are referred to as preservice or initial teacher education (ITE) programs.

Program entry requirements

These entry requirements apply to initial teacher education applicants completing Year 12 studies.

Students intending to enter an undergraduate teacher education program commencing in 2016 or later are required to have:

  • at least ‘Sound Achievement’ in the current QCAA Authority Subject of Senior English, or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction
  • at least ‘Sound Achievement’ in Mathematics (QCAA Mathematics A and /or B and /or C), or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction.

Students entering undergraduate primary (including early childhood and middle years) programs also require a ‘Sound Achievement’ in a QCAA Authority Science subject e.g.

  • Agricultural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Marine Science
  • Science21
  • Physics

or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction.

It is assumed that students will also have completed four (4) semesters of study in each of English, mathematics and science.

NOTE: Applicants for primary teacher education programs, other than school leavers, who are unable to meet the QCAA Authority Science subject (or equivalent) prerequisite must demonstrate an 'acceptable alternative' specified by their preferred teacher education provider.

Program content

ITE programs usually contain the following key elements

  • discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies
  • general education studies
  • supervised professional experience
  • internships
  • wider field experience.

Supervised professional experience involves actively engaging in all aspects of the teaching process, in different school settings, and with a range of learners under the direct supervision and guidance of experienced registered teachers. Supervising teachers have expertise in coaching and mentoring, and in making judgements about whether preservice teachers have achieved the Graduate Teacher Standards.

Internships are an advanced professional experience within an ITE program following completion of the required minimum number of days of supervised professional experience. An Internship provides a transition into the teaching profession through a reduced workload, support of a mentor and must be ‘authorised’ by the QCT.

Wider field experiences allow preservice teachers to explore resources and support services available and to work with relevant professions and welfare agencies.

For additional information see:

Accreditation of initial teacher education programs

Supervising professional experience

Internship Authorisations

Transitioning to a different area of teaching

When you apply for registration the QCT registers you as a ‘teacher’, not as an early years, primary or specialist secondary teacher. As a registered teacher you can legally be employed to teach any year level in a school. The specific subjects, grades or classes assigned to you are decided by the school/employer.

If you wish to transition to a different phase of learning, see the tips in Transitioning to a Different Area of Teaching (PDF, 94KB).


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