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Duration:
1 year full time.
Delivery mode:
Blended
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Overview

Start your journey towards a rewarding career in education with the Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation at VU Polytechnic.

This course provides you with the essential teaching and learning skills required to pathway into an undergraduate teacher education program. You will develop fundamental knowledge of the education environment, inclusive education, the teaching profession and approaches to learning in the context of early childhood, primary and secondary schooling.

You will develop the skills to:

  • examine approaches to learning and the ways in which contemporary issues in education impact on teaching and teachers
  • collaborate with and lead others
  • use language, literacy and numeracy at a level required to enter undergraduate level teaching qualifications
  • develop self-management strategies
  • source and select relevant information
  • read, summarise and paraphrase academic literature
  • communicate using academic language and structure
  • use academic referencing systems.

You will graduate with knowledge of twenty-first century learning and teaching practices and have the confidence to pursue further study in the field.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You will develop practical skills through our supportive workplace learning model and be job-ready when you graduate.

Throughout this course, you’ll work under direct supervision in a real workplace. You’ll get over 50 hours of practical placement in an education setting, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Our partner network includes schools and community and government organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s north and west. Victoria University Polytechnic students are known for their capability in the workplace, and placements can lead to employment.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • placements
  • guest speaker presentations
  • scenario-based learning and assessments.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in education

This preparation course will help to prepare you for further learning and a rewarding future career in education. Upon completion of this qualification you will have developed the skillsand knowledge to pathway into an undergraduate teacher education program.

Possible career opportunities after completion of this course include:

  • education support worker

Please note: completion of this qualification will not result in registration as a teacher.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded the 22451VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units;
  • one (1) unit from the education practice stream, and;
  • two (2) elective units, selected from: 
  • the electives listed within the 22451VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation qualification;
  • the units listed within the education practice stream of 22451VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation that have not previously been selected, and/or;
  • any other accredited course or endorsed training package where the unit is first packaged at AQF level 4 or above in the source training product.

The selection of elective units should be guided by the vocational, educational and/or personal development needs of learners as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

The purpose of the qualification is to support successful transitions into an undergraduate initial teacher education qualification for those from diverse backgrounds and life stages, without compromising the rigour of their preparation as teachers.  
Note: Completion of this qualification will not result in registration as a teacher.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a Pre-Training review, including a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required document in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check:
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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