1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
10 July 2023
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Start your journey towards a rewarding career in education with the Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation 22602VIC at Victoria University 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 also learn:

  • the education environment through participation in a practice stream 
  • the teaching profession and approaches to learning in the context of early childhood, primary and secondary schooling 
  • legislative and policy contexts for education systems and sectors in Victoria 
  • contemporary issues and challenges in the teaching environment.

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

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.

Before you can take part in a practical placement in Semester Two, you need to complete all Semester One units. Your progress will be discussed during the mid-semester review, where you'll be provided advice to help you complete the course.

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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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 skills and 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.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the 22602VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:
* nine (9) core units, and;
* one (1) unit from the education practice stream, and;
* two (2) elective units, selected from: 

  • the electives listed within the 22602VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation qualification;
  • the units listed within the education practice stream of 22602VIC 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.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



Education Practice Stream

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the VU Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This course supports students to develop the skills and knowledge to transition into Initial Teacher Education qualifications. It provides opportunities for a diverse range of people to pursue a teaching career through a flexible and alternative pathway. It supports access to teacher training for those from diverse backgrounds and life stages who do not currently meet the requirements of the Victorian Selection Framework for entry into initial teacher education courses. It enables learners to prepare for successful participation in undergraduate initial teacher education by supporting the development of study skills and literacy and numeracy skills and introducing them to:
• the education environment through participation in a practice stream
• the teaching profession and approaches to learning in the context of early childhood, primary and secondary schooling
• legislative and policy contexts for education systems and sectors in Victoria• contemporary issues and challenges in the teaching environment.

Note: Completion of this qualification will not result in registration as a teacher.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
For employment and practical placement purposes, all applicants require:
* Valid Working with Children Check
Placements will not proceed without this documentation.
The following are suggested sites to access information about these checks:
* 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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 10 July 2023

Before you apply

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