Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic students


  • Become a highly-qualified secondary teacher in 2 years
  • Earn an income while teaching at a Victorian school
  • Unparalleled support during your internship from your school and MGSE
  • Program supported by the Victorian Government
  • Become eligible for full teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Looking to study a Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship? Watch our Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship Information Evening webinar recording from May 2021. Course coordinator, Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach presents an overview of the program, while a panel of current students and alumni answer attendee questions.

Earn a world-class Master of Teaching qualification while getting paid to teach in a Victorian secondary school with our Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship (MTSI). As a student in our renowned internship program, you’ll teach subject areas directly related to your previous studies. You’ll become part of a highly-supported group of teachers earning a salary while you study and learn on the job. Interns are employed in schools as para-professionals with teaching responsibilities and have Permission to Teach from the VIT. The qualification prepares interns to teach across the secondary years with specialist knowledge in two curriculum areas.

See our Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions about this course.

Who is the program for?

Our internship is for those wanting to become registered secondary school teachers through gaining a Master of Teaching (Secondary) qualification. With no teaching experience required, it’s perfect for either recent graduates or those looking to embark on a career change into secondary teaching. The structure of the program is ideal for those who prefer learning by doing, with a combination of on-campus intensives, online learning and a paid teaching position in a Victorian school. Crucially, it’s been developed for those who don’t want to sacrifice an income to study, with a professional salary and bursary available to all students.

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Support while you learn

During your internship, you will receive extensive guidance and support from education experts every step of the way. You will be assigned a Mentor Teacher from your school and a Teaching Specialist from MGSE who will prepare you for the school environment and provide support while you teach. On graduating, our interns are successful because of the extra support and guidance they had throughout the internship.

Earn while you learn

After an initial on-campus program, you'll be placed at a participating school on a starting para-professional salary, so you won’t need to compromise on having an income while you study.

Why choose the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship with us?

Our renowned internship is known for producing some of the best teachers in the country and is supported by the Victorian Government. The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1 in Australia and #14 in the world.*

We’re the only initial teaching degree in Australia to use an Evidence-Based Teaching framework, putting research at the heart of what we do. MGSE is at the cutting edge of teaching and research, meaning you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 96 per cent of our graduates gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

For schools

Interested in employing an intern for your school? The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is currently seeking interest from Victorian schools to participate in this program. Learn more about how an intern from MGSE could benefit your classroom, your eligibility and to register your school’s interest.

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Indigenous Support and Knowledge

We offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne for Indigenous students, via Murrup Barak. We are also working to empower all teachers to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula project.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education

^Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Graduates Outcomes Survey 2017-2019