Pathways to teaching

There are several pathways to a career in teaching or education. If you are a secondary school student and wish to pursue a career as a teacher, you can apply directly for an undergraduate education degree.

Alternative pathways

Our Bachelor of Educational Studies is a preferred pathway into a teaching degree. With six common first year subjects, students who perform well can apply to transfer into an undergraduate teaching degree for second year. Graduates can also choose to progress into a Graduate Entry Teaching program, such as the Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Secondary), Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) or the Master of Teaching (P-12)

Other alternative pathways include TAFE; transferring from another degree or campus at La Trobe; transferring from another university where you are enrolled in a related degree, provided you meet the entry requirements; or enrolling in a degree through our special mature age entry scheme or via single subject enrolment. See undergraduate pathways or information for international students.

Professional Development

Current teachers can enrol in a master or research course in a specialist education area. For information about these options consult our postgraduate study page.

Professional teaching registration

All primary and secondary teachers, including principals working in Government, Catholic and Independent schools, are required by law to be registered. To apply, you are required to complete a VIT online application for teacher registration located at

Graduates may also be eligible for registration in other Australian states and territories. Students completing early childhood or early learning courses will need to seek registration with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).