Nexus program

A revolutionary new path into secondary teaching

Introducing the Nexus Program: providing a first of its kind pathway into secondary teaching. As a Nexus student, you’ll be supported by the Federal Government’s High Achieving Teachers Program. This means you’ll receive a small part-time salary while studying as well as access to mentoring and professional development. After the first 12 months of study you will be eligible for Permission to Teach and full-time employment as a paraprofessional in a school while finishing your studies.

What are the benefits of Nexus?

Nexus aims to recruit, prepare, graduate and assist in the employment of teachers in low socioeconomic schools in urban, regional and rural Victoria. As a Nexus student, you’ll receive all the benefits of our Master of Teaching (Secondary) plus:

  • Part-time payment at teacher aide rates as you become a fully qualified secondary teacher
  • placement in a low socioeconomic secondary school in regional or metropolitan Victoria throughout your degree
  • extra opportunities for professional development in social justice areas
  • employment support at graduation and for two years as a beginning teacher
  • a blend of block study during intensives and highly mentored external study
  • you’ll spend more time with lecturers, teachers and local communities
  • all Nexus places are Commonwealth supported

How do I become a Nexus teacher?

In addition to the usual entry requirements for Master of Teaching, NEXUS teachers are required to submit a written statement and, if selected, to attend an interview.

The purpose of these additional requirements is to learn more about applicants’ backgrounds, experiences and aspirations to become Secondary teachers in low socioeconomic and regional/rural/ remote Victorian schools where quality teachers are crucial.

Your application will be considered against the following criteria, which may include:

  • demonstrated passion for social justice
  • previous University degree with good results (Weighted Average Mark of 65 or more)
  • be from a culturally diverse background. (Note, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and applicants from refugee or NESB backgrounds, people with disabilities and from rural communities are strongly encouraged to apply)
  • knowledge in high-needs areas, such as STEM and Special Education
  • strong interpersonal skills, resilience and the drive to become a high quality secondary teacher in Victoria
  • undergraduate degree in a discipline other than teaching*
  • permanent resident or citizen of Australia.*

* Non-negotiable condition

Learn more about the Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Learn more about the: Master of Teaching (Secondary).

If you'd like to learn more about the Nexus program contact Lutz Hoff, Nexus Project Coordinator via email or phone on 03 9479 1436.

J-Mara’s story

J-Mara is studying to be a Secondary teacher in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. As a young Aboriginal woman, here she talks about her commitment to Indigenous education and her positive experience studying in La Trobe’s Nexus pathway which focuses on social justice.

Professor Lampert

The Nexus Master of Teaching is La Trobe University’s new Federally and State supported pathway into Secondary teaching in hard-to-staff urban, regional and rural schools in Victoria. In this video, Professor Jo Lampert explains the innovative employment based, social justice teaching degree.

Fahim’s story

Fahim is studying to be a Secondary teacher in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Here he talks about his own background and his decision to apply for La Trobe’s Nexus pathway which offers him employment as he works and studies.

Hannah's story

Hannah is studying to be a Secondary teacher in Mildura. Here she talks about her decision to apply for La Trobe's Nexus pathway which offers her employment as she works and studies.

Jackson's story

Jackson is studying to be a Secondary teacher in Tallangatta, a regional town in Victoria. Here he talks about his decision to apply to La Trobe's Nexus pathway into teaching and how it has allowed him to return and give back to the town he grew up in.

To apply for the Nexus program as part of the Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  1. Download and complete the Nexus application form and save it on your device.
  2. Apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Nexus at the Melbourne campus, however please note that you can be based at regional locations across Victoria for the majority of the course duration.
  3. Upload the completed Nexus application form with your Master of Teaching (Secondary) application.

Feedback and Complaints

In addition to the usual feedback and complaints procedure, both successful and unsuccessful students can voice their concerns about Nexus directly with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment via the following contact details.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
1300 566 046

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nexus?

Nexus is La Trobe University’s alternative pathway into Secondary teaching supported by the Commonwealth and State Departments of Education. It is an internship where carefully selected participants work as Education Support Workers (teachers’ aides) in low socio-economic schools while they complete their Master of Teaching (Secondary).

The first year of study is part-time employment, but second year Nexus participants become full-time paraprofessionals in their school with a 0.8 teaching load (and their own class) while they finish their course.

What is the work commitment of a Nexus participant?

In the first year, Nexus will not likely be enough to live on (think of it as an apprenticeship). However, in the second year, once you gain Permission to Teach, you will be teaching nearly full-time. Nexus students are offered part-time employment while they study:

  • One day a week at Education Support Worker salary in Term Two.
  • Two days a week at Education Support Worker salary in Terms Three and Four.
  • Full-time employment as a paraprofessional (teaching their own class) in the second year of study. Students will be paid the full rate while having to teach four days a week, with one day for studies/PD.

How long is the M. Teach Nexus?

Nexus students enrol in the 18-month (1.5 year accelerated) Master of Teaching (Secondary). Specific details about the program can be found here.

Is there a mid-year intake and when do the studies start?

There is only one intake. Nexus begins with a one-week intensive in Melbourne in mid-February prior to semester start. You will have to make yourself available for that week.

How is coursework offered?

The course involves blended learning, a combination of face to face and online learning.

Nexus students must attend two Nexus intensives in the first year. This will require travel to Melbourne or Bendigo. All expenses are paid, including travel, accommodation and a small daily living allowance. There is another intensive in the second year prior to graduation.

What kind of Nexus candidates are we seeking?

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to social justice. We give strong preference to candidates with undergraduate degrees for hard-to-staff Methods or teaching areas (such as Mathematics, some areas of Science, Technology Studies, Special Education, English, TESOL, Languages). Preference is also given to candidates from regional Victoria or those fully committed to teaching in the hardest to staff schools in rural and regional locations.

Candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.
You will need a WAM or GPA of >65% in your undergraduate degree to be eligible for consideration.

Are there fees for Nexus students?

There are no up-front fees if you are an Australian citizen. This is the same as the usual M. Teaching. Nexus are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) which you can read about here. Please check whether you are eligible.

Can I defer my studies?

Deferral is not possible.

Is it possible to study part-time?

The way in which Nexus is structured does not allow for part-time study.

Can I work part-time during my first year of candidature?

We understand that the pay for the first year would not cover living expenses. Some current students are keeping part-time work but you should be aware that it is a demanding course.

How do I apply to Nexus?

We are happy to have conversations with you at any time. Enrolments will open in late July, so keep checking.
You can find the application process on this page.

What happens when I apply for Nexus?

The application form is in the link above - you must tick the box to be considered for Nexus. You will submit a written statement about your suitability and commitment to teaching in low socio-economic or regional and rural schools.

The Nexus team will then assess your application and determine whether you match the needs of Nexus Secondary schools. If you are eligible you will be invited to a face to face or Zoom interview with the Nexus team from La Trobe and an attending Principal.
This matching process can take a bit of time.

What happens if I do not get into Nexus?

There is no real drawback. If you are not selected for Nexus your application for the mainstream M. Teaching remains active.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

Only successful candidates will be contacted by mid-January at the latest.

When should I submit my application and is there a cut-off date?

We advise potential candidates to submit their application as soon as possible after M. Teaching (Secondary) opens in mid-July to give plenty of time for matching candidate's teaching areas with schools' needs. We assess applications and contact potential candidates from early August to mid-January.

Do I need to relocate to participate?

In some cases, candidates' teaching areas cannot be matched with schools' needs in the immediate surroundings. This is less likely in regional and rural Victoria, as good teachers in many subject areas are sought after. If you agree to relocate please let us know in your written statement.

If you have specific questions about the Nexus program, please contact Project Officer
Dr Lutz Hoff at .

Nexus is delivered as part of the High Achieving Teachers Program with the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. La Trobe University also acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.