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 salary while studying as well as access to mentoring and professional development.

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:

  • 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.

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 via the following contact details.

Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
1300 566 046
education.gov.au/feedback-and-enquiry-form