Alternative pathways

Future students, from across Victoria and from diverse educational backgrounds, are able to enter our Education courses through alternative pathways.

Our flagship program in this space is Nexus. 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 Department of Education.

Nexus program

A first-of-its-kind employment-based pathway into Secondary teaching, Nexus prepares, mentors and graduates selected teaching candidates for economically, culturally diverse and hard-to-staff schools in Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria.

The program is designed to attract high achieving graduates to participate in a social justice-oriented teacher education program, in partnership with schools and local communities.

Many participants are from the local communities where they are trained or relocate to schools where they are needed most.

Graduates from non-teaching undergraduate courses are matched with state Secondary schools as they complete a Master of Teaching qualification.

Nexus students receive all the benefits of our eighteen-month accelerated or two-year Master of Teaching (Secondary). In addition, they undertake placements in a Nexus partner school, receive paid work opportunities (part-time in first year and full-time in second year), along with mentoring and professional development in social justice areas.

At graduation, Nexus students are provided with support for two years as beginning teachers.

The program is delivered by academic staff who specialise in diversity and inclusion, in partnership with participating Secondary schools – offering those schools the opportunity to recruit high performing future teachers with diverse backgrounds.

Nexus especially welcomes Indigenous pre-service teachers and those from culturally diverse and/or regional backgrounds.

“Through our carefully scaffolded Nexus program, teachers slowly become part of the school community as they move from part-time Education Support Staff to fully school-embedded paraprofessionals with Permission to Teach in the school– and all before they have technically graduated,” says Professor Jo Lampert. “We are proud of our passionate, strength-based teachers who understand the difference that education can make.”

Become a Nexus teacher.