Secondary teaching specialist areas and prerequisites

The following information is to help students studying secondary pre-service programs with specialist area unit selection. Students should refer to the Specialist Area Guidelines on the VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) website for more information.

Teaching specialist areas require the following pre-requisites:

Teaching specialist areaMinimum academic background required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), i.e. a degree including:Semester one Semester two
Accounting A minor sequence in accounting EDF4839 Accounting education in the secondary years A EDF4840 Accounting education in the secondary years B
Biology A minor sequence in biological sciences (eg, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, botany, zoology, but not biochemistry or pharmacology) EDF4841 Biology education in the secondary years A EDF4842 Biology education in the secondary years B
Business Management Two minor sequences in business management/management studies, and/or human resource management, and/or marketing EDF4843 Business management education in the secondary years A EDF4844 Business management education in the secondary years B
Chemistry A minor sequence in chemistry or biochemistry EDF4847 Chemistry education in the secondary years A EDF4848 Chemistry education in the secondary years B
Drama A minor sequence in drama or theatrical theatre studies including practical drama EDF4851 Drama education in the secondary years A EDF4852 Drama education in the secondary years B
Economics A minor sequence in economics EDF4853 Economics education in the secondary years A EDF4854 Economics education in the secondary years B
English as an Additional Language (EAL)

A minor sequence in linguistics

or a second language (ie not the teacher's first language) together with teaching methodology which covers TESOL principles and approaches for a range of educational contexts, including factors affecting the development of language proficiency, and assessment procedures to facilitate appropriate placement of students with EAL needs

EDF4855 English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years A EDF4856 English as an additional language (EAL) education in the secondary years B
English A minor sequence in English Literature or Literary Studies, or a minor sequence in Writing, English Language Studies or Linguistics together with a part in English Literature or Literary Studies EDF4857 English education in the secondary years A EDF4858 English education in the secondary years B
General science A minor sequence in general science which includes at least two of biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology and physics
OR
A minor sequence in biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology and physics together with a part in another of these areas
EDF4859 General science education in the secondary years A EDF4860 General science education in the secondary years B
Geography A minor sequence in geography EDF4861 Geography education in the secondary years A EDF4862 Geography education in the secondary years B
Health A minor sequence in health studies covering Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition EDF4863 Health education in the secondary years A EDF4864 Health education in the secondary years B
History A minor sequence in history EDF4865 History education in the secondary years A EDF4866 History education in the secondary years B
Information and Communication Technology A minor sequence in computer studies or information technology EDF4867 Information and communication technology education in the secondary years A EDF4868 Information and communication technology education in the secondary years B
Jewish Studies A minor sequence in Jewish Studies within a tertiary degree or equivalent EDF4869 Jewish studies education in the secondary years A EDF4870 Jewish studies education in the secondary years B
Languages Other Than English - LOTE (Single and Double specialism) A major sequence (Post Year 12) in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Japanese or Korean plus proficiency in spoken and written language. Native speakers of the language must seek a statement of equivalence from a Victorian University, to verify that they meet the standard of a ‘post year 12 major study' EDF4871 Languages education in the secondary years 1A
EDF4873 Languages education in the secondary years 2A
EDF4872 Languages education in the secondary years 1B
EDF4874 Languages education in the secondary years 2B
Legal Studies A minor sequence in Legal Studies EDF4875 Legal studies education in the secondary years A EDF4876 Legal studies education in the secondary years B
Mathematics A minor sequence in mathematics. (Statistics is acceptable provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department) EDF4877 Mathematics education in the secondary years A EDF4878 Mathematics education in the secondary years B
Media Studies
(Only available to GradDipEd and MTeach students)
A minor sequence in media studies, film or journalism EDF4879 Media education in the secondary years A EDF4880 Media education in the secondary years B
Music (Single and Double specialism) A major sequence in music and appropriate practical skills (equivalent to AMEB Grade VI). Music 2 can only be taken in conjunction with Music 1. EDF4881 Music education in the secondary years 1A
EDF4883 Music education in the secondary years 2A
EDF4882 Music education in the secondary years 1B
EDF4884 Music education in the secondary years 2B
Outdoor Education One year of study in Outdoor Education, which includes environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities EDF4885 Outdoor education in the secondary years A EDF4886 Outdoor education in the secondary years B
Physical Education One and a half years of study in appropriate Physical Education discipline and skill areas EDF4887 Physical education in the secondary years A EDF4888 Physical education in the secondary years B
Physics A minor sequence in physics EDF4889 Physics education in the secondary years A EDF4890 Physics education in the secondary years B
Psychology
(Not available to Graduate entry teaching students)
A minor sequence in psychology or behaviour studies EDF4891 Psychology education in the secondary years A EDF4892 Psychology education in the secondary years B
Social Education A minor sequence in social science, eg Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History , Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology together with a part in another of these areas of study EDF4893 Social education in the secondary years A EDF4894 Social education in the secondary years B
Visual Arts (Single and Double specialism) A major study in relevant area(s) of Visual Arts (eg, photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, multimedia) which includes at least one quarter of a year of practical Arts content. Visual Arts 2 can only be taken in conjunction with Visual Arts 1 EDF4895 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1A
EDF4897 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 2A
EDF4896 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1B
EDF4838 Visual art and design education in the secondary years 2B

Legend of the terms:

  • Part: Successful tertiary study in a subject having the weighting of at least one quarter of a year of full-time study in the course from which it is derived.
  • Minor Sequence: A total of half a year of successful full-time tertiary study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years, e.g. a part in each of the first and second years of tertiary study, or equivalent study.
  • Major: A total of three-quarters of a year of successful full-time tertiary study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years, e.g. a part in each of the first, second and third years of tertiary study, or equivalent study.
  • One year of study: One year equivalent full time tertiary study.