Learning area eligibility

Candidates must have already completed (or be on track to successfully complete) a major study in at least one of the learning areas based on your tertiary studies to be eligible for the program.

What is a learning area?

Learning areas are subjects which are in demand for Associate teaching placements. Our university partner, ACU, offers training and support in these subject areas. Applicants determine the learning area(s) they are eligible for by analysing their university transcript(s) to understand where a course of study taken at university aligns.

You must be eligible for at least two learning areas to apply for the Leadership Development Program. If you do not have at least one major study in one of these areas, you are not eligible to apply.

Please note that the course list below is not exhaustive; if you have the equivalent of a university major in one of these learning areas based on your course content, then we would encourage you to apply.

For applicants with current teaching employment at a Teach For Australia partner school, please contact apply@teachforaustralia.org to determine if you are exempt from the learning area acceptance requirements.

Are you ineligible based on your learning areas? Are they closed or not there?

Here are some steps you can take over the coming months to make an application in 2019:

  • Consider additional study: We would recommend Open University or similar institutions, as they offer a number of courses without having to enrol in a complete degree. Please use the definitions of Major and Minor found at the bottom of the page to help you decide what subjects to enrol in and at what year level.
  • Consider how you can be most useful to our school partners: Historically, breadth in learning areas combined with placement flexibility is the best way to secure a placement with a partner school. Mathematics and English and general Sciences are amongst the highest in demand learning areas.
  • Consider how you can be comfortable teach the content of these learning areas from Years 7 to 12.

Learning area status

Learning area Associated courses of study Status
Accounting Major or minor study in Accounting. Closed
Art Major or minor study in relevant area(s) of Art which includes at least one quarter of a year of practical Art content.

Includes the areas of Art, Craft, Computer-generated Art, Sculpture, Photography, and recognising expertise in materials such as pottery, ceramics, textiles, wood and metal.

Closing July 21
Biology Major or minor study in Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology (may include Nursing) Open
Business Management Major or minor study in Business Management. Closed
Chemistry Major or minor study in Chemistry (includes Biochemistry, Pharmacology) Open
Commerce and Business Studies Any combination of 1 major area and 1 minor study of the following: Accounting, Business Management (may include Finance), Data Processing, Economics, Human Resource Management, Legal Studies, Marketing Closed
Dance Major or minor study in Dance or Performance Studies (Dance). Closing July 21
Drama Major or minor study in Drama, Performance Studies (Drama) or Theatre Studies (including practical Drama) Closing July 21
Economics Major or minor study in Economics. Closing July 21
Engineering (Physics) Major or minor study in Engineering (includes Electronics) Open
English – Major or minor study in English (Literature or Literary Studies); or
– major or minor study in Writing, English Language Studies or Linguistics together with a part in English (Literature or Literary Studies)
Open
English as a second language (TESOL) – Major or minor study in Linguistics; or
– a second language (i.e. not your first language);
– or major or minor university studies in TESOL
Closing July 21
Environmental Science Major or minor study in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Open
Environmental Studies Major or minor study in Environmental Studies. Closing July 21
Geography Major or minor study in Geography Closing July 21
Geology/Earth Science Major or minor study in Geology/Earth Science. Open
Health Major or minor study covering the areas of Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition (includes Nursing) Closing July 21
History Major or minor study in History Closing July 21
Information Technology Major or minor study in Information Technology​ or Coding Open
Legal Studies Major or minor study in Legal Studies. Closing July 21
LOTE: Chinese (Mandarin); French; German; Indonesian; Italian; Spanish; Japanese Major study in the language

Note: Native speakers of the language may seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university to verify that their knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a major level study in the language

Closing July 21
Mathematics Major or minor study in Mathematics (Statistics is accepted as Mathematics provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department)

Applicants with Business/Commerce backgrounds, who have completed studies in Mathematics and Business Statistics, may also be eligible for Mathematics.

Eligible applicants from Business/Commerce backgrounds, wishing to qualify for Mathematics, must satisfy the following:
– Completed 2 or more MATH coded units; and
– completed 2 or more units at second year level or higher in Mathematics/Econometrics/Statistics/Modelling, with a total of at least 5 of these units across their study; and
– would feel comfortable teaching the Mathematics content of all secondary Mathematics subjects, including Specialist Mathematics. (Please check here for what content that includes.)

Open
Media Studies Major or minor study in Media Studies Closing July 21
Music – Major study in Music which includes Practical Music; or
– major study in Music together with AMEB Grade VI or Year 12 Practical Music; or
– major study in Music which includes Practical Music specialising in one or more musical instruments
Closing July 21
Outdoor Education Major in Outdoor Education (including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities). Closing July 21
Physical Education Major or minor study in Physical Education. Closing July 21
Physics Major or minor study in Physics (including Engineering) or Electronics Open
Politics (including International Relations) Major or minor study in Politics. Closing July 21
Science – Major or minor study in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science (Geology), Environmental Science or Physics (including Engineering)
– together with a part in another one of these areas of study
Open
Studies Of Society And Environment (SOSE)/Humanities Major or minor study in one of the following: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology Closing July 21
Visual Arts Major or minor study in Visual Arts including Art Theory/History and a major study in a Practical Studio area Closing July 21

Definition of terms

Learning area: Our university partner offers training and support in subject areas that are in demand for Associate teaching placements. Applicants determine the learning area(s) they are eligible for by analysing their university transcript(s) to understand where a course of study taken at university aligns.

One year of study: In most Australian university courses, this is eight units taken at a full-time load.

Major study: A total of three quarters of a year of successful full-time university study (or part-time equivalent), usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years. In most Australian courses, this equates to six units, with two or more units at second year level, and no less than two at a third year level.

Minor study: A total of half a year of successful full-time university study (or part time equivalent), usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. In most Australian courses, this equates to four units, with no less than two at a second year level.

Part: A total of one quarter of a year of successful full-time university study (or part time equivalent). In most Australian courses, this equates to two units.