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Learning areas

Learning areas are the subjects you are qualified to teach. Check this page to see if your learning areas are currently open for applications.

Requirements

To be eligible for the Leadership Development Program, candidates must be able to enrol in at least two* learning areas

We are committed to placing subject specialists in classrooms that need them. However placement within a school depends on both school demand as well as what you are qualified to teach, known as your learning areas.

The learning areas you’re eligible to enrol in depend on your prior academic study and on your placement jurisdiction. During the selection process, Teach For Australia will assess your transcripts to determine your possible enrolment areas.

*In most cases, you will need to be eligible for two learning areas, but for some subjects you only need one. Please refer to the table below.


Learning areas

Find out if your learning area(s) are currently open for applications

Learning areas close as accepted candidates fill our quotas within each learning area. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure we are still accepting applications for your learning area.

Learning Area Status Requirements
Biology Closed Major or Minor study in Biology. Includes genetics, human biology, microbiology, botany, and zoology.
Business Management Closed Major or Minor study in Business Management. Usually does not include pure human resources management or marketing degrees; does not include project management degrees.
Chemistry Closed Major in Minor in Chemistry. Includes biochemistry.
Drama Closed Major or Minor in Drama, Performance Studies (Drama) or Theatre Studies (including practical Drama).
Earth Science Closed Major or Minor in Earth Science. Includes geology.
Economics Closed Major or Minor in Economics.
English Literature* Closed Major or Minor in English; must have at least two units of English Literature. May include some media or writing.
Environmental Science Closed Major or Minor in Environmental Science. Includes areas such as: environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resource management, environmental management, biological sciences, chemistry, geography, and earth science.
Geography Closed Major or Minor in Geography
Health Closed Major or Minor study with subjects covering:
· Health
· Human Development
· Family and Health
· Nutrition
History Closed Major or Minor study in History. Does not include Art History.
ICT & Digital Technology Closed Major or Minor in Information Technology. Must include units in coding.
Languages other than English Closed Major in the language. We currently are able to place the following languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

Native speakers of the language may seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university.

Legal Studies Closed Major or Minor in Legal Studies.

Does not include criminology.

Maths* (Including Engineering) Closed Major or Minor study in Mathematics; can include engineering.
Media Closed Major or Minor study in Media Studies.

Can include Journalism and Communications units.

Music* Closed Major study in Music which includes Practical Music.
Outdoor Education Closed Major in Outdoor Education (including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities).

A current first aid certificate is required.

Physical Education Closed Major study in Physical Education.

Units must include:
· Human Development, Nutrition, or Health
· Current First Aid certificate
· Current AusSwim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Certificate
· Proof of Skills acquisition: fundamental motor skills, ball handling, dance, games, fitness education, athletics, aquatics, sport education

Physics Closed Major or Minor in Physics; includes electronics and some engineering.
Politics Closed Major or Minor study in Politics.
Psychology Closed Major or Minor study in Psychology.
TESOL Closed Major or Minor in EITHER Linguistics OR second language OR appropriate TESOL Studies.
Visual Arts* Closed Major in relevant area(s) of Art which includes at least 25% practical Art units.

*For subjects marked with an asterisk, your major and your minor can be from the same learning area.

Definitions

Major:

A total of ¾ of a year of full-time university study (or part-time equivalent). In most Australian courses, this equates to six units. You must also have two or more units at second-year level and at least two at a third-year level.

Minor:

A half-year of full-time university study (or part-time equivalent). In most Australian courses, this equates to four units. You must have at least two units at a second-year level.