Teacher entry

Selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses 

New entry requirements

From 2018, applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must meet academic and non-academic entry requirements

Academic entry requirements include subject prerequisites and OP/rank cut-offs. You can find academic entry requirements for each course in Course Search.

You can meet academic entry requirements through:

  • senior secondary (Year 12) results
  • successful prior study at university or VET level
  • successful completion of relevant professional qualifications
  • approved admissions tests.

Contact the relevant institution for more information on what qualifications are accepted for entry to initial teacher education courses.

To meet the non-academic entry requirements, you must write a 1000-word personal statement that demonstrates Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies.

In your personal statement, you must address two categories that show your understanding of and motivations for studying the course. 

Category 1: Interest in teaching and children/young people

Write approximately 500 words/one page about your motivation and suitability for teaching.

Consider the following points in drafting your response:

  • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher? 
  • Why is teaching a good career choice?
  • Why are you interested in teaching children/young people?
  • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why?
  • What does being a good teacher mean?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities

Write approximately 500 words/one page about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate abilities such as:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Conscientiousness
  • Resilience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organisation and planning skills

You could describe examples from your:

  • School experience
    • Co-curricular participation (e.g. arts, sports, debating, social justice) 
    • Projects (e.g. curriculum projects, science fairs)
    • Leadership experiences (e.g. student leadership  positions, arts, sports)
    • Support of other learners (e.g. peer mentoring, coaching, buddy programs)
  • Work experience
    • Employment history and roles  
    • Employment involving children or young people
    • Work-based training undertaken
    • Work-based training provided 
  • Volunteer and community experience
    • Volunteer or community experience (e.g. community groups, parish/church groups, cadets, lifesaving, fundraising, clubs) 
    • Community learning and training experiences (e.g. guides, scouts, Duke of Edinburgh, St John's)
  • Personal talents, interests and abilities
  • Elite performance (e.g. athletic, creative arts, other areas)
  • Disadvantage that you have overcome 
    • Social, cultural or economic
    • Geographical – remote and rural
    • Personal and health 

Consider the following points in drafting your response:

  • What learning activities have I been engaged in? 
  • What leadership activities have I undertaken?
  • What activities of personal interest am I involved in?  How long have I participated? How am I involved?
  • What tasks or events have I planned and/or organised?
  • How have I shown that I can work with others?
  • What do I do to overcome obstacles, challenges or problems?

I found it [the statement] pretty easy because teaching is something I really want to do...it just came to me” — Tahlia, teaching applicant.

Example statements

Example Statement 1 (PDF 258.2KB)

Example Statment 2 (PDF 329.2KB)

Submitting your statement

You can upload your personal statement to your QTAC application by logging in to Application Services.

Visit key dates and fees for information on documentation due dates.

If you are applying for more than one initial teacher education course through QTAC, you only need to submit one personal statement.

Deferred students 

If you have already accepted a place in an ITE program and have deferred your study, you do not need to submit a personal statement.  

Page last updated: 31 Oct 2017