Gain a fully funded graduate certificate in maths or science

​Apply for the Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative from 2 August. Information sessions are also coming up

The second intake of the Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI) will be open for expressions of interest from Monday 2 August.

The SMSI gives up to 100 out-of-field maths and science teachers in years 7 to 10 an opportunity to become in-field teachers by 2023.

Fifty places will be reserved for regional and rural participants, with travel and accommodation subsidies of up to $320 per day provided.

The department will assess expressions of interest as they are received, so that schools have time to adjust school timetabling and resource allocation for 2022. Expressions of interest are anticipated to close Thursday 30 September.

Information sessions

Teachers interested in the SMSI and their principals should attend one of the upcoming two information sessions on Wednesday 11 August and Thursday 12 August.

Attendees will gain a deep understanding of course expectations, as well as what participants and their schools will gain by participating in the SMSI.

To register, select the relevant session below.

What is the SMSI?

The SMSI is designed for teachers who have been teaching out-of-field (without a formal teaching-method qualification) for between one and five years.

The nine-month course involves 16 face-to-face days held in central Melbourne and three virtual workshops per term, held after school hours.

Participants will gain a graduate certificate in either mathematics or science through Deakin University. Credit points from the graduate certificates can be put towards a Master of Education.

The SMSI fully funds the postgraduate qualifications, with no cost to participating teachers or schools. Travel and accommodation subsidies are available for eligible rural and regional participants to attend the face-to-face components.

Schools will also receive funding through the Student Resource Package, equivalent to 20 per cent of a 2.6 classroom teacher salary (approximately $25,000) for each participating teacher.

Schools can use this funding to support participating teachers to attend face-to-face course days and engage with course requirements and assessments.

The second intake of the SMSI has been designed in consultation with teachers and principals to meet the needs of secondary schools, teachers, and students. Changes aim to minimise disruption to classes during school terms. 

Find out more

For more information and to register, refer to the SMSI web page.

For further enquires, contact the SMSI team by email: smsi@education.vic.gov.au