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Swinburne's STARS Program

Swinburne STARS in Victorian Schools

The Swinburne Teachers and Regional (remote and low socioeconomic) Schools (STARS) is a program for pre-service teachers as part of the Access Quality Teaching Initiative, funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. This program provides valuable experience to students studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary)Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary).

The STARS program places pre-service teachers in professional experience placements in regional, remote and/or lower socio-educational advantage schools in Victoria, giving access to particular educational communities and development opportunities on their path to becoming a teacher.

Enhance your teaching skills

As part of the STARS program, you will:

  • Be part of a community with other pre-service teachers, schools and education experts.
  • Be supported while learning around different communities, people, cultures and identities.
  • Develop strong teaching skills to inform and support you in the classroom, including a focus on trauma-informed pedagogy. You will undertake an adaptable curriculum and simulated VR classroom practice experiences to support and develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Have an academic mentor and school mentor who will support you throughout the program, especially during professional experience placements.
  • Have access to unique graduate opportunities for employment.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for the STARS program consists of academic performance and non-academic attributes. This provides a well-rounded assessment that supports excellent teaching and encourages development of the AITSL professional standards.

The STARS program has rigorous and culturally responsive selection criteria. Non-academic attributes are highly regarded to help build long-term teacher self-efficacy, which leads to stronger capabilities for teaching in regional, remote and low socioeconomic schools.

Successful applicants will express empathy, commitment and strong communication skills.

Application process

Pre-service teachers based in Victoria who are continuing students in the eligible courses will receive an email from us outlining how to provide your application to us.

In your application, please address and provide:

  • Demonstration of Credit or above performance in by providing your academic transcript, showing:

Units of study:

  • Undergraduate: EDU10005 and EDU10004
  • Postgraduate: EDU60017 and EDU80012


  • Evidence of a credit or above average in all units completed so far


  • Evidence of improvement in grades over progression of units


  • No units have been failed in the Initial Teacher Education program.


Successful completion of professional experience units to date is required.

Provide your mentor reports from your prior placements.


Provide your LANTITE ACER test results showing your successful completion of both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) test.

Along with this documentation, please include: Two-to-three-minute video on teaching philosophy and commitment to regional, remote and low socioeconomic communities. Please submit as an attached file, or a shared link to a file (this could be a private YouTube link, or cloud folder storage platform, for example).

Skills assessed: Communication, empathy and commitment.

  • Students can also submit an optional reference letter as part of their application.

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