Turn to Teaching Internship Program


​​​​Applications for the 2024 intake have now closed. If you would like to be alerted about future rounds of the program, please ​register your interest.

Program information

If you are looking for a career change and have decided to become a teacher, the Turn to Teaching Internship Program (TTT Program) is a 2-year program which will help you get into the classroom in 12 months and will provide you with:

  • financial support while you study an eligible Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program
  • a paid teaching internship with support in the classroom while you gain professional experience
  • a permanent teaching position in a Queensland state school following completion of your studies
  • the opportunity to start making a difference in the lives of young Queenslanders sooner than most teacher preparation pathways.
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'The Turn to Teaching Internship Program is great for those looking to change careers into the teaching profession.'

Novi Ong
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'After a lot of thought into changing careers, the Turn to Teaching Internship Program was the final push I needed to jump into my teaching career.'

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'The Turn to Teaching Internship Program has been overwhelmingly positive in my transition into education.'

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We are committed to selecting a diverse group of aspiring teachers for the TTT Program to reflect the Queensland communities we serve.

To be eligible for the TTT Program, you must have an undergraduate degree (minimum 3-year Bachelor) in a field other than education/teaching and meet the requirements of 1 of the following categories:

  • Individuals who have not previously commenced an ITE program and are
    • eligible to enrol in and commence an approved ITE program (e.g. Master of Teaching) in Semester/Trimester 1 2024, at a partnering Higher Education Institution (HEI).
  • Individuals that have previously commenced but not completed an ITE program as follows
    • individuals who have commenced an ITE program and are not eligible for recognition of prior learning from a partnering HEI (usually commenced ITE program 10+ years prior)
    • individuals who have recently completed a maximum of 2 courses/units only (maximum 24 credit points) of an ITE program (e.g. Master of Teaching) with a partnering HEI and are eligible to continue enrolment or qualify for re-enrol for commencement in Semester/Trimester 1 2024 (please note that current academic transcript must be included in your application).

Eligible applicants must also:

* Those who specialise in other subject areas not listed above may apply for the Turn to Teaching Internship Program, however, when applications exceed the number of available places preference will be given to those who will be able to teach the priority subject / curriculum areas. Please note: The priority subject / curriculum areas listed are subject to change, depending on the department's workforce needs.

** Priority geographic locations means Queensland state schools in Local Government Areas other than Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Noosa Shire Council, and Sunshine Coast City Council.

Program benefits

Successful applicants will receive the following.

Year 1—scholarship year: full-time study (including any relevant professional experience [PEx]) with a partnering higher education institution

  • $20,000 (taxed)^ scholarship payment—the scholarship will be paid in four lump sum instalments of $5,000 (before tax) across the year of study.

Year 2—internship year: part-time study (including final-year PEx) and a 50% teaching load (25 hours per fortnight) in a Queensland state school

  • A paid teaching internship (paid at full-time rate) with a fortnightly salary starting at $2,759.20 (before tax and other deductions).
  • Reduced teaching load (50% teaching load / 25 hours per fortnight) to allow for study and course work.
  • Access to the benefits of a full-time teacher.
  • Payment of the permission to teach fee to the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).
  • Access to rural and remote benefits if the internship is in a state school with a transfer rating (TR) of 4–7.
  • One-year credit of minimum service commitment for TTT Program purposes.
  • Mentoring, support and access to a TTT intern Community of Practice (TTT CoP) to share experiences.

^ All payments are taxed and will impact the take home pay in the fortnight which it is paid (this includes additional contributions to tax e.g. HECS/HELP). It is recommended that recipients obtain financial advice from a financial advisor, Centrelink and/or the Australian Taxation Office for any implications this may have on current and future earnings/taxable income/benefits received.

Helpful documents

For further information please refer to:

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How to apply

Applications for the 2024 intake are now closed. If you would like to be alerted about future rounds of the program, please register your interest.

Register your interest


If you require more information after reading the attached fact sheet and FAQs, please contact the Turn to Teaching team, Department of Education by email​

Last updated 07 March 2024