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How to become a Teacher

Teachers are responsible for educating students at various different levels of development. Teachers can work at early childhood, primary or secondary level. Not just responsible for academic growth, Teachers also help children to grow socially, emotionally, and mentally.

If you are patient and resilient, have excellent communication skills, and want to make a difference in young peoples’ lives, Teaching could be a great career to consider.


About you:


  • Emotionally resilient
  • Excellent communicator
  • Patient and kind
  • Great problem solver
  • Fantastic people skills
  • Organised and efficient
  • Critical thinker
  • Can work in teams and independently


The job:


  • Preparing lessons that align with curriculum
  • Teaching across a wide variety of subjects
  • Supervising children in and outside the classroom
  • Implementing behaviour management strategies
  • Writing and marking assessment tasks
  • Nurturing students’ social, mental and emotional growth
  • Meeting with parents and carers to discuss progress
  • Helping organise extra-curricular activities


Lifestyle Impact: Moderate


  • Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 30% of Teachers work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 46 hours a week, which is slightly above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Teachers’ salary (average) $75,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Moderate (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be spending most of your time indoors in the classroom, but may also teach outdoor classes and lead excursions. While you may get lots of paid holidays, you will also spend time working before and after school hours as well.


Teachers are most in demand in these locations:


This is a large occupation, with around 317,200 people working as Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia in 2020 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). Demand is spread evenly across Australia. Most Teachers work in the Education and Training industry.

There is often a need for teachers to work in rural and remote locations, so you might be able to find better job security if you are willing to move.


How to become a Teacher in Australia


You will need to complete your Initial Teacher Education (ITE), usually a Bachelor of Education, and pass a variety of other checks before you can work as a Teacher in Australia.


Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English, Maths and any other special interest subjects.


Step 2 – Complete a Bachelor of Education, majoring in the level you would like to teach (Early Childhood, Primary, or Secondary).


Step 3 – As part of your studies you will most likely need to complete a set amount of practical experience.


Step 4 – Successfully obtain a Working with Children check and pass a criminal history check. You may also need First Aid qualifications.


Step 5 – Register with your State or Territory’s relevant Education Standards Board or Authority.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do Teachers do?


Teachers are responsible for fostering academic, social, and emotional growth in children of all ages.


Which industries employ Teachers?


Teachers are mostly employed in the Education and Training Industry.


What options are there for career progression?


As your experience increases as a Teacher, so will your pay. Secondary School Teachers in particular might like to teach a specialist subject, such as Maths, Art, or Physical Education. You might like to consider working as Head of Department, Assistant to the Principal, or one day even becoming a Principal.


Do I need to go to university to become a Teacher?


Yes, you will need to complete Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to work as a Teacher in Australia, usually in the form of a Bachelor of Education.


Where do Teachers work?


There is even demand for Teachers spread across Australia. There is often a shortage of Teachers in regional and rural areas, so there is lots of opportunity for work in these areas.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Teacher?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Teacher is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Find work experience at a school, day care centre, or anywhere you might be able to work with children and start developing important skills.
  2. Offer to tutor a little sibling or friend and see if you can help them improve. Get them to give you feedback on your teaching style.
  3. See if you can talk to a Teacher or watch videos and find out what a day in their life is like.

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