How to become a teacher

Teachers work in primary schools, high schools, universities and special education schools to provide students with training and general assistance to help them to achieve their educational goals and career goals. There is a range of specialisations for teachers to focus on in Australia, from specific subjects, age groups and more.

In Australia, it is required that teachers hold relevant tertiary degrees.

What does a teacher do?

No matter where a teacher is employed, they are responsible for sustaining a happy, learning-focused and safe environment for their students to learn in. All teachers should be able to aptly support all pupils with their learning and encourage all of the different types of learning styles.

Each teacher’s specific tasks and daily duties are different, as there is a range of different workplaces for teachers that extend from early childhood learning, secondary teachers to university classes. Overall though, it can normally be expected that a teacher is responsible for creating learning syllabuses, monitor class and student performance and provide general feedback.

Task Outline

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Monitoring student performance
  • Creating teaching materials
  • Developing an environment to foster learning
  • Provide students access to learning resources

What are the educational Requirements?

In Australia, to become a teacher you need to have a tertiary degree. Depending on the specialisation or level of teaching you may also need a masters degree or second degree in that field of teaching for you to be considered fit enough to work in that role.

Teachers are required to have a few standout skills in order for them to effectively teach students and empower them to learn. University and tertiary degrees will outline and provide assistance for learning these skills.

Skills Required

  • A respectful nature
  • Patience
  • Be a caring and nurturing person
  • Highly organised
  • Adaptable personality
  • Leadership qualities

Courses recommended include:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Education Support

Employment and outlook

After successfully graduating a relevant teaching or education degree, and gaining the relevant and required work experience you then be prepared to begin your career as a teacher, working either in early learning, primary school, high school or higher education.

Most teachers begin a teaching assistant or substitute teacher to build their experience and industry knowledge to climb the ladder. Almost all schools, both public and private, hire a number of substitute staff and teaching assistants, which means it is easier to begin as one of those.

As teaching is a far-reaching industry, you will have countless pathways and opportunities to go down within Australia and around the world. There are currently more than 42,000 job openings in teaching in Australia and the average salary for a job in education of $62,100 per year.

More than 280,000 teachers are employed in Australia across 9,444 schools and there is projected annual growth of 15% over the next 5 years.

Once qualified, you also have the option of applying your skills online as instructor in your chosen course. You can use your teaching skills in any number of ways to instruct students remotely over the internet – using either written courses or video conferencing software. An online learning platform such as Udemy provides you with the opportunity to utilise your training a qualified teacher, while at the same time having the flexibility to work online when and where you like.

Career Outcomes Include

  • Community Workers
  • Education Support
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Education Officer
  • Primary School Teachers
  • High School Teachers

Start Your Career

Your first step towards becoming a teacher is obtaining the relevant industry-required degrees for your field. That could be a Bachelor of Education or a Certificate in Education Support. Once you’ve got those, you’re ready to begin your career as a teacher.

After you build up the more basic work experience requirements and have worked as a teacher for a while and wish to advance in the career, you can undertake master or graduate degrees to further develop your skills and give you the opportunity to specialise in your field.

There are a number of industry organisations within education you can use for resources and assistance. Check out the links below for more information.


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