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Primary School Teacher

Engage children with the learning process to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and foster social, physical and emotional growth.

What's it like to be a Primary School Teacher?

Primary School Teachers educate children between the ages of 5 and 12. They use a prescribed curriculum to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills, and foster social, physical and emotional growth.

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Subject areas within the curriculum include mathematics, English, science, technology, humanities and social science, arts, health and physical education.

Primary School Teachers use a variety of techniques to engage students with the learning process according to their age, level of ability and individual needs.

What can I earn as a Primary School Teacher?

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Primary School Teacher roles in Australia were typically advertised between $80k and $100k in the last 3 months.
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How to become a Primary School Teacher


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The minimum education requirement for becoming a Primary School Teacher is a Bachelor degree which typically takes 4 years. On completion of your studies, you must apply for your teaching registration to become a fully qualified teacher.

  1. Complete a degree in Primary Education, such as a Bachelor of Education (Primary), which will provide you with the knowledge needed to teach a full range of subjects and understand and engage students. You will also gain valuable experience through scheduled work placements.
  2. If you already have a Bachelor degree in another discipline then a postgraduate degree such as a Master of Teaching specialising in Primary Education is a good option. These degrees will also give you valuable work experience.
  3. To become a qualified teacher and find work in a school, you must be registered with your state’s Teacher Registration Authority. For more information on the specific requirements for registration please see your relevant state authority.

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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a Teacher in Primary Schools.

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Master of Teaching (Primary)

If you have already completed any undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a primary teacher.

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary)

This qualification will prepare you to apply for roles as either a Early Childhood or Primary School Teacher.

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How do Primary School Teachers rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 43 Primary School Teachers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.2
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
4.2

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Latest Primary School Teacher reviews

Latest reviews from 43 Primary School Teachers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Teaching is an extremely important job, nurturing the next generation but the pressure and and expectations are make it neatly impossible to do your job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education (Prepatory - Year 12)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Primary
The good things
The data keeping expectation, high level of asd, adhd , add and special needs students means that you have little time to plan and teach innovative lessons. I spend most of my free lessons managing th...
The challenges
Lack of time and physical support. Growing expectations and special needs of children to be met. Crowded curriculum, no time
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May 2021
Special education isn’t for everyone but I am so thankful I stuck with it and have my dream job
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Special Education
The good things
Rewarding being able to make a positive impact on the lives of students and their classroom teachers
The challenges
Working along side a senior lead teacher, sometimes being talked down to, not appreciated for your own abilities and skills
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