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Science Teacher

Teach science to students (usually between 12-18 years) in the secondary school system.

What's it like to be a Science Teacher?

Science Teachers are qualified school teachers who have specialised in teaching science to students (typically aged 12 – 18 years) in the secondary school system.

Science Teacher

Tasks and duties

  • Meet state curriculum requirements by teaching students in secondary school classes science content and subject matter by using a variety of materials and catering for students with varying learning styles and capabilities.
  • Use innovative and contemporary teaching methods to maximise students’ learning outcomes and support them to develop successful learning and study habits.
  • Use a variety of assessment tasks to evaluate, record and report on students’ development, learning and progress with regard to their science skills, knowledge and achievement.
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Science Teachers need to be confident teaching mixed ability classes and in differentiating the science curriculum in the classroom.

Science Teachers are usually required to attend staff meetings, parent-teacher interviews and supervise extra curricular activities as required out of school hours.

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How to become a Science Teacher


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To become a secondary teacher specialising in science in Australia, you’ll need a relevant tertiary degree. These are typically four-year courses, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index and relevant prerequisites.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of education. This is usually a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Ensure that the course has Initial Teacher Education (ITE) approval. Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications who have a major and minor in at least two curriculum areas recognised by Australian schools, complete a two-year Master of Teaching (Secondary).
  2. Before being able to work as a Science teacher, you need to lodge an application for teacher registration in your state. It is also recommended you join the Australian Science Teachers Association.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for school science teachers, such as becoming a leading teacher, science coordinator/head of science.

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Bachelor of Science

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How do Science Teachers rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 30 Science Teachers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.4
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.7

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Projected job growth

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Latest Science Teacher reviews

Latest reviews from 27 Science Teachers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Teaching is changing, more work and less appreciation, only the dedicated need apply!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
High School Science
The good things
I enjoy science personally and really get joy from transmitting accurate and detailed understanding about our world and universe to young people.
The challenges
The main challenge is unrealistic expectations from administrators of what is possible and uncooperative students and parents who are a genuine barrier to effective learning actually occuring.
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Oct 2018
Science teaching can have a decent work-life balance but is not overly rewarding and can be frustrating, especially the politics and lack of support involved in schools.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Biology
The good things
It has a good work- life balance when you have been doing the job a long time.
The challenges
In my role you are required to do many tasks that are meaningless to the job.
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