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Secondary School Teacher

Promote the academic development and general wellbeing of young people.

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

Secondary School Teachers (also called Secondary Teachers) promote the academic progress and general wellbeing of young people (typically aged 12 – 18 years) in the high school system.

Secondary School Teacher

Tasks and duties

  • Developing lesson plans to teach particular content in specific subjects.
  • Teaching secondary school students content and subject matter that meets state curriculum requirements by using a variety of materials.
  • Assessing, recording and reporting on students’ development, learning and progress.
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Secondary School Teachers usually elect subject area specialisations and teach one or two subjects.

Secondary School teachers may be required to work outside of school hours, to attend school camps, supervise extra curricular activities and conduct parent-teacher interviews.

What can I earn as a Secondary School Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Secondary School Teacher is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Secondary School Teacher


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To become a teacher 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. The courses provide a blend of theory and practical teaching experience.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of education. This is typically a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). 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 secondary teacher, you need to lodge an application for teacher registration in your state.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for secondary school teachers, such as becoming a special education teacher, leading teacher, assistant principal or principal.

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

This qualification provides skills and knowledge to prepare for a career as a Secondary School Teacher.

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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

If you have already completed any undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a Secondary School Teacher.

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How do Secondary School Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Secondary School Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.1
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
4.0

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Feb 2020
Teaching isn't an easy job but those who be teachers are gifted!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Education
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
History Education
The good things
Being a secondary school teacher gives you the ability to ignite and be a change factor to every secondary school students' life. Secondary school students are teenagers who go through a lot of chang...
The challenges
The most important challenge as a secondary school teacher is to keep up your passion on all the time. Love the job and do your task as per the your job description. Committed and don't hesitate to ...
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Jun 2018
Teaching at a secondary school is enriching and fulfilling despite the odds.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma In Education-Secondary School
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
English/Business Studies
The good things
Teaching is good as you know that you are nurturing young minds to become better in life.As each day begins the bright eyes of the students are looking forward to learn something new in their subject ...
The challenges
Like every other job,teaching has its own challenges.At secondary school one deals with adolescents who can be a pain in the neck sometimes as they go through the storm and stress of growing up,which ...
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What are the job opportunities for Secondary School Teachers?

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