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Teacher

Make a real difference and shape futures with a rewarding career in the classroom.

What's it like to be a Teacher?

A Teacher is responsible for educating students at varying levels, and preparing lesson plans that teach to a curriculum. They can work in either early childhood, primary or secondary school environments, depending on their training and interests.

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Tasks and duties

  • Preparing lesson plans in accordance with the set curriculum.
  • For Primary School Teachers, educating children across a wide variety of subjects.
  • For Secondary School Teachers, educating children more deeply in one or two specialist subject areas.
  • Supervising students in class, in buildings and on the playground.
  • Developing children’s abilities and interests.
  • Nurturing children’s mental, emotional and relational health.
  • Setting tests and exams, and conducting testing.
  • Meeting with parents, family and guardians to discuss children’s progress, abilities, areas for further development and interpersonal relational styles.
  • Helping to organise, and attending and facilitating school carnivals, fetes, sports days, musicals, after-school sports and excursions.
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Teaching is generally suited to people who enjoy working with children and are passionate about fostering the academic and emotional growth of developing minds. It’s vital to be a strong communicator and well-organised in order to keep on top of the demands of the role—but it’s also a career that calls for a sense of fun and creativity.

What can I earn as a Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Teacher is between $75k and $85k
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How to become a Teacher


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To work as a Teacher, you’ll need to hold a degree or post-graduate level qualification in teaching. The course you’ll complete will depend on the age group of children you want to teach, or whether you want to specialise in a particular area.

  1. Early Childhood Teachers are qualified to implement plans and teach children aged 4-8 years. They are heavily focused on children’s coordination, creativity and social skills. A Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) is required.
  2. Primary School Teachers are qualified to implement plans and teach children aged 5-12. They tend to teach broadly and are heavily focused on embedding the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic for higher learning. A Bachelor of Education (Primary) will usually take 4 years full-time.
  3. High School (Secondary) Teachers may specialise in a subject area such as English and History, or Maths and Physics. A Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will also take 4 years to complete full-time.
  4. If you want to teach in public schools, you’ll need to get an approval during your course to be able to go straight into a job. Make sure to check your state or territory’s education department regulations to register as a Teacher.

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Bachelor of Education

This degree will prepare you for a career as a teacher in a specific age range, depending on the specialisation chosen.
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Bachelor of Music

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How do Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 13 Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.4

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Dec 2019
On teaching mathematics
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mathematics
The good things
Mathematics is a beautiful subject, and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to share this subject with pupils in our schools today. Furthermore, mathematics just happens to be useful in contempo...
The challenges
Not all my pupils will find mathematics as interesting as I do. C'est la vie. Somehow, despite our different perspectives, such pupils and I have to find a way forward. Teaching can be exhausting and ...
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Aug 2019
Teaching music is a life changing experience
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Music
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Music teacher
The good things
Teaching and playing guitar reliefs you from any anxiety and problems you have and helps you to calm and think clearly As a music theory teacher there is always something new to learn there is no end ...
The challenges
I've met a lot of students that wanted to learn guitar but they didn't have the discipline or patience to learn and you as a teacher must have the ability to keep your students interested in the subje...
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Working hours for Teachers

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What are the job opportunities for Teachers?

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