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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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Teacher roles in AUS were typically advertised between $70k and $95k over the last 3 months.
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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 (Primary)

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

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to prepare for a role as an Early Childhood Teacher.

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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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Latest Teacher reviews

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May 2021
Teaching is exhausting but terribly rewarding when you see the positive impact you are making in the lives of children.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Early Childhood Education
The good things
Teaching is a highly demanding but rewarding career, provided you are passionate about education and making a positive difference in the lives of children.
The challenges
Teaching is not a nine to five job. You often need to work at home at night and on weekends. You need to be really organised and know that you take your work home with you in that it can be difficult ...
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May 2021
Teaching is a rewarding job you need a strong mind for and be willing to work long hours.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Learning Management (Primary)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Primary Teaching
The good things
Making a difference in young people's lives. Providing quality education to all children.
The challenges
Long hours, constant demands on your time. Always work to do of a night or weekend. You are more than just a teacher, you also collect data and child psychologist and behaviour manager.
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