Are you thinking about your career options post high school? Have you considered a career in teaching?

Teachers with the NSW Department of Education are daily difference makers. As a teacher, you will enrich the lives of your students, as well as the lives of their families and the broader community.

The department offers an inclusive workplace where all employees are welcome and valued. Our schools reflect Australian communities with students and staff representing a diverse range of cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds.

Teaching is a career like no other. No two days are the same, and working for the largest employer of teachers in Australia, you’ll find a countless number of career development opportunities available to you.

Read on to find out more about subject requirements, university admission guidelines and scholarship programs available for future teachers.

Why teach with NSW Department of Education?
  • Competitive graduate salary
  • Flexible working options
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Mentoring and support when you first start teaching
  • Ongoing professional development
Scholarships for future teachers

As a scholar, you could receive:

  • Financial support while you study
  • Appointment allowances when you begin teaching
  • A permanent teaching position when you graduate
Competitive graduate salary*
  • Casual: $381.41 per day
  • Graduate: $73,737 annual salary
  • Proficient: $88,935 annual salary

*Information is accurate as at 24 February 2022. Amounts do not include superannuation or annual leave loading.

Hear more about Amy's teaching journey with the NSW Department of Education

Senior subject selection

To become a teacher with the NSW Department of Education, you should include English and mathematics when selecting your senior subjects. Aim to achieve three Band 5s (including one in English) and a Band 4 in mathematics to ensure you meet admission requirements.

There may be additional subject prerequisites depending on the university you complete your initial teacher education degree within.

Visit the NESA website for more information on prerequisites and alternate entry pathways.

Know your options

There are a number of universities that offer NESA-accredited teaching degrees. Booking in time with your Careers Advisor can help you determine which university course is right for you. They can also show you where to find information about the different courses and entry requirements.

Get paid to study

During your HSC year, you can apply for a NSW Department of Education future teacher scholarship. Scholars receive financial support while studying and graduate with a guaranteed permanent teaching position in a NSW public school.

Be in demand

As a teacher, you can work anywhere across the country (or the world). When you first start teaching you could be earning over $100,000, with a range of benefits and incentives linked to schools in rural and remote NSW.

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