Subject requirements

Find out the requirements to become a teacher in these specialist teaching areas in NSW public schools.

To become a qualified teacher librarian in NSW public schools, you must:

  1. be an approved primary or secondary teacher with the NSW Department of Education; and
  2. complete an approved postgraduate program at master’s degree level in teacher librarianship.

Teacher librarianship programs prepare graduates for years K - 12. Current staffing practices, however, restrict subject approval to the area of original mainstream teacher classification (e.g. a primary trained teacher is only entitled to the primary teacher librarian code and a secondary trained teacher is only entitled to the secondary teacher librarian code).

The following is an approved postgraduate program*:

  • Charles Sturt University - Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)
* The above list is not exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available.

To become a qualified careers advisor in NSW public schools, you must:

  1. be an approved secondary teacher with the NSW Department of Education; and
  2. complete an approved postgraduate program designed to prepare teachers for employment as a careers adviser.

The following universities offer approved postgraduate programs in careers education*:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • CEAV Institute
  • James Cook University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Swinburne University of Technology

* The above list is not exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available.

To become a qualified EAL/D teacher in NSW public school, you must:

  1. be an approved primary or secondary teacher with the NSW Department of Education; and
  2. complete an approved course in EAL/D or TESOL focusing on school based curriculum which includes a practicum in a school setting for years K - 12.

EAL/D or TESOL programs prepare graduates for years K - 12. Current staffing practices, however, restrict subject approval to the area of original mainstream teacher classification (e.g. a primary trained teacher is only entitled to the primary teacher EAL/D code and a secondary trained teacher is only entitled to the secondary EAL/D code).

The following are approved postgraduate programs*:

  • Australian Catholic University
    • Graduate Certificate in Education (TESOL)
    • Graduate Diploma in Education (Literacy and TESOL)
  • Charles Sturt University
    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Graduate Diploma of TESOL
    • Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Macquarie University
    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Master of Applied Linguistics
    • Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL**
  • University of New England
    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (TESOL)
    • Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (TESOL)
    • Master of Education (TESOL)
  • University of Newcastle
    • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies – TESOL
    • Master of Education (TESOL)
  • University of Wollongong
    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Graduate Diploma in TESOL
    • Master of Education (TESOL)
  • University of Technology, Sydney
    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
    • Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Applied Linguistics
    • Graduate Diploma in TESOL
    • Master of Arts (TESOL)
    • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

* The above list is not exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available.

** Teachers will only be eligible for approval in EAL/D if they complete a school-based practicum as part of this post-graduate qualification.

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