Do you have senior students interested in a career in teaching?
Teaching offers a unique and purposeful pathway that opens doors to countless career development opportunities. The NSW Department of Education's how-to guide for high school students clearly outlines the steps that need to be taken to become a teacher in a NSW public school.
Below you can find key information that may be useful when advising your senior students about a teaching career.
Why teach with the NSW Department of Education?
With nearly 100,000 employees working in schools and offices across the state, teaching with the NSW Department of Education offers a diverse and rewarding career. NSW public school teachers enjoy a wide range of professional benefits and career development opportunities, including:
- Teachers receive generous leave provisions and a competitive graduate salary
- Be supported to develop a range of transferable skills
- Enjoy countless leadership progression opportunities
- Make a difference in the community
Information for senior students
To become a teacher with the NSW Department of Education, senior students must complete Stage 6 English and mathematics subjects.
To meet university admission requirement students should aim to achieve three Band 5s (including one in English) and a Band 4 in mathematics. There may be additional subject prerequisites depending on which university a student completes their initial teacher education degree with.
Students can visit the NESA website for more information on prerequisites and alternate entry pathways.
To be qualified to teach in a NSW public school students need to complete a minimum of four years study, including an accredited teacher education course at a recognised Australian teacher education institution.
The specific course will depend on whether the student wants to teach in a primary or secondary school or is interested in becoming a specialist teacher (including school counselling, teacher librarianship, English as an Additional Language/Dialect, Vocational Education and Training or special/inclusive education).
The NSW Department of Education offers a range of scholarship programs to Year 12 students who are planning to complete approved studies in initial teacher education. During their HSC year, students can apply for a NSW Department of Education future teacher scholarship. Successful recipients receive financial support while studying and graduate with a guaranteed permanent teaching position in a NSW public school.
- Information on the various types of teachers within schools
- Information on high-demand subjects and locations, which can improve employment prospects post-graduation
- Information on graduate earnings and career progression
- List of tertiary institutions offering accredited teacher education courses
- Information on prerequisites and alternate entry pathways is available via the NESA website
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