Specialist teachers

Specialist teachers have expertise in a particular field, such as career advising, teacher librarianship and teaching English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D).

Types of specialist teachers

Careers advisors

Careers advisors are secondary trained teachers who have undertaken an approved course of study in career education. They provide information, guidance and advice to help students explore their education and career options, create a resume, search for jobs, apply for jobs and/or apply for further study. Career advisors liaise with parents, teachers, employers, community agencies and training providers.

Teacher librarians

Teacher librarians are trained teachers who have also undertaken an approved course of study in teacher librarianship. They build effective library and information management services in schools by working collaboratively with teachers to help students access and utilise information.

EAL/D teachers

Students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds who learn English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) may need extra support in the classroom. EAL/D teachers provide targeted English language instruction to help students develop their literacy and English language skills. EAL/D teachers are qualified primary or secondary teachers who have completed approved TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) studies.


Learn more about specialist teacher salaries.

Next steps

Find out how to become a teacher in NSW public schools.


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