Pre-service teachers

Our schools are great places to work

As a pre-service teacher, you may be considering your options for future employment. Find out more about what a career with the NSW Department of Education can offer by visiting the 'Why work at education' page.

Our schools are all unique

Some pre-service teachers are surprised to learn that the NSW Department of Education meets the needs of our students in a range of different types of schools across the state. Our schools include:

  • Preschools
  • Primary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Schools for Specific Purposes
  • Central Schools
  • Environmental Education Centres
  • Hospital Schools
  • Distance Education Centres
  • Intensive English Centres
  • Secondary Colleges
  • Connected Community Schools
  • Virtual Selective High School.

At teach.NSW you will find further information about the varied opportunities for different types of teachers.


Teacher education scholarships support students, including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples, to graduate as teachers for NSW government schools in specified areas. Scholarships targeting pre-service teachers include the Public Education Foundation Scholarships and Scholarships for prospective teachers.

Go to teach.NSW to find out more about teacher education scholarships.

Professional learning opportunities

Our classroom environments are providing flexible learning opportunities for all of our students. There is a mix of online/remote teaching, face-to-face teaching and alternative learning opportunities across schools this year.

To help prepare you for your placement we are offering a range of professional learning opportunities.

Setting up for success professional learning series.

Session 1 video and presentation notes for organise classroom activities and managing student’s learning in an online learning environment .

Session 2 video and presentation notes with practical approaches to managing challenging behaviours and engaging students in an online learning environment.

Session 3 video and presentation notes for organise classroom activities and managing student’s learning in a classroom.

Session 4 video and presentation notes for managing challenging behaviours in the classroom.

Best practice example of a lesson plan with professional learning links for each lesson component. (Demonstrating focus areas for 3.1, 3.2,.3.3, 3.4 of the APST)

Best practice example to support the organisation of programming documents using One Note. (Demonstrating focus area 3.2 of the APST)

Dictionary of terms - actively use teacher talk and correct language to support student’s wellbeing - (Supporting focus area 1.6 and 4.1 of the APST)

Resources to support Pre-service teachers entering schools with high enrolments of

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students.

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