Types of teachers


Students of all ages, abilities and in all communities need teachers to help support and nurture their educational development, so when it comes to choosing what type of teacher you’d like to become, there are a range of options.


Early childhood

If you like embracing your inner child and spending time with young children, this could be the profession for you. Early childhood teachers make a difference to their young students (typically aged 2 to 5) by making learning fun and setting the foundation for future learning.

Learn more about a career in early childhood, including the types of roles available and the qualifications required on the Early Childhood and Care website.


Primary teachers are trained to teach students from Prep to Year 6 (typically aged 5 to 12). They teach a wide range of subject areas, including English, mathematics, science, geography and history to one allocated class.

Primary teachers develop learning plans that address the curriculum, while nurturing the intellectual, social and physical development of individual students.


Secondary teachers are trained to teach one or more subject areas to students in Years 7 - 12 (typically aged 13 to 18). Imparting expert knowledge to secondary school students helps prepare them for finding their own path in life beyond schooling.

Visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for more information about the new and redeveloped syllabuses introduced in Queensland schools from 2019.

Specialist teachers

If you have a passion, hobby or particular interest you can turn that into a career by teaching it to others. Teaching goes beyond the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science. 

You could be teaching students in:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Arts, including dance, drama, visual arts and music.
  • Astronomy and Physics
  • Aviation and Aerospace Studies
  • Building and Construction skills
  • Design
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Horticulture and Agriculture Sciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Languages
  • Marine Sciences
  • Media, Film and Television
  • Modern and Ancient History
  • Outdoor Education and Recreation
  • Philosophy and Reason
  • Psychology
  • Robotics, coding and digital solutions
  • Special Education

Other education or school based careers

If you’re not sure if teaching is for you, but still want to make a difference to student’s lives, you might be interested in the range of other related roles, including those that support teachers and students in our schools.


Teacher aides have an important role in state schools and help make a difference within the school community. By providing a wide range of support to teachers and students who need assistance, teacher aides are instrumental in helping students achieve learning outcomes and reach their full potential.

Find out more about becoming a teacher aide.


Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE) teachers deliver educational excellence to students in their chosen industry. With the opportunity to teach in a variety of locations and across a range of delivery modes, from in class to online, TAFE teachers harness a variety of training tools and techniques. TAFE teachers are employed in TAFE Institutes not Queensland state schools.

Find out more about becoming a TAFE teacher.


Teachers are supported by and work collaboratively with a wide range non-teaching professionals to help students reach their full potential.

These include:


Teacher stories

A day in the life of a primary school STEM teacher

Geoff is a specialist STEM teacher in a primary school. He is also a husband, father and avid cross fitter who is passionate about health and fitness. Follow along to find out what a typical day looks like for him.

A day in the life of a secondary science and maths teacher

Rachel is a science and maths teacher at a secondary school. She is passionate about supporting students to achieve success and make a difference in their lives. Find out what a typical day looks like for her.

Sharing a passion for health and physical education - Secondary teacher

Lauren followed her passion for being active and healthy living by becoming a Secondary Health and Physical Education teacher. She reflects on the opportunities she's had in her 12 years of teaching.

Being a special education teacher

Mark has been a special education teacher at Gladstone State High School for the past seven years and shares why he is passionate about his job in the special education unit.

Last updated 29 November 2019