What can I teach?

When it comes to choosing what type of teacher you'd like to become, there are a range of options. As there are many different types of teachers, if you have an interest in a specific subject area, or enjoy working with a particular age group, that's a good place to start.

Types of teachers

Early childhood teachers

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. Find out more about becoming an early childhood teacher.

Primary teachers

Primary teachers work in primary school settings and 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

Secondary teachers work in high school settings and help take their student's knowledge to the next level. They are trained to teach one or more subjects to students in years 7 to 12 (typically aged 13 to 17). Imparting expert knowledge to secondary school students helps prepare them for finding their own path in life beyond schooling.

Specialist teachers

Teaching is a perfect career for someone with a special interest, experience or talent in a particular field. Specialist teachers help individual learners flourish and include language teachers, music teachers, English as a second language and special needs teachers.

Teacher aides

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 students who need assistance, teacher aides are instrumental in helping individual students achieve learning outcomes and reach their full potential.  Find out more about becoming a teacher aide.

TAFE teachers

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. Find out more about becoming a TAFE teacher.

Non-teaching professionals

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

These include:

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Last updated 17 May 2017

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