What can I teach?

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 broad range of options.

Different types of teachers

Student age groups

Students of different age groups need different learning opportunities to match their development level.

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 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.

The department is undertaking an update of relevant HR systems to reflect Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (QCAA) new and redeveloped suite of senior syllabuses from 2019.

The Teacher Applicant Centre (TAC) team will shortly be contacting affected applicants to advise them of any updates that are made to their applicant profiles and respond to any questions they may have.

Read the  FAQs (PDF, 188KB) or visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for more information about 2019 new and redeveloped syllabuses.

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. 

A teaching career could take you anywhere! diagram

  1. Travel opportunities
  2. Life long learning
  3. Ignite curiosity
  4. Creativity and innovation
  5. Make a difference
  6. Shape the future

You could be teaching students in:

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

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.

To keep up-to-date with teaching news and be inspired by real life teacher stories and tips, connect with us.

Last updated 17 December 2018

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