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 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.​

​Read th​e new and redeveloped syllabuses from 2019 on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website​.

​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.​

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

Ter​​tiary​ 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 techni​​ques. 

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 09 October 2018

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