Progressing your career


The diversity of a teaching career offers professional and personal rewards which can extend further than your role in the classroom.

We provide many opportunities for teachers to progress to leadership and specialist positions within our schools system, such as:

  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Head of Department (Curriculum)
  • Head of School
  • Head of Campus
  • Head of Special Education Services
  • Guidance Officer
  • Highly accomplished and lead teachers (see below).

You can view the approximate base salaries for some of these leadership positions to get a better idea of your career earnings potential.

If you’re interested in furthering your career outside the classroom, explore our online and face-to-face learning programs to aid your professional development.

Professional development for teachers

Eligible teachers working in our schools can participate in online professional development and upskilling courses, as outlined in Advancing education: an action plan for education in Queensland.

We have worked in partnership with Australian universities to develop these course offerings to help increase teacher confidence and capability to teach priority curriculum areas. In addition to online learning, you might consider applying for secondments as they’re a valuable practical learning experience. Consider taking the opportunity to transfer to a rural, remote or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to accelerate your career and access a range of career progression and development opportunities. There are a range of great rural and remote benefits too.

Learn more about your professional development options

If your mission is to be a life-long learner and you’re ready to take the next step in your teaching career, you can:

  • talk to your principal about your career expectations and map out your development path
  • search and apply for regional and remote vacancies through SmartJobs
  • apply for Highly Accomplished Teachers (HATs) and Lead Teachers (LTs) certification.

National teacher certification

We recognise and reward Highly Accomplished teachers and Lead teachers (sometimes referred to as HALTs) who have achieved certification through the national process developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

We provide eligible state school teachers with the opportunity to pursue voluntary national certification while remaining in the classroom. In our state schools, we currently have 120 certified HALTs.

During the pilot, 47 HALTs were certified, in 2019, 30 HALTs were certified and there are now 78 HALTs certified.

State school teachers who teach in a range of contexts and subject areas, including physical education, mathematics, English, science and performing arts, have already been successful in gaining certification.

Assessors include primary, secondary, special education, early childhood, outdoor/environmental and school of distance education

We also provide experienced teachers and school leaders with the opportunity to undertake national training with the Queensland College of Teachers to participate annually in the program as an assessor. As at December 2020, the Department has 169 assessors.

Our assessors come from a range of school types and contexts including primary, secondary, primary and secondary combined, special, schools of distance education, support units, centres for learning and wellbeing and regional locations. They hold a range of positions.

Assessors include 64 teachers, 32 deputy principals, 26 heads of department, 21 principals and 19 heads of curriculum.

How to apply

Eligible Queensland state school teachers are able to apply for certification at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher career stages through the Queensland College of Teachers.

Want to know more?

Visit our YouTube channel to hear stories and tips from Queensland state school teachers who have achieved national certification and school leaders who have supported them on their journey.

For more details about certification, visit the Queensland College of Teachers website.


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Last updated 23 July 2021