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 of 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 Indigenous community to accelerate your career and access a range of career progression and development opportunities. There is a range of great rural and remote financial incentives available 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 who have achieved certification through the national process developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

We provide the opportunity for eligible state school teachers to progress their career while remaining in the classroom through voluntary national certification. Eligible Queensland state school teachers are able to apply for certification at the highly accomplished or lead teacher career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers through the Queensland College of Teachers

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


Professional development in remote locations

Teaching in a remote location is not a barrier to accessing professional development opportunities when you teach in a Queensland state school. Primary teacher, David shares his experience as a beginning teacher heading to the remote outback community of Cunnamulla to start his career.

Teaching at Cunnamulla has extended my professional teaching ability

There are many opportunities to advance your teaching career if you're open to moving to a regional, rural or remote Queensland community. Shontelle shares how teaching in the remote outback community of Cunnamulla has provided her with the professional development and support she was seeking to progress her teaching career.

Last updated 26 February 2020