Do you get enjoyment out of watching people learn and grow? Gain a well-rounded education in teaching, so you get the confidence and understanding needed to impart your knowledge, and help in the development of others.
Teaching Courses range from early education right through to primary and high school teaching.
All Teaching Courses generally cover curriculum planning, understanding how to deal with a variety of behaviours, language, literacy and numeracy, theories of teaching and learning and inclusion.
Most teaching course graduates pursue employment as a teacher, in either an early childhood, primary school or secondary school classroom setting. As a teacher, your tasks will vary depending on your setting, but you may be expected to perform work like:
You may also choose to seek employment assisting other teachers with their classroom management, special needs students, or their own professional growth, and may conduct meetings and evaluations to monitor progress.
Graduates of teaching courses usually pursue employment in schools, and may work as a:
You’ll find teaching enriching and enjoyable if you:
The Australia Government’s Job Outlook projects strong growth in employment opportunities for both primary and secondary school teachers over the next decade. After growing modestly for the past 10 years, the primary education sector is expected to open over 50,000 new jobs by 2019, and educators will be able to find employment all over Australia. New job openings in secondary education are expected to grow at a similar rate; however, Job Outlook notes that growth in the profession has contracted over the past decade, and describes the projected growth in the sector as moderate.
Salaries differ between primary and secondary teachers. According to PayScale, a primary school teacher can expect to earn a salary between $40,000 and $90,000 per year, with an average of approximately $60,000. PayScale notes that while there is a strong correlation between years of experience and earning potential, 45 per cent of primary teachers have less than five years’ experience in their roles.
A secondary school teacher can expect to earn between $45,000 and $92,000 per year, with an average salary of $64,000, according to PayScale. A positive relationship also exists between experience and salary in secondary education, with more experienced teachers earning higher wages, but salary isn’t as dependent on experience in secondary education as it is in primary education, with PayScale reporting entry-level secondary teachers can expect to earn an average salary of $61,000 per year.
As teaching is legislated and organised at the state level, each state has its own professional teachers’ committee to advocate for its members’ interests: