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How do I become a teacher?

Dreaming of a career where you can have a positive impact? Want to be a role model? And lead a balanced lifestyle? Become a teacher! But where do you start? The path to becoming a teacher might be easier than you think.

Your journey to becoming a teacher

As they say, you’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re in your final years of high school, this is the perfect place to start your teaching journey. So, you know that you’ll need to go to uni to become a teacher. But there are few extra steps you’ll need to take to land your teaching career once you have your degree in hand. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to be a teacher in New South Wales.

Think about what you want to teach

Firstly, you’ll need to have an idea of the type of teacher you want to be. Maths, science, English, history – you name it. When you’re considering a career in teaching, it helps to know which subjects you’d like to teach. Enjoy a bit of everything? You could be well suited to becoming a primary teacher where you’ll teach a broad range of subjects. Passionate about a specialist subject? If there’s subject (or two) that you absolutely love and want to specialise in, consider secondary teaching. As a secondary teacher, you’ll focus on your teaching area.

Find the right uni course for you

Keen to work in early childhood, primary or secondary education? Want to specialise in a particular teaching area? Or maybe you want to do it all through K-12 education? Well, you’re in luck. Charles Sturt’s teacher education courses have you covered. And since there are a few teacher education courses to choose from, it’s important that you get the right advice early on. This will help you choose a course that fits in with your interests and career goals.

Once you have an idea of the direction you’d like to head in, browse Charles Sturt’s range of teacher education courses. There are options if you want to start your career in early childhood, primary, secondary and even adult education. Check out our range of postgraduate degrees too so you can get an idea of the professional development and career advancement opportunities that you could have later on.

Apply with Charles Sturt

In your final year of high school, it’s time to apply for uni. This is where things start to become really exciting – you’re a step closer to your dream career. You’ll apply to study with Charles Sturt via UAC or VTAC. If you’re tossing up between a few teaching courses, list them in your application – there will still be time to change your preferred course until you accept your offer to study with us. So, if you have any questions about applying, you can always get in touch – we’ll be happy to help out.

Smash your HSC/VCE exams

Okay. So now for the more serious stuff. We’re talking about your final high school exams. You’ll need to score three Band 5s, including in English. This is what you’ll need to be accepted into a teacher education course at uni. But we know you can do it! All that hard work and study is about to pay off. So make sure you aim high and do all that you can to set yourself up for success in your final exams. You’re going to smash it!

Study with Charles Sturt

Now, once high school is over (congrats!), you’re all set to jump into your next chapter. By now, you’ll have decided on the course for you. You’ll have your sights set on becoming an early childhood, primary or high school teacher. But don’t worry if your priorities change, you can often transfer into another course in your first year of study.

Your degree will usually take around four years of full-time study. And at Charles Sturt, you can expect to do plenty of hands-on learning and placements in schools. This is where you’ll get to test out all your new skills, learning from other educators and find your feet as a teacher. In fact, you’ll get hands-on from day one!

Apply for approval to teach in NSW schools

Next, it’s time to prepare yourself for your teaching career. If you’re applying to teach in NSW schools, you’ll need approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education. This is done online. Once you’re in your final year of study, you can start the process with a graduate teacher application. This option lets you apply for a 12-month interim approval to teach. You’ll need to provide a range of professional experience/practicum reports and academic transcripts. You can also expect to undertake teacher suitability assessments and interviews online too. Check teach.NSW info on becoming a teacher for the latest approval requirements.

Get accredited with NESA

As a first-time teacher, you’ll need to be accredited to work in schools or centre-based early childhood services. You could be granted conditional or provisional accreditation. Apply for conditional accreditation if you’re in your last year of study and provisional if you’ve completed an approved teaching degree. Here’s some helpful information on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) accreditation process.

Apply for teaching positions

The time has come to apply for your first teaching gig! It’s a good idea to become familiar with the teach.NSW website so you can start job hunting as soon as you’re qualified. Here, you’ll find loads of job opportunities, from rural and remote jobs, to temporary, casual and permanent teaching positions. Further to positions in public education, you can also explore career opportunities in independent schools. Teachers On Net is another great resource for you to add to your bookmarks.

Explore teacher education

Ready to find out where a career in teaching could take you? Learn more about how you can inspire the next generation with a rewarding career in teaching.

#1 in NSW for teaching grads who get jobs. 87.7% of Charles Sturt teaching grads find jobs within 4 months of graduating. 2020/21 Good Universities Guide