How to become a Primary School Teacher

If making a positive impact on a child’s life is a personal passion of yours, a career as a Primary School Teacher may be just what you’re looking for to achieve your dreams. If you want to make your mark as a Primary School Teacher, you’ll need some requisite skills, qualifications and attributes in order to work in the education industry.

A Primary School Teacher is responsible for teaching a range of subjects to children as part of daily lesson plans, including English, science, mathematics and art. Your role as a Primary School Teacher will also involve assessing and evaluating your students’ progress, providing regular updates to parents and administrators, and looking after the development of the children’s interests, abilities and coordination. Read more about the job description of a Primary School Teacher.

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What technical and professional skills do I need to become a Primary School Teacher?

To work as a Primary School Teacher in Australia, you will be required to have a Bachelor degree in Primary Education, or a postgraduate degree in Primary Education. A Bachelor degree will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of how to engage students, how to best work on their development and the vital role education plays in helping them to mature. 

A postgraduate degree such as the Master of Teaching (Primary) is a good option if you already have a Bachelor qualification in another discipline and you’re looking for a career change into teaching.

Both courses will offer opportunities to work closely with teachers on work placements so you can gain the relevant work experience needed. Work placements give you an opportunity to be exposed to a classroom environment, as well as get a better understanding of a teacher’s day-to-day activities and lesson planning. All students need to have a Working with Children Check before completing any placements. 

Do I need to be registered to work as a Primary School Teacher?

Once you have your teaching qualifications, the next step is securing your teaching registration, which is an important milestone in any teacher’s career.

Dr Sheena O’Hare, Director of Teacher Education Programs at Swinburne Online, recommends speaking to your local teaching authority about what’s involved.

“Students who successfully finish their degree must apply for registration through their state teaching authority in order to be able to teach,” adds Dr O'Hare.  

Each state and territory has their own Teacher Registration Authority and once an application form has been processed, you will be called in for an interview.

Can Primary School Teachers work in childcare?

To work in childcare, you must have a minimum of a Certificate III in early childhood education, such as the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113). This means that, as a Primary School Teacher with a Bachelor degree or higher, you should meet the requirements to work in childcare.

If you are looking to start work in early childhood education in settings such as pre-schools, occasional day care and family day care centres, a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood Education are worth considering as starting points.

While you won’t be able to work in a primary school with a Certificate III or Diploma, these courses can help you get an understanding of the childcare industry and find out what suits you before you move on to teaching in primary schools.

Should I become a Primary School Teacher?

There are certain skills and traits that will help you succeed as a Primary School Teacher, including:

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Patience and tolerance
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Leadership and motivational skills
  • A caring and supportive nature

Not sure whether you have what it takes to become a Primary School Teacher? Find out more about the ideal qualities you’ll need to have to become a Primary School Teacher.  

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