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Teaching Qualifications


To teach in a Western Australian public school, including relief teaching, you must have a recognised tertiary teaching degree. This can be either:

a four year Bachelor of Education in one of the following areas:

or a minimum of a three year degree, followed by a one year graduate diploma or master in education (by coursework) for a particular age group e.g. early childhood, primary or secondary.

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Early childhood education

As an early childhood teacher, you plan and implement education programs for students between four and eight years old (Kindergarten to Year 3).

You must have a recognised early childhood qualification to teach in this area. You can find out if your qualification is recognised by visiting the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website.

To become an early childhood teacher you need either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Kindergarten to Year 7 or 0-8 years Early Childhood   Education/Childcare);

       or

  • a minimum of a three year degree, followed by a one year Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Master of Early Childhood.
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Primary education

As a primary school teacher, you plan and implement education programs for students between five and 11 years old. Your qualification allows you to teach all subjects from Years 1 to 6.

To become a primary school teacher you need to complete either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education (Primary or Kindergarten to Year 7);

       or

  • a minimum of three year degree, followed by a one year Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Education (Primary). The Master of Education must be by course work.
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Middle years of school

As a teacher in this area, you plan and implement education programs for students between 10 and 15 years old.

To become a middle school teacher you need a three year degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years).

Your qualification allows you to teach students from Years 6 to 10, usually specialising in two learning areas from:

  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • Technology and Enterprise
  • The Arts.
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Secondary school

As a secondary school teacher, you teach one or more subjects to students from Years 7 to 12. You are responsible for preparing students for further education, training or employment.

To become a secondary teacher you need to complete either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education (secondary);

       or

  • a minimum three year undergraduate degree specialising in a specific subject (e.g. science) plus a one year Graduate Diploma or a Master in Secondary Education (by coursework).

Secondary school teachers may teach in the following subject areas:

English and Literature covers:

  • listening
  • reading
  • speaking
  • viewing
  • writing.

Health and Physical Education covers:

  • attitudes and values
  • skills for physical activity
  • self management skills
  • interpersonal skills.

Mathematics covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Probability.

Science covers:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) covers:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Politics and Law
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Civics and citizenship.

Technology and Enterprise covers:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Design and Technology
  • Fabrics
  • Food Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Technical Graphics.

The Arts covers:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media
  • Music
  • Visual Arts.

Languages covers:

  • Australian Indigenous languages
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin.

To become a Languages teacher you need to complete either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education which integrates the language you wish to teach;

       or

  • a minimum three year bachelor degree related to the language you intend to teach followed by a one year Graduate Diploma or a Master in Education (by coursework) which includes language units.

For example, to teach Japanese you may choose to study a Bachelor of Asian Studies followed by a Graduate Diploma or Master of Education (by coursework).

Once you are qualified as a secondary Languages teacher you may also be able to teach Languages in primary schools using the same qualification. Alternatively, you can become a primary school Language teacher and teach students from Years 3 to 10 (students from eight to 15 years old).

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Other teaching specialisations

There are opportunities to become a teacher in other specialist areas:

English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D)
Selected schools run EAL/D programs to help students become proficient in the English language so they can participate successfully in school.

To teach EAL/D you must be a qualified teacher and have completed additional qualification or units in EAL/D.

Discover more: EAL/D website

Special needs/education support
A number of schools have specialist education support teachers to help students with disabilities and special needs in mainstream classes. There are also education support centers.  To teach Special Needs you need to be a qualified teacher and have completed education support units.

Music
The Department of Education’s Instrumental Music School Services employs teachers to teach instrumental music in schools. Specialist instrumental teachers teach across either primary and secondary schools in the areas of:

  • orchestral
  • concert band
  • contemporary popular band
  • classical guitar instruments
  • voice.

Specialist subjects
Some secondary schools run programs in other areas which can offer a diverse range of career opportunities for teachers. These include:

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