Teaching is a rewarding profession that can change lives. To help ensure that NSW prepares quality teachers, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) accredits teaching degrees. This includes setting prerequisites for admission to both four year teaching degrees and graduate entry teaching degrees.
How to become a primary school teacher
There are a number of ways to become a primary school teacher in NSW. Primary teachers can also undertake a recognised specialisation in a particular learning area. Read what qualifications and university subjects are required to teach in a primary school.
How to become a high school teacher
There are a number of ways to become a high school (secondary) teacher in NSW. Read what qualifications and university subjects are required to teach each high school subject.
Find an approved teaching course
NESA accredits all teaching degrees in NSW. This makes sure that these degrees meet the requirements for their graduates to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation to teach in a NSW school.
Tips for choosing a teaching degree
There are many universities and higher education providers in NSW and Australia offering accredited teaching degrees. It’s important to find a teaching degree and institution that matches your needs.
Work as a teacher in NSW
Once you have your teaching qualifications, and have been provisionally or conditionally accredited, you can apply for teaching jobs with either the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) which is the public school system, Catholic schools or independent schools.
Increased academic standards for studying teaching
Future teachers will need to meet increased academic standards to study an accredited undergraduate teaching degree in NSW.
Literacy and numeracy tests
From 2016, all teacher education students will be required to pass literacy and numeracy tests to begin their final professional experience placement.