How to become a Teacher - Early Childhood

Early childhood teachers plan and conduct education programmes for young children.

Personal requirements of a Teacher - Early Childhood

  • Able to relate to children and their families
  • A keen desire to teach children
  • Willing to learn
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
  • High-level planning and organisational skills
  • Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours

Education & Training for a Teacher - Early Childhood

To become an early childhood teacher you usually have to complete a degree in education, with a major in early childhood. Alternatively, you can complete a bachelor degree in a related area, followed by a postgraduate qualification in education, specialising in early childhood. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$888

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 43.7%

NT 0.8%

QLD 12.9%

SA 5.1%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 26.3%

WA 8.1%

Hours worked:

37.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 2.9%

Female 97.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.4%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 2.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 29.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 45.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 11.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 35.1%

Above 35 years: 63.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Before undertaking practical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a Working with Children Check. A National Police Certificate may also be required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You will need to register with the teaching board in your state or territory. Teachers are required by mandatory reporting laws to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. You may also be required to hold an approved Provide First Aid Certificate and have completed training in anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management. Contact the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority for more information.
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