How to become a Teacher - Secondary

Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects within the school curriculum to secondary students. Subject areas include English, mathematics, science, history, geography, drama, dance, art, music, health and physical education, design, information technology, languages other than English, and home economics.

Personal requirements of a Teacher - Secondary

  • Enthusiasm for, and ability in, your chosen subject area and teaching
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
  • Enjoy working with teenagers
  • Patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and cultures
  • Acceptance of the rights and needs of all individuals
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours

Education & Training for a Teacher - Secondary

To become a secondary school teacher you usually need to complete a four-year integrated course in which the subject area and teaching components are taught throughout (for example, a Bachelor of Secondary Education majoring in visual arts). Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a subject area related to the current secondary school curriculum, followed by a postgraduate qualification in education (for example, a Graduate Diploma of Education). 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, mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geography and physics are normally required. Some courses may have additional requirements. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. For further details, visit

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.
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