Primary School Teacher

What does a Primary School Teacher do?
  • Teaches classes of students from prep to Grade six
  • Classroom management
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaches a range of subjects: literacy, numeracy, science, PE, music
What do I need to be good at?
  • Teaching.
  • Working with children.
  • Problem solving.
  • Following process and meeting education outcomes.
  • Working in an education team.
  • Working with parents.
How much does a Primary School Teacher get paid?

The average salary for a Primary School Teacher is $67,000 which can vary depending on experience and training.

How does a Primary School Teacher get trained?

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At school by…

Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that teach.

Completing a Senior VCAL pass and applying for acceptance at participating Universities through interview and portfolio presentation.

Achieving the ATAR required for Undergraduate education (primary) entrance.

At TAFE or other registered training organisation by…

Get started with a Certificate I, II, III or IV in Teacher’s Aide, Education Support, Language other than English, Training and Assessment, Learning Management or Home Economics Education, which takes between six months and two years, depending on the certificate. Universities accept these certificates as pathways into undergraduate degrees.

At university…

You can take an undergraduate degree at university in primary school education.

How do I get experience?

You will find year 10 work experience opportunities on the Structured Workplace Learning portal, asking your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask an educational employer for a voluntary work opportunity.

What does this job lead to?

With further training qualified primary school teachers can become specialists in:

  • Student welfare
  • School leadership
  • Language other than English
  • Sport and recreation
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Library
  • ICT
  • Student support: autism, disability teaching, literacy, numeracy specialism