Secondary School Teacher

What does a Secondary School Teacher do?
  • Teaches classes of students from year seven to 12
  • Runs specialist classes in a main subject method, across age groups
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaches a range of subjects across ages
  • Plans and delivers lessons and units of work
What do I need to be good at?
  • Teaching.
  • Working with children.
  • Problem solving.
  • Independent decision making
  • Following process and meeting education outcomes.
  • Working in an education team.
  • Working with parents.
How much does a Secondary School Teacher get paid?

The average salary for a Secondary School Teacher is $65,000 which can vary depending on experience and training.

How does a Secondary 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 (secondary) entrance.

At university…

You can take an undergraduate degree at university in secondary 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
  • Primary school teaching
  • Library
  • ICT
  • Student support: autism, disability teaching, literacy, numeracy specialism
  • University lecturing