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How to Become a Teacher in Australia?

Have you ever thought about what life looks like without the existence of an undercover superhero called ‘Teacher’? Teachers are the unsung heroes that many did not realise or take it for granted. However, without the presence of teachers, it is impossible to pass exams and even succeed in life. They are the people that molded and  impacted you throughout your journey in primary school and in high school. And there is always that one teacher that stays in our heart and mind as our favourite teacher. 

Take John Legend for example. This famous singer said :

“My English teacher, Mrs. Bodey, was instrumental in the educational journey that carried me through school and into my career. Until her class, I hadn’t believed in my ability as a writer. She recognized my potential and showed me that I could write with creativity, with clarity, with passion.” 

Mrs. Bodey was more than a teacher but she was an educator and she played an important role in his younger life and now John Legend is a renowned song-writer. So, if you desire to become a teacher that will educate and shape the future generation, let us see the qualities that you must have. Let’s go!

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What are the Qualities to Become a Teacher?

1. Patience

Each student will have their own unique learning style and capability. Some students have difficulty in mathematics, some language and some arts. A teacher must not portray their frustration towards the students while teaching. Therefore, you must be patient in teaching them and overcome their struggle.

2. Empathy

Children and teenagers have big feelings and often deal with more than we know outside the classroom. A teacher must be able to empathize with the students’ feelings.It is very crucial to understand and validate their emotions in order for them to become emotionally mature. You must be able to put yourself in a student’s shoes and help them feel understood. During teaching, you must be sensitive and thoughtful to ensure students feel safe.

3. Good communication skills

Teachers must have strong communication skills to ensure the needs of their students are met. Every student is different therefore, teachers must have excellent skills in talking, listening and conveying the knowledge to them. Apart from that, teachers need to communicate with other teachers and parents to ensure a successful learning among students.

4. Knowledgeable

Teachers must be fully equipped with the subjects that they are teaching. This is because students are very curious and inquisitive. Therefore, teachers must be able to answer all sorts of related questions to ensure students get the full knowledge and pass in their examinations.

5. Bring fun into classroom

Many students associate school with boredom. Therefore, teachers must bring fun into the classroom to instill excitement and anticipation among the students so they look forward to each session. Teachers must not only use traditional textbooks but incorporate modern technology such as Youtube videos, games and slideshows during teaching.

Types of Teachers

There are 3 types of teachers: Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School teacher and Secondary School teacher. These teachers are teaching in 3 different levels thus, the tasks that they carry also vary according to the level of students.

Students: Aged 5 years and below

Roles and Responsibilities:

– Help to develop:

  • Language
  • Vocabulary
  • Elementary numeracy
  • Physical Skills
  • Social Skills

Students: Aged 6 – 12 years old

Roles and Responsibilities:

– Teach:

  • Basic Numeracy,
  • Basic Literacy,
  • Social Science,
  • Physical Education

– Develop students’ abilities, interests and coordinate through mode of creative abilities

Students: Aged 13 – 18 years old

Roles and Responsibilities:

– Teach in one specialised subject

– Promote student intellectual and personal growth

– Plan and evaluate student performance

If you like children then the suitable role for you are either Early Childhood Teacher or Primary School Teacher. But if you prefer to deal with teenagers then you can choose to teach in High School. Bear in mind, your education will determine which students you are allowed to teach. Therefore, it is important to make the right decision on your education. Now let us check the education pathway to become a teacher in Australia.

What is the Education Pathway to Become a Teacher in Australia?

For those who want to become a teacher but took a different undergraduate degree and do not have the Bachelor of Education, can further their study in Master of Teaching.

Bear in mind, Master of Education is not the same with Master of Teaching. A Master of Education does not allow you to become a registered teacher in Australia, therefore the IELTS requirements are lower compared to Master of Teaching. Meanwhile, earning a Master of Teaching allows you to teach and thus, most universities require a higher IELTS score.

Duration: 1- 2 years

Career Prospects:

  • Management positions in educational settings
  • Policy making roles and responsibilities within government and non government organisations

Duration: 2 years

Career Prospects:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

What are the Recommended Universities for Education Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Australia?

Monash University

This university is the best university in Australia and 12th in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education. Not only that, Bachelor of Education (Honours) by Monash University is accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and Victorian Institute of Teaching. This university also allows you to choose to specialise in early childhood, primary or secondary education.

Program

Bachelor of Education (Honours)

Intake

February

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.5

A-Level: 8

STPM: Best 3 subjects

UEC: Best 5 subjects

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 34,000

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

Master of Teaching

Intake

February

Duration

2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.0

Undergraduate degree: 60% 

Additional assessment: CASPer test

Annual Indicative Fees (2020) 

AUD$ 32,600

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Deakin University

5th best university in Australia and 32th globally according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education. The Early Years course are accredited by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) while the Primary course are accredited by Victorian Institute of Teaching. 

Program

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Intake

March

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.0

A-Level: 6

STPM: 2.7

UEC: Not more than 21

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 29,400

Deakin University also required all applicants to complete an additional selection tool, CASPer test, to measure non academic suitability for teaching. But do not worry, we can help you and for other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary)

Intake

March

Duration

2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

An approved undergraduate degree

Additional assessment: CASPer test

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 29,400

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education ranked UTS 11th best university in Australia and Top 100 globally. This course is accredited by New South Wales – NSW Education Standards Authority and allows you to choose which course you would like to specialise either in Primary or Secondary.

Program

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education 

Intake

February

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

A-Level: 7

STPM: 3 subjects

Annual Indicative Fees (2020) 

AUD$ 31,800

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

Master of Teaching in Secondary Education 

Intake

February

Duration

2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

An approved undergraduate degree

Annual Indicative Fees (2020) 

AUD$ 16,950

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Griffith University

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education ranked this university 14th best university in Australia and Top 150 globally. If you opt for Primary Education, Griffith University allows you to major either in Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education or Special Needs Education. This course is accredited by Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Early Childhood Major is recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACEQA).

Program

Bachelor of Education 

Intake

February & June

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

A-Level/ STPM: 7

UEC: 17

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 29,500

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

  • Master of Primary Teaching
  • Master of Secondary Teaching

Intake

February

Duration

1.5- 2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

An approved undergraduate degree

Additional assessment: Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 29,00

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

ECU is ranked the 20th in Australia and top 200 in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education. The Early Childhood Studies that offered by ECU is accredited by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACEQA) and the course is professionally approved by Western Australia – Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

Program

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Intake

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Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

A-Level: 5

STPM: 3.0

UEC: B3

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 30,750

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Studies)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Intake

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Duration

2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

An approved undergraduate degree

Additional assessment: Non- Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE)

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 30,700 – 30,750

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Education ranked UTAS on 27th in Australia and Top 300 globally. The Early Childhood course is accredited by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACEQA) and the two courses are accredited by Tasmania – Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

Program

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Intake

February

Duration

4 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

A-Level/STPM: 7

UEC: 25

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 30,950

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

Program

Master of Teaching

Intake

February

Duration

2 years

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 7.5

An approved undergraduate degree

Additional assessment: Non- Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT)

Annual Indicative Fees (2020)

AUD$ 30,950

For other entry requirements other than stated above, or on how to apply, contact us 😃

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