Secondary School Teacher

Inspire and teach secondary school students in a variety of subject areas.

Secondary School Teacher

To qualify as a secondary school teacher:

Step 1
Complete an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree with sufficient units in disciplines related to the school curriculum. See our FAQs for details.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Teaching (Secondary) to qualify as a secondary school teacher.

Secondary school teachers:

  • prepare daily lessons and long-term teaching programs in accordance with state or territory system guidelines
  • teach using a variety of methods including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and
  • excursions, taking into account the differences in individual students
  • use digital and information technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching and reporting; set tests and exams, projects, assignments and homework, mark and correct assessments, and sort the results
  • evaluate and report on the progress of students and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parents
  • establish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms
  • supervise extra classes when other teachers are absent
  • supervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breaks
  • carry out relevant administrative duties
  • attend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activities
  • coordinate work experience and school-industry programs
  • participate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent/teacher nights, school council and other committees
  • assist in organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursions
  • coordinate administrative support programs and the work of non-teaching staff in schools
  • keep in touch and network with other teachers
  • work with other staff to revise the school's policies and curriculum to reflect changing student needs and government initiatives.

As a secondary school teacher you can work in government and non-government schools and colleges. You could also work offering tutorial and subject-coaching services to students.


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Undergraduate Courses To Become

Secondary School Teacher

Recommended major/s to pursue this career

You must complete sufficient units in one or more disciplines relevant to a subject in the secondary school curriculum during your undergraduate degree. Examples of relevant disciplines are listed below. Seek enrolment advice from the Design and Education Student Office to ensure you will meet the requirements.
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Secondary School Teacher

Coursework courses to pursue this career

Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.