Primary School Teacher
Geelong has grown into an education hub. With growing schools, University and TAFE training capacity, Education and Training is the third fastest growing employer in our region. Overall numbers of teachers and trainers are up 13.74%. Some careers, like early childhood education, have grown 76.03% since 2006. There are are than 7,000 local people employed in careers that teach.
What does a Primary School Teacher do?
- Teaches classes of students from prep to Grade six
- Classroom management
- Behavior management
- Teaches a range of subjects: literacy, numeracy, science, PE, music
What do I need to be good at?
- 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?
Graduate teacher starts at around $55,000 and progresses to $85,000 depending on experience and training.
How does a Primary School Teacher get trained?
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 Deakin University through interview and portfolio presentation.
- Achieving the ATAR required for Undergraduate education (primary) entrance.
At the Gordon 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.
- You can take an undergraduate degree at university in primary school education.
How do I get experience?
Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRYVC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a careers that teach employer, like your local school for a voluntary work opportunity. You will need a working with children’s check.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.
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
- Student support: autism, disability teaching, literacy, numeracy specialism