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 17.2%, since 2011, and 37.3% since 2006. Some careers, like early childhood education, have grown 76.03% since 2006.

Primary School Teacher
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?

  • 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?

Starts at $44,042 and progresses to $94,980 depending on your experience.

How does a Primary School Teacher get trained?

At school by

  1. Doing a year 10 work experience with an employer in careers that teach.
  2. Completing a Senior VCAL pass and applying for acceptance at Deakin University through interview and portfolio presentation.
  3. Achieving the ATAR required for Undergraduate education (primary) entrance.

At the Gordon TAFE or other registered training organisation by

  1. 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

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

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How do I get experience?

At school, look for year 10 work experience opportunities. Ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator about a Year 11 /Year 12 Structured Workplace learning placement. For examples check out the Education Department Website.

Left school or seeking a new career in this trending industry?

You can ask a careers that teach employer, like your local school, after school program or early childhood education provider for a voluntary work opportunity. You will need a working with children’s check.

Keep an eye on Geelong Careers for traineeship or apprenticeships opportunities. Experience will help you stand out. And don’t forget 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
  • Library
  • ICT
  • Student support: autism, disability teaching, literacy, numeracy specialism