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Become a teacher in NSW

Teaching is a rewarding profession that can change lives. To help ensure that NSW prepares quality teachers, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) accredits teaching degrees. This includes setting prerequisites for admission to both four year teaching degrees and graduate entry teaching degrees.

How to become a primary school teacher

There are a number of ways to become a primary school teacher in NSW. Read what qualifications and university subjects are required to teach in a primary school.

How to become a primary school teacher

How to become a high school teacher

There are a number of ways to become a high school (secondary) teacher in NSW. Read what qualifications and university subjects are required to teach each high school subject.

How to become a high school teacher

Find an approved teaching course

BOSTES accredits all teaching degrees in NSW. This makes sure that these degrees meet the requirements for their graduates to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation to teach in a NSW school.

Find an accredited teaching degree

Tips for choosing a teaching degree

There are many universities and higher education providers in NSW and Australia offering accredited teaching degrees. It’s important to find a teaching degree and institution that matches your needs.

Tips for choosing a teaching degree

Work as a teacher in NSW

Once you have your teaching qualifications, and have been provisionally or conditionally accredited, you can apply for teaching jobs with either the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) which is the public school system, Catholic schools or independent schools.

More about finding work as a teacher in NSW

Raising university entry standards for future teachers

From 2016, prospective students will need to meet increased academic standards to be offered a place in a NSW accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

Read the new prerequisites for teaching degrees flyer (HTML)

Literacy and numeracy tests

From 2016, all teacher education students will be required to pass literacy and numeracy tests to begin their final professional experience placement.  

Read the 'Literacy and numeracy tests for teacher education students' flyer (HTML)