Teaching is an important and well regarded profession within our community and people from all walks of life find it a professionally and personally rewarding career choice.
It is a unique profession because everyone has been in a school setting and seen teachers in action, even if just as a school student. But do you really know what teachers do, where teachers work and what kinds of teachers there are?
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers comprise seven Standards which outline what teachers should know and be able to do.
While the principal provides educational leadership for the school and sets the general direction and ethos for all staff, students and community members, teachers play a key role in delivery of quality education to students including:
Each day, teachers:
Queensland state school teachers work in many different types of schools and educational settings to support learners with a diverse range of ages, cultures, learning needs and interests.
The settings that most people are familiar with include:
There are also a range of school sites in Queensland that offer specialist and innovative education programs where teacher can be employed. These include:
There are many different types of teachers. If you have an interest in a specific subject area, or enjoy working with a particular age group, you may be suited to a specialist area of teaching.
If you like
You could become a
spending time with young children
Early childhood teacher or primary teacher
working with adolescents
Junior Secondary teacher
mathematics, reasoning or problem solving
Secondary mathematics teacher
physics, chemistry, biology, or marine science
Secondary science teacher
woodwork, metalwork or graphic design
Secondary industrial technology and design teacher
helping people who have special needs
Special education or learning Support teacher
dance, drama, music or visual arts
Secondary teacher of creative arts subjects
literature, language, communications, media or writing
Secondary english teacher or english as a second language teacher
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) teacher in primary or secondary schools
sport, physical activity and promoting a healthy lifestyle
Health and Physical Education teacher in primary or secondary schools
For a list of current areas of high priority employment areas, visit our current vacancies page.
Teaching is a career that provides challenges, excitement, personal reward and a chance to encourage and support others to achieve their goals.
There are many personal qualities and skills that make someone a good teacher.
Good teachers know that by listening to and working with colleagues, parents, other professionals and community members that they can inspire students and improve their learning.
If you're interested in hearing about existing teacher experiences, visit our teacher stories.
If you think teaching may be the career for you, learn about teaching in Queensland state schools.
This page was last reviewed on 20 Jan 2014