Teacher education courses
As a prerequisite for teaching in a NSW public school you will need to complete teacher education studies at a recognised Australian teacher education institution. In your final two semesters you can apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools.
Note: In 2019 the approval to teach process underwent change to ensure our students have access to high-quality teachers.
This included new online enhancements to streamline the submission of your application and supporting documentation and new requirements all teachers need to meet to be granted approval to teach in NSW public schools.
Information and advice about the enhanced requirements for new graduates and experienced teachers will be updated and available throughout the year.
Find a teacher education course
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) works closely with tertiary institutions to assess teacher education courses. The following institutions offer approved teacher education courses in NSW.
- Alphacrucis College
- Australian Catholic University (Strathfield Campus)
- Australian College of Physical Education
- Avondale University College
- Charles Sturt University
- Excelsia College
- Macquarie University
- Southern Cross University
- University of Newcastle
- University of New England
- University of New South Wales
- University of Notre Dame - Sydney
- University of Sydney
- University of Sydney - Conservatorium of Music
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- Western Sydney University.
Types of courses
Teacher education courses vary and are structured and delivered in different ways. Some institutions offer degrees combining undergraduate studies with education studies undertaken later in the double degree. Many institutions offer postgraduate teaching courses that complement undergraduate studies. The course(s) you choose will depend on the type of teacher you wish to become, the course entry requirements and the delivery mode offered, such as full-time, part-time, on-campus or distance education.
The NESA website lists the approved teacher education programs in NSW. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership website also lists approved teacher education courses.
Choose a course
Be sure to thoroughly research the teacher education courses available to you, including the course entry requirements and modes of delivery. Make sure the course you study will enable you to gain approval to teach in NSW public schools. The NESA website has tips for choosing a teacher education course.
Still debating whether or not teaching is the right career choice for you? Find out more about teaching as a career and the types of teachers that are in high-demand on the explore teaching webpage.