University students

Uni students, this is your step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher in a NSW public school

If you're currently studying a non-teacher education course but are thinking about becoming a teacher, you will first need to decide what type of teacher you would like to become and what teacher education course you will need to complete.
Note: Becoming a qualified teacher in a high-demand subject area would increase your chances of gaining employment in NSW public schools.

  1. Complete teacher education studies at a recognised Australian teacher education institution. Your studies will need to meet the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a teacher. The NSW Department of Education has a number of programs on offer for university students to apply for a scholarship and get paid to study to become teachers of high-demand subject areas in high-demand metropolitan or rural and remote locations.

    Note: In order to undertake a practicum placement in any NSW public school, students are now required to complete and sign a Declaration for Child Related Work – Tertiary Practicum Students and have a WWCC clearance verified by the department for Working with Children Check compliance. For more information view the Declaration for Child-Related Work – Tertiary Practicum Student Factsheet.

  2. Get accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
  3. Apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools.
  4. Subscribe to our JobFeed email service and receive weekly updates on advertised teaching positions in NSW public schools.

Get paid to study

We have a number of programs available offering financial incentives and support for uni students wishing to teach in NSW public schools. You could get paid while you study and be guaranteed a permanent teaching position when you graduate.

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Explore teaching

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.