University students

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

Step 1:

Complete teacher education studies at a recognised Australian teacher education institution. Your studies will need to meet NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a teacher.

Note: As part of your teacher education studies you will likely undertake a practicum placement in a NSW public school. University students are 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.

To support teacher education students, the department has developed a range of resources that communicate mandatory requirements and best practice in completing your school induction.

Step 2:

Gain your accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Step 3:

Apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools with the NSW Department of Education.

Step 4:

Subscribe to JobFeed, a weekly e-newsletter, outlining advertised permanent and temporary teaching positions in NSW public schools.

Get paid to study

The NSW Department of Education offers a number of scholarship programs for high-achieving university students. Find out more about the programs available or subscribe to receive program updates.

Explore teaching

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.