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 submit a Tertiary Practicum Student Application form online and upload your identification documents in order for your WWCC clearance to be verified by the department for Working with Children Check compliance. For more information view the WWCC Requirements for Tertiary Practicum Students 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.