Specialist teachers

Specialist teachers are primary and secondary teachers who have expertise in a particular field, such as special education, career advising, school counselling, teacher librarianship and teaching English as a second language (ESL).

Types of specialist teachers

Special education teachers

Special education teachers are qualified to teach students (Kindergarten to Year 12) who have additional learning and support needs. They develop and deliver specialised learning programs for students who have a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.

Special education teachers are in high-demand in NSW public schools.

School counsellors

School counsellors are experienced teachers who have an accredited degree in psychology and post-graduate qualifications in school counselling. They work with students of all ages and their families, from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Their work includes counselling students, assessing students' learning and behaviour, helping families make informed decisions about their child's education, identifying impediments to students' learning and liaising with external agencies regarding students' wellbeing.

School counsellors are in high-demand in NSW public schools.

Careers advisers

Careers advisers are secondary trained teachers who have undertaken an approved course of study in career education. They provide information, guidance and advice to help students explore their education and career options, create a resume, search for jobs, apply for jobs and/or apply for further study. Career advisers liaise with parents, teachers, employers, community agencies and training providers.

Teacher librarians

Teacher librarians are trained teachers who have also undertaken an approved course of study in teacher librarianship. They build effective library and information management services in schools by working collaboratively with teachers to help students access and utilise information.

ESL teachers

Students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds who learn English as a second language (ESL) may need extra support in the classroom. ESL teachers provide targeted English language instruction to help students develop their literacy and English language skills. ESL teachers are qualified primary or secondary teachers who have completed approved TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) studies.


Find out what teachers get paid in NSW public schools.

Employment prospects

At present, there is an adequate supply of specialist teachers in NSW public schools, except in specialist areas mentioned above and high-demand locations.

To increase your employment prospects as a teacher in NSW public schools, consider becoming a high-demand teacher or teaching in high-demand locations.

Next steps

Find out how to become a teacher in NSW public schools.