Primary School Teacher

Educate primary school children to develop literacy and numeracy skills and help guide their physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth.

Primary School Teacher

Primary School Teacher

Roles and responsibilities

Primary school teachers:

  • prepare daily and longer-term lesson plans in accordance with curriculum guidelines
  • teach a full range of learning areas including English (reading, writing, speaking and listening), mathematics, science, technology, society and environment, creative arts, personal development, health and physical education
  • develop children's interests, abilities and coordination using creative activities such as art, music and sport
  • use computers and digital technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching and reporting
  • develop and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms
  • carry out administrative duties
  • supervise students during classes and at other times in the school day, including in the playground during breaks
  • attend staff meetings and other training and development sessions
  • take part in joint decision-making about educational issues
  • assess and evaluate student progress in written and oral work
  • discuss student progress and concerns with parents and administrators
  • assist and organise sporting activities, school concerts and excursions
  • prepare for and attend parent/teacher interviews and other functions

You may find competition for positions as a primary school teacher in metropolitan government and private schools to be very strong. You should be prepared to move to areas of need (such as rural areas) to secure a job or obtain promotion to senior positions. Once employed, the prospects for advancement can be enhanced by obtaining higher qualifications.

Source: myFuture

Primary school teachers:

  • prepare daily and longer-term lesson plans in accordance with curriculum guidelines
  • teach a full range of learning areas including English (reading, writing, speaking and listening), mathematics, science, technology, society and environment, creative arts, personal development, health and physical education
  • develop children's interests, abilities and coordination using creative activities such as art, music and sport
  • use computers and digital technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching and reporting
  • develop and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms
  • carry out administrative duties
  • supervise students during classes and at other times in the school day, including in the playground during breaks
  • attend staff meetings and other training and development sessions
  • take part in joint decision-making about educational issues
  • assess and evaluate student progress in written and oral work
  • discuss student progress and concerns with parents and administrators
  • assist and organise sporting activities, school concerts and excursions
  • prepare for and attend parent/teacher interviews and other functions

You may find competition for positions as a primary school teacher in metropolitan government and private schools to be very strong. You should be prepared to move to areas of need (such as rural areas) to secure a job or obtain promotion to senior positions. Once employed, the prospects for advancement can be enhanced by obtaining higher qualifications.

Source: myFuture

Primary School Teacher

How to qualify

Step 1
Complete an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree with sufficient units related to the school curriculum.
Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Teaching (Primary).

You can apply for a bachelor's degree and a Master of Teaching at the same time with our primary teaching pathways.

Primary School Teacher
Undergraduate Courses To Become

Primary School Teacher

Recommended major/s to pursue this career

You must complete a sufficient number of units in areas relevant to the primary school curriculum during your undergraduate degree. Relevant disciplines include:
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Primary School Teacher

Coursework courses to pursue this career

This course is required to pursue this career: