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Primary school teacher

What is it like to be a Primary school teacher?

Primary school teachers educate primary school students aged prep to year 6, teaching them the key areas of the education curriculum to develop the child’s literacy and numeracy skills as well as their personal growth. They prepare daily lessons, set and conduct testing, exams and assignments including student projects, provide student progress reports, among many other duties and tasks.

For more information about a career as a Primary school teacher, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Primary school teachers have the ability to create a supportive environment while being patient and enthusiastic. As a primary school teacher you will have well-developed communication skills and the ability to relate to different ages and ability levels.

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Creative and organised
  • Patient in dealing with students of differing abilities
  • Able to communicate simply and clearly
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours.

To become a Primary school teacher

To be able to become a Primary school teacher, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

Graduates from the USQ Bachelor of Education (Primary) will have met the qualifications requirement for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Please note: To be eligible for teacher registration in Queensland, applicants must have the 'ability to communicate in spoken and written English at a professional level with students, parents, teachers and other persons'.

All students, domestic and international, must complete the majority of supervised professional experience in Australian Primary and/or Secondary school settings.



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