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

To qualify as a primary school teacher:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Teaching - Coursework (Primary) to qualify as a primary school teacher.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


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

To qualify as a primary school teacher:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Teaching - Coursework (Primary) to qualify as a primary school teacher.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


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

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Primary School Teacher

Required major/s to pursue this career
You must have a degree with a major in the subject you wish to teach and this subject must be found in the school curriculum.
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Primary School Teacher

Course work courses to pursue this career