Secondary School Teacher

Inspire and teach secondary school students in a variety of subject areas.

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a secondary 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 Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching - Coursework (Secondary) to qualify as a secondary school teacher.

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


Secondary school teachers:

  • prepare daily lessons and long-term teaching programs in accordance with state or territory system guidelines
  • teach using a variety of methods including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and excursions, taking into account the differences in individual students
  • use digital and information technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching and reporting; set tests and exams, projects, assignments and homework, mark and correct assessments, and sort the results
  • evaluate and report on the progress of students and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parents
  • establish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms
  • supervise extra classes when other teachers are absent
  • supervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breaks
  • carry out relevant administrative duties
  • attend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activities
  • coordinate work experience and school-industry programs
  • participate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent/teacher nights, school council and other committees
  • assist in organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursions
  • coordinate administrative support programs and the work of non-teaching staff in schools
  • keep in touch and network with other teachers
  • work with other staff to revise the school's policies and curriculum to reflect changing student needs and government initiatives.

As a secondary school teacher you can work in government and non-government schools and colleges. You could also work in private practice, offering tutorial and subject-coaching services to students.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a secondary 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 Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching - Coursework (Secondary) to qualify as a secondary school teacher.

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


Secondary school teachers:

  • prepare daily lessons and long-term teaching programs in accordance with state or territory system guidelines
  • teach using a variety of methods including formal lessons, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects, assignments and excursions, taking into account the differences in individual students
  • use digital and information technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching and reporting; set tests and exams, projects, assignments and homework, mark and correct assessments, and sort the results
  • evaluate and report on the progress of students and discuss individual performance and problems with students and parents
  • establish and maintain good working habits and discipline in classrooms
  • supervise extra classes when other teachers are absent
  • supervise students in the yard during lunchtime and other breaks
  • carry out relevant administrative duties
  • attend staff meetings, educational conferences and other professional development activities
  • coordinate work experience and school-industry programs
  • participate in other activities in partnership with parents and the school community, including parent/teacher nights, school council and other committees
  • assist in organising sporting events, camping trips and other excursions
  • coordinate administrative support programs and the work of non-teaching staff in schools
  • keep in touch and network with other teachers
  • work with other staff to revise the school's policies and curriculum to reflect changing student needs and government initiatives.

As a secondary school teacher you can work in government and non-government schools and colleges. You could also work in private practice, offering tutorial and subject-coaching services to students.

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Secondary School Teacher

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Secondary School Teacher

Course work courses to pursue this career
Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.

Relevant postgraduate courses include: