Secondary school teacher


What they do

Secondary school teachers teach one or a number of subject areas to students in Years 7 to 12.

Specialisations include: Kaiako Kura Tuarua (NZ), Physical education (PE) teacher, Secondary School Teacher-Librarian

Working conditions

Secondary school teachers work in high schools and senior campuses. They usually work regular teaching hours, but are expected to work additional hours to prepare for classes, attend staff meetings and undertake administrative tasks such as marking and writing reports. They may also be required to work additional hours to take students on excursions or camps, or to attend assemblies, graduations or other school functions. Secondary school teachers are also expected to attend professional development seminars and sessions.

Tools and technologies

Secondary school teachers use a range of educational teachnologies and tools to develop and deliver learning, such as white boards, workbooks and textbooks, audio-visual texts and equipment, and a range of other teaching aids. They also use computers and other office equipment, and may also, depending on their role, use materials or equipment that is relevant to the subject area in which they teach, such as art and craft supplies, sports equipment, film and video or photographic equipment, or other teaching aids relevant to their specialisation.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a secondary school teacher, you usually need to study a degree in secondary education. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a relevant secondary school study area, followed by a postgraduate qualification in secondary education.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as secondary school teacher in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). You will need to obtain a Working with Children Check from the Department of Communities and undergo a National Police History Check (NPHC) conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit.