||Overview of Primary Teaching
Primary teachers have the rewarding job of creating a foundation for lifelong learning in their students.
Primary teaching jobs involve teaching the full range of subjects to children such as English, mathematics, creative arts, and physical education, as well as encouraging emotional and intellectual development.
There are several ways to qualify as a primary teacher but all involve the successful completion of a bachelor degree.
Studying Primary Teaching
There are a few different study paths available to students wanting to qualify as a primary teacher. Many universities offer a four-year Bachelor of Education, with a major in Primary Education.
It is also possible to fulfill requirements by completing a three-year Bachelor degree with one extra year of professional studies, such as a Master of Teaching.
Finally, you can study primary teaching in a dual degree, such as a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary).
Most educational degrees include a period of work experience, during which students will spend time teaching in a real classroom environment under supervision.
Careers in Primary Teaching
There are opportunities within primary education to diversify and advance, such as promotion to deputy or school principal. Primary teachers are able to work in either public or private schools, but can also specialise in institutions like health organisations, or within educational support.
Demand is high for teachers at all levels in Australia, with the highest need in rural and regional areas.
Skills needed in Primary Teaching
Those who work within primary schools must enjoy working with children, be organized and creative, and have great communication skills.
Patience and a sense of humour will also go a long way in a primary teaching career.
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