What Do Early Childhood Teachers Do?
What is a Career in Education?
The Australian education sector comprises a wide range of institutions, including primary and secondary schools, higher education/tertiary, and vocational education and training (VET) colleges. The majority of roles in the education industry are school teachers (both primary and secondary), education aides and/or special education teachers, along with university lecturers and tutors.
However, to be a great teacher, you need more than just qualifications. Teachers need to enjoy being around kids and youth; enthusiastic and creative to engage students; patient and committed; and able to keep order in the classroom through disciplinary measures. Teaching can require lots of energy and hard work, however the rewards are well worth it. In order to help you excel in your career as a teacher, you need to choose the best education courses to study.
“Children and youth in every town and city around Australia need good teachers and teacher’s aides. By studying a course in education, you’ll be setting yourself up for a rewarding career that can lead to you working anywhere in Australia, or even the world.”
What Qualifications Will I Need?
There is a number of education courses available, some of which offer several areas of specialisation including early childhood education, special needs education and other teaching specialties, such as geography and history. Short courses can help you stay up-to-date with modern teaching methods and education developments, as well as courses to help you extend your career prospects.
Some courses can be studied online, while others are campus-based qualifications. Furthermore, some courses are VET-FEE-HELP approved, making them more affordable than ever.
- A Certificate III (Education Support) trains you in the skills required to become a teacher aide. Teachers’ aides work in public and independent schools, as well as community education settings.
- The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to work anywhere in Australia as an accredited childcare worker. By law, every childcare worker in Australia must have this qualification. You will study safety, nutrition, legal considerations, and children’s developmental needs.
- The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you how to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services. You will also learn how to deal with the day-to-day management of early childhood facilities. For a higher qualification level, you can choose from a range of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degrees.
- Gaining a B.Ed in Early Childhood will enable you to teach children aged six weeks to eight years, in childcare centres, kindergartens, and primary schools.
- The B.Ed. in Primary teaching qualifies you to teach in primary schools and early childhood settings across the country. The degree integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will learn about digital literacy, how to plan lessons and manage the classroom, and how to recognise learning difficulties and special education needs
- The B.Ed. in Physical Health Education (PHE) will equip you to become a PHE teacher. This qualification will arm you with unique skills when entering the workforce, including an in-depth knowledge regarding movement and health.
- For more qualifications in more specialised areas of teaching and learning, you can enrol in any number of Graduate Certificate courses. They specialise in teaching Middle Years (years 5-8), Secondary (years 7 to 12), and Tertiary, as well as in various subjects such as geography, history or mathematics.
- For educators wishing to advance their careers even further, the Master of Education will build upon your professional knowledge, providing an emphasis on critical and independent thinking. The Masters of Teaching (Primary) will equip you with advanced knowledge of key issues, policies and theoretical concepts impacting primary education in Australia and global contexts.
Where will it Take me?
Qualifications in the Education sector can lead to a wide range of rewarding jobs. Some of the more common roles include:
- Education Aide
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Physical Health and Education Teacher
- School Principal
- School Assistant Principal
- University Lecturer or Tutor
Other career paths you may take could include:
- Education Manager
- Education Program Manager
- Special Education Teacher
- Education Program Director
- Education Coordinator
Some factors influence employment growth in the industry, including the number of school-age children, school retention rates, and government policy. Currently, Australia has a skills shortage affecting education; which means the demand for qualified education specialists is high.
Children and youth in every town and city around Australia need good teachers and teacher’s aides. By studying a course in education, you’ll be setting yourself up for a rewarding career that can lead to you working anywhere in Australia, or even the world.