Becoming a teacher

All teachers in Queensland schools must hold teacher registration with the QCT. To be eligible for registration, you must have appropriate qualifications, meet the English language proficiency requirements (if applicable) and meet the suitability to teach criteria.

You can qualify by studying an initial teacher education program, which incorporates learning how to teach and practical experience in schools. There are many different programs offered by Queensland and interstate universities.

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After your registration has been granted, you are eligible to seek employment in any Queensland school.

Pathways into teaching

There are a number of different pathways to become a teacher in Queensland depending on your previous qualifications and circumstances.

School leavers

Pathways open to school leavers include the following:

Complete an approved four-year undergraduate preservice teacher education degree (e.g. a preservice Bachelor of Education) that includes at least one year of professional studies in education.

Enrol to study two degrees at the same time (dual degree), e.g. a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Education.

Complete an academic degree in a non-education area (e.g. a Bachelor of Science) and then complete an approved postgraduate preservice teacher education degree program (e.g. Master of Teaching).

People with a degree in a non-education field

Complete an approved postgraduate preservice teacher education degree program (e.g. Master of Teaching)

People with a vocational qualification

You may be granted credit at a higher education institution for relevant vocational studies, professional experience and training towards an approved undergraduate preservice teacher education degree.

People with interstate qualifications

Preservice teacher education programs undertaken in other Australian states may also be acceptable for teacher registration in Queensland. You can receive advice on suitable preservice teacher education programs by contacting the QCT.

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Entry requirements for teacher education programs

Programs which provide the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for those entering the profession are referred to as preservice or initial teacher education (ITE) programs.

All applicants to ITE programs must meet the relevant non-academic and academic program entry requirements.


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