NEWS: There is now a Certificate IV in EAL (Tertiary Preparation) course for teachers to get qualifications assessed, improve English and gain academic skills.

Want to teach in Australian schools?

Want to become an Australian secondary or primary school teacher?

SICLE is offering a pathway to teacher accreditation for current community languages school teachers. The program consists of a tertiary preparation course (Cert IV in EAL – Tertiary Preparation) leading into a Master of Teaching program at Western Sydney University. The Master of Teaching program qualifies you as primary or secondary teacher. You receive HECS-supported places if you’re an Australia citizen.

Many teachers in Community Languages schools with qualifications in Business, IT or other areas want to become teachers in Australia; many teachers with overseas training also want to re-enter teaching in Australia.

All teachers in Australia must have four years of tertiary study. They train as teachers of early childhood, primary or secondary education.

*Applicants for the program must be Australian permanent residents or citizens.

Early childhood teachers work with children in their formative years (typically aged between two and five). They introduce them to the school environment and help them to develop key skills that provide the basis for all future learning

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Primary teachers in Australia teach all subjects from Kindergarten to Year 6 to children generally aged between 5 and 11. They need to study in many curriculum areas. Teachers can specialise in Languages, Maths, Science and Technology or English after they train as generalist teachers.

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Secondary teachers are generally trained in two subject areas and need to have two or three years tertiary study in these subjects. They teach students aged from 11 to 18.

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You may need more training to teach in Australia. We offer Master of Teaching Programs to help upgrade your qualifications. The Master of Teaching at WSU is a 2.5 to 3 year program (depending on your individual pathway) for secondary teachers. The programs run on weekends, week nights, school holidays and online to suit your family and work commitments.

Approval to Teach / English Profiency

Approval to teach. When teachers have the required years of study, they apply to NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) for accreditation to teach in government or non-government schools. Assessment of qualifications is free.

English Proficiency. To become a teacher you need to have a level of English equivalent to 7.5 in IELTS (8 in speaking and listening) or an equivalent other test (e.g. ISLPR). All teachers who have any tertiary education that counts towards accreditation in a country where English is not the official language must show evidence of their English language proficiency.

Attend Session

SICLE runs free information sessions each year about these programs. If you want to attend one of these sessions face to face or online please use the link below to provide your details.