HSC students

students walking down a path

HSC students, this is your step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher in a NSW public school

  1. Decide what type of teacher you would like to become. Note: Becoming a teacher of a high-demand subject area would increase your chances of employment in NSW public schools.
  2. Find out what teacher education course you will need to complete in order to become the type of teacher you want to be. You may need to study specific subjects in high school in order to gain entrance to the university degree you choose to study. Your school's careers adviser should be able to help you select the subjects you need to study. Note: to teach in NSW public schools, you will need to complete teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university or tertiary institution. Your studies will need to meet the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a teacher. The Department has a number of programs on offer whereby future teachers get paid to study to become teachers of high-demand subject areas and in high-demand locations.
  3. Apply for admission to the university course you've decided to study through the University Admissions Centre
  4. Complete your HSC. Note: you will need to achieve three Band 5s, including in English, to enter a teacher education university course
  5. Complete your teacher education studies - share your teaching journey via Instagram with #teachnsw
  6. Apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools through the Graduate Recruitment Program
  7. Get accredited by NESA
  8. Apply for advertised teaching positions in NSW public schools.

Get paid to study

We have a number of programs available to support HSC students wishing to teach in NSW public schools. You could get paid while you study and be guaranteed a permanent teaching position with a:

  • Teacher Education Scholarship
  • Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal
  • Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetship.

Explore teaching

Still debating whether or not teaching is the right career choice for you? Find out more about teaching as a career and the types of teachers that are in high-demand on the explore teaching webpage.