Mathematics helps to develop a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. Mathematics teachers in NSW public schools teach a common course to students in Years 7 to 8 and a range of courses to students in Years 9 to 12.
Demand for mathematics teachers
Mathematics teachers are in high-demand not just in NSW public schools, but throughout Australia and overseas. The employment prospects of graduating mathematics teachers is high due to a decreasing supply of mathematics teachers throughout NSW, as identified in the Department of Education's 2015 Teaching Workforce Supply and Demand (PDF 729 KB). Demand is also particularly high in high-demand locations, including Western Sydney, south-west Sydney and rural and remote NSW.
Attributes of great mathematics teachers
Mathematics is one of those subjects that some students love and others claim to hate. A great mathematics teacher can be the difference between a student loving maths and a student wishing they could skip their mathematics class!
Great mathematics teachers make their classrooms a place that students want to be. They have the ability to communicate complex mathematical concepts at a level that every student can grasp. They give students who struggle with mathematics the confidence to grow and develop their mathematical abilities. They regularly breathe new life into the subject by staying up-to-date with the best practices in mathematics education. Students of great mathematics teachers understand how useful and important mathematics is in everyday life.
How to decide if you should be a mathematics teacher
If you enjoy the challenge of taking apart a problem, dissecting it into little pieces and then putting it all back together again to solve the problem in a way that makes sense, you should think about teaching mathematics. If you can describe difficult concepts in simple terms, enjoy helping others understand what may seem difficult to them and have the ability to apply mathematics to real situations, you could become a very valuable mathematics teacher.
How to become a mathematics teacher
Whether you're a student or a career changer you will need to complete a number of steps to become a teacher in a NSW public school.
Get paid to become a mathematics teacher
Scholarships are available to HSC students, university students and industry professionals considering becoming a mathematics teacher. Find out how you can get paid to study to become a mathematics teacher in NSW public schools!
The STEM Scholarship for Science & Mathematics is also available to current teachers who would like to become a mathematics teacher.