Overseas-trained teachers

If you have completed teacher education studies at a tertiary institution outside of Australia and would like to teach in NSW public schools, you will need to get accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and be approved to teach by the NSW Department of Education. To get accredited by BOSTES, you will need to have completed a minimum of four years of tertiary study and have been awarded a teaching qualification. Refer to the BOSTES website for more information about accreditation for overseas-trained teachers.  

If your teacher education studies were completed in a country where English is not the main language, you will need to be able to demonstrate that your English language proficiency is of a standard which would enable you to teach and interact effectively and confidently in a NSW school. If you did not complete a full four years of tertiary study from a country where English is the main language, you will be required to undertake the Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) Test. This is a requirement to gain an approval to teach in NSW public schools. Teaching experience in a country were English is the main language will not be considered for exemption purposes. BOSTES will advise you if you need to undertake PEAT. Note: to apply for permanent teaching positions in NSW public schools, you will need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.