Did you know that over 400,000 international students are enrolled in Australian universities?
Among a few of the popular courses in Australia, Teaching and Education courses are chosen by many international students and we see there is a spike in students enrolment rate in recent times. With a rising demand in this profession worldwide, Australian teachers are the most sought after for their skills and expertise after years of rigorous training. Studying Teaching and Education courses in Australia can also help contribute to making a better society by training the minds of young children and adults.
Interested in being one of them? Here's a list of reasons why you must pursue teaching as a career in Australia:
1.Educate young minds
One of the most notable aspects of teaching is gaining the opportunity to inspire young students who are eager to learn and explore the world around them and beyond. You will give wings to their dreams and open up endless possibilities. It is not unusual to hear stories of accomplished individuals who owe their successes to their teachers for the inspiration they have received.
At the end of each session, knowing that you have imparted knowledge to your students and honed their skills is not only a job well done but also a sense of fulfilment. Every year or semester, a batch of new students will come up with flying colours with high scores owing to your teaching. Isn't that exciting? Pursuing a career in teaching not only fulfils your aspirations but also benefits society as a whole.
3.Globally recognised and transferable skills
Due to a high standard of education and advanced Teaching programs, and innovative techniques, Australian teachers are sought after across the country and also overseas. Not to mention the rigorous training students undergo to prepare them for their future careers. This explains why Australian educated and trained teachers have excellent skills in communication, problem-solving, listening and research.
Upon successful completion of your studies, your career can have diverse manifolds as there are plenty of employment opportunities in Australia and across the globe. Often, teaching and non-teaching professionals pursue their careers in:
- Primary schools
- Early childhood education
- Special education schools
- Private and local, and state universities
- Government agencies
- Research firms
- Accredited courses
Aspiring teachers and educators must choose from the list of accredited courses compiled by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). These courses are provided by the teacher regulatory authority of each state/territory, such as the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the state of Victoria.
Following their graduation, international students can apply for provisional registration to be able to start teaching in Australia. Subsequently, they can also work towards full registration through the teacher regulatory authority in each state/territory.
- Australian Capital Territory - Teacher Quality Institute
- Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities
- New South Wales - NSW Education Standards Authority
- Northern Territory - Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
- Queensland - Queensland College of Teachers
- South Australia - Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
- Tasmania - Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
- Victoria - Victorian Institute of Teaching
- Western Australia - Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia
Degrees and courses
International students can choose from an array of courses being offered by reputable universities and institutions in Australia. A few of the degrees and courses you can choose are:
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Special Education
- Master of Teaching (Early Years)
- Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
- Master of Teaching Special Education (Secondary)
From 1 year to 4 years (full time).
- a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
- offer letter from the selected university/institution
- evidence of access to sufficient funds*
- evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover
- all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists.
All aspiring students must demonstrate their academic and non-academic capabilities to develop the skills needed to succeed in their chosen university programs. This step ensures that the most suitable students are selected for the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs and are well-suited in the teaching profession. Students are also asked to take up the CASPer test. It is a 90-minute online non-cognitive test, and it costs $80 per sitting. The personal qualities being tested during the test include:
- Willingness to learn
- Motivation to teach
- Resilience and self-efficacy
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Organisational and planning skills
While there is no standard form of non-academic selection criteria implemented across the country, the information is available in universities' entry requirements. Alternatively, AECC Global's counsellors can guide you through the entry requirements of your university of choice.
In the state of Victoria, the CASPer test is widely used. Other Victorian institutions assess personal attributes in different ways, such as interviews and Teacher Selection Statement (TSS).
Temporary graduate visa
Graduates can apply for a Temporary Graduate visa*. Temporary Graduate visa holders can study, stay and work in Australia temporarily after completing the studies, depending on qualifications, for 18 months to 2 years. An opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences, which may be beneficial while applying for a Permanent Residency.
High demand for Teaching and Education graduates can be seen in the occupations listed consistently in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).
Every year, we help international students achieve their study abroad goals. By providing the best options, students can make an informed decision about their university and courses. When you enrol via AECC Global Nepal, we can help find the most applicable scholarships for you.