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Qualifications and professional registration

To teach in a Western Australian public school, including relief teaching, you must have a recognised tertiary teaching degree.

Teaching qualifications

What qualifications do I need?

This can be either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education in one of the following areas:
    • early childhood education
    • primary education
    • middle years education
    • secondary education
    • other teaching specialisations
       
  • or a minimum of a three year degree, followed by a one year graduate diploma or master in education (by coursework) for a particular age group, for example early childhood, primary or secondary.  Any post-graduate initial teacher education course must be delivered at Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 or above such as the post-graduate diploma (level 8) or Masters degree (level 9).

As an early childhood teacher, you plan and implement education programs for students between four and eight years old (Kindergarten to Year 3).

You must have a recognised early childhood qualification to teach in this area. You can find out if your qualification is recognised by visiting the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

To become an early childhood teacher you need either:

  • a four year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Kindergarten to Year 7 or 0-8 years Early Childhood Education/Childcare)

       or

  • a minimum of a three year degree, followed by a one year Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Master of Early Childhood.

Prior teaching experience may be recognised for the purpose of a salary level increase on appointment. Relevant experience other than teaching may be taken into consideration in unique circumstances, and is based on skills directly related to teaching experience.

Our Recognition of prior service guidelines set out the essential criteria and required format for recognition applications.

Teachers who are five year trained are recognised by the Department of Education. To be deemed five-year trained, teachers must have completed a minimum of 5 years of full-time study in approved courses of higher study. 

The Department’s Recognition as a five-year trained teacher based on qualifications guidelines outline the essential criteria and required format for recognition applications.

In Western Australian public schools, we have introduced new pathways to the school psychology profession. You will be eligible to work as a school psychologist if you:

  • hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and hold a recognised qualification in teaching (minimum one year) or
  • have undertaken a minimum placement of 40 days in the school education sector as part of higher degree studies in psychology

or

  • hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and have worked a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent part-time) as a school psychologist in other jurisdictions(or equivalent position).

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of School Psychology, offered at the University of Western Australia in 2018 will be eligible to work as a school psychologist in public schools from 2019.

Please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia website for information about:

  • approved programs of study in psychology
  • overseas qualifications
  • eligibility for registration as a psychologist.

You must also meet the Department of Education’s eligibility requirements as follows:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have a valid visa with relevant work rights from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • meet the Department of Education’s pre-employment probity checks.
     

Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia is not required to work as a school psychologist.


Professional registration

Teachers

As part of our eligibility requirements, teachers must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRB)

All teachers must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia to teach in Western Australian schools. 

School psychologists

As part of our eligibility requirements, school psychologists must be registered with the the Psychology Board of Australia.