Teacher qualifications and registration
To teach in a Western Australian public school, including relief teaching, you must have a recognised tertiary teaching degree.
Teaching qualifications 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 Graduate Diploma or Master of Teaching 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).
All teachers must be registered with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) to teach in Western Australia.
As an early childhood teacher, you plan and implement education programs for students between four and eight years old (Kindergarten to Year 2).
You must have a recognised tertiary teaching degree to teach in a public school. Our early childhood teachers also have a recognised early childhood qualification. Some of these pathways include:
- a four year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Kindergarten to Year 6 or 0-8 years Early Childhood Education/Childcare);
- a three year degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma or Master of Teaching specialising in early childhood education;
- a Department recognised primary teaching degree and an ACECQA approved diploma level (or higher) education and care qualification.
You can find out if your early childhood education qualification is recognised by visiting the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Overseas trained teachers need to apply to ACECQA to have their qualifications recognised for use in Western Australia.