Teachers draw on their in-depth knowledge of behaviour, including why and how people learn the way they do, to tailor learning approaches to the individual.
Your future role
As a teacher, your duties may include:
- creating and teaching lesson plans (individually to students, or in small or larger class groups)
- tracking and monitoring student progress
- presenting information to parents and guardians
- creating assessment tasks
- creating and reinforcing boundaries and 'rules'
- managing student behaviour
- preparing students for their next phase of education
- working with administrative staff.
Skills and experience
The skills and experience that will help get you started in this role include:
- strong planning, project management and organisational skills
- ability to understand how each person learns and progresses differently and customise teaching accordingly
- ability to instruct effectively and explain new ideas and unfamiliar concepts with authority and in a clear and concise way
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- leadership capabilities
- public speaking ability
- strong teamwork skills
- ability to be compassionate and empathetic
- strong problem-solving skills
- ability to think creatively.
Qualifications and requirements
While the skills and knowledge gained while studying psychology are useful in the teaching profession (such as the ability to understand people, including how they learn and what motivates them), you will also need formal teaching qualifications such as:
- an undergraduate teaching course, such as a Bachelor of Education or similar
- a postgraduate teaching course (after completing an undergraduate psychology course, for example), such as a Master of Teaching.
Employers include education providers ranging from early childhood learning centres to primary schools, secondary schools and adult education centres.