Inspire and teach secondary school students in a variety of subject areas.
Secondary school teachers:
As a secondary school teacher you can work in government and non-government schools and colleges. You could also work in private practice, offering tutorial and subject-coaching services to students.
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
Relevant majors include:
Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.
Relevant postgraduate courses include:
Head of Biology, Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont WA
BSc (major in Anatomy and Human Biology, minors in Mathematics and Zoology) UWA; BSc (Honours in Anatomy and Human Biology) UWA; Graduate Diploma of Education, WACAE (now ECU); MSc (coursework in Anatomy and Human Biology) UWA; Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science, UWA.
I always intended to teach, although I did my Dip.Ed prior to my Honours degree in case I’d had enough study after four years - which I hadn’t! I started teaching at the end of my Honours year but did return to UWA on a part time basis after several years away to complete my Masters by coursework. My Diploma in Forensic Science was completed shortly after my Masters, because of my interest in teaching it to non-TEE students at upper school level.
I've been teaching boys lower school science and TEE Human Biology and Biology since I graduated, initially at Christian Brothers College in Fremantle. I then moved to Christ Church Grammar School, where I taught for 16 years before taking on the responsibility of Head of Biology for the last 10 years.
Teaching provides the ability to make a contribution to the development of the individual and society as a whole. Introducing the boys to the technological aspects of science, such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, is very rewarding.
My days are certainly highlighted when the boys, after struggling, finally get what I'm teaching and thank me for the effort that has gone into helping them achieve their goals.
Science at UWA is a diverse faculty that provides the opportunity to learn from people who are at the forefront of their field. Take the opportunity to become involved in research projects as a stepping-stone to developing your own areas of interest.