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Teacher employment requirements and registration

Teaching roles with South Australian government schools and preschools include:

  • permanent school and preschool teachers
  • temporary contract teachers
  • relief teachers
  • school and preschool leadership positions.

Requirements

To teach in a South Australian government school or preschool, you must:

Qualifications and subject verification

To teach in South Australia you need university teaching qualifications in an area of specialisation or level of schooling. 

The codes for subject specialisations and levels of schooling can be accessed from teaching subjects and skill codes (PDF 141KB) in the section 5 help of the online teaching application.

You must provide a self-rating for each subject (PDF 400KB) you are prepared to teach based on teaching experience and university qualifications and support these ratings with documentation such as an academic transcript.

Early childhood certification

In addition to the requirements above early childhood teachers must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold a four-year Early Childhood teaching qualification, which is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • Hold a university undergraduate degree as well as an ACECQA approved post graduate pre-service university qualification in Early Childhood Teaching e.g. Master of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood which together will satisfy Teacher Registration. Please note: TAFE qualifications such as the Diploma of Children’s Services do not meet the requirements to qualify as an Early Childhood Teacher in DECD
  • Be a permanent DECD teacher and hold a letter of approval from the DECD Superintendent, Site HR or the Assistant Director, Workforce Management to work in an early childhood program
  • Hold an Authority to Teach letter which indicates they are cleared for employment in an early childhood program

It is recommended that teachers seeking employment in an early childhood centre obtain the additional first aid training to increase employment opportunities.

 

Registering for employment

You can register to teach or apply for specific positions on DECDjobs. Once you have met the minimum requirements for employment on DECDjobs you will be emailed an authority to teach letter.

Non-permanent teachers will need to submit a new application each year.

Retired teachers can register to work as temporary teachers.

Refusing an offer of teaching employment

If you refuse an offer of employment made within the terms of your most recent application, you will not be considered for any further offers for the school term in which the offer starts, regardless of the length of the appointment.

For example, if you refuse an offer that starts in term 1 2016, you will not be considered for any other offers that start during term 1, 2016.

If you refuse a second offer, your application will be withdrawn for the rest of the school year.

Ensure that all your details are current – offers of employment are based on the information in your most recent online registration of interest for teaching.

Contact

Recruitment and compliance

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: DECDRecruitment [at] sa.gov.au