Teacher, $78,397 - $113,568 per annum (SEA GA 2021)
Teachers that have already applied to the Teacher Pool – Fixed Term Opportunities or the Graduate Teacher Pool, need not apply to this advertisement.
Western Australia is a great place to live, and teach. Our public schools are all across our vast state, offering you opportunities to live and teach in incredible locations.
Our purpose is clear: every student, every classroom, every day.
Come and join us.
The Department of Education is seeking applications for special education teachers (education support) to fill vacancies teaching all age groups across Western Australia.
Teaching in Western Australian public schools comes with great benefits. You can expect:
- a great salary – and we will consider your prior teaching experience when determining your commencement salary
- attractive allowances for teaching in certain locations
- 5 percent employer contributions to superannuation
- 12 weeks’ vacation leave (school holidays)
- more than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave
- subsidised accommodation where applicable
- free relocation to your new location, for permanent contracts or those of one school year or more.
An individual assessment of merit will be conducted for each position that appears within the scope of this opportunity.
Why work in one of our regional areas?
Western Australia is a large and diverse state from white sandy beaches, vineyards and forests in the south, tropical climate in the north to the arid red dirt of the outback. The variety of landscapes makes it the ideal location to explore and experience the relaxed outdoors Australian lifestyle.
Many of our teachers have taught in regional areas, and reflect on their time as one of the most enjoyable and beneficial parts of their career - both professionally and personally. They tell us about the sense of community, the enhanced opportunities for career growth, and - most of all - they tell us about the children and young people they have worked with.
Cultural awareness and understanding is particularly important for teachers in regional areas. The Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework guides staff to incorporate culturally responsive practices and approaches when working with Aboriginal students, their families, and communities.
Students in rural communities are open, friendly and active. These characteristics are reflected in the dynamic and vibrant classroom environments found in regional and rural schools. Strong parent-teacher relationships and supportive school environments are a feature of these schools and complement proactive approaches to managing student behaviour.
Teachers find joining local sporting clubs and participating in community events enhances their relationship with both students and parents. Teachers in rural schools report a high level of job satisfaction, enjoying the strong personal relationships they establish with students and parents and appreciative of the recognition they receive in the community.
You can find out more about the financial incentives for specific locations, using our benefits calculator here.
Who we are looking for
To teach in a Western Australian public school, you must have a recognised, completed initial teacher education qualification. This may be a completed Bachelor of Education, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree and a post-graduate teaching qualification. For our special education (Education support) positions you must demonstrate training in this area of specialisation during your teacher training.
Eligibility and training
To be eligible for this role applicants will be required to:
- provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
- obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
- obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
- meet the Department of Education Teacher Qualifications and Registration
- complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course
- complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement; and
- complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.
More detail on the role of a Special Education teacher can be found below.
The following outlines the main duties of the role of a special education teacher in Western Australia. These are broad guidelines only.
- assessing students' abilities and limitations with regard to intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities, exceptional intellectual gifts, or specific problems of language and culture
- planning, organising and implementing special programs to provide remedial or advanced tuition
- administering various forms of assessment and interpreting the results
- teaching basic academic subjects, and practical and self-help skills to hearing and sight impaired students
- devising instructional materials, methods and aids to assist in training and rehabilitation
- advising, instructing and counselling parents and teachers on the availability and use of special techniques
- stimulating and developing interests, abilities, manual skills and coordination
- conferring with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons for special needs students
- preparing and maintaining student data and other records and submitting reports
Our teachers undertake their duties in line with the School Education Act 1999.
The application process
All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.
Your application should include:
- A two (2) page statement addressing the domains that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in context of the role and business needs of the school
- A CV of up to two (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
- The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.
To confirm your eligibility to teach, please also provide the following information:
- Identification (i.e. birth certificate, passport, change of name documentation – marriage certificate). Please note we do not accept driver’s licences.
- Eligibility to work in Australia, including Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian work permit (i.e. citizenship papers, Australian work visa with date of entry - Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
- Academic transcripts identifying your course of study, including copies of undergraduate degrees and any postgraduate qualifications (if applicable). Your transcripts must include:
- your name
- university name
- course name
- units completed
- course completion or conferral date
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.
You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.
After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.
If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance. #