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Teaching As A Career In New Zealand

Teaching As A Career In New Zealand

Teaching Career In New Zealand

‘Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.’

An overview

Teaching offers you not only a challenging and rewarding career but a chance to share your knowledge and help future generations learn and thrive. New Zealand needs well-qualified, dynamic, and enthusiastic teachers who enjoy working with young people.

Scope of becoming a Teacher

Apart from teaching them good values, a teacher is also responsible for shaping one’s career.

New Zealand offers an excellent education system to work in. While the demand for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers is high, it can be difficult for overseas trained teachers to secure a teaching position in the country, unless you meet the specific requirement and standards set out by the Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Also, New Zealand schools, institutes and universities recruit overseas teachers when they are unable to find suitable candidates locally. If you want to teach in New Zealand, you need to have the right qualifications.

Teaching council of New Zealand pre-requirements for Overseas Trained Teachers are as follows:

  • You should have a tertiary level qualification that is equivalent to Level 7 of the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF). To assess the qualification for equivalency to NZ standards, you will be required to get your qualification assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).
  • Meet the English language requirement. Click here for details.
    Once you meet the above requirements, you may get yourself registered as an overseas teacher. Click here for more information.

Study Pathway

Education here is very focused on preparing young people for tomorrow. Time taken to gain a teaching qualification will vary depending on your previous study.

For Overseas teachers or graduates from any stream who are interested to teach in New Zealand

  • A Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and a Master of Teaching and Learning are programmes for 12 to 15 months duration, leading to a teacher’s licence.
  • Several options for undergraduates are also available if someone is interested in studying in New Zealand.

Career Prospects

Teachers may take on either a teaching job in early childhood, or as a primary or secondary teacher or university lecturer. Apart from this, the teachers can also take up management or specialist roles, such as head of department, curriculum specialist, or leading teachers of a particular year-group. These roles are paid an additional remuneration of about $4,000 per year.

New primary school teachers earn between NZ $48,000 – $52,000 per annum. Teachers with 5+ years of experience earn NZ$ 71,000 – $80,0 000 annually.

New secondary school teachers are paid NZ$ 52,000 – 57,000per annum. Teachers with 5+ years of experience earn NZ$ 71,000 – $80,000 annually.

Heads of department, senior management and school principal leadership are paid at a higher pay scale.

Boarding and independent private sector schools have their own wage brackets for teachers.

Teachers who teach in schools that are hard to staff may earn an extra $3,500 in their third, fourth and fifth years.

Check out these job-search websites. They might help to get you thinking about professions you may not have considered.

The influence of a teacher does not stay for a limited period, it lasts a lifetime. If you have a passion for teaching, want a good work-life balance and love fun & adventure, then New Zealand is the place for you!

For any assistance, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at contact@nzimmigration.info or call on +64 09 3790219. Our experienced team of licensed immigration advisers will be happy to guide you.

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Vandana Rai

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Vandana Rai is a Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser and has built a reputation around her rare set of skills, which could be considered ideal for her legal profession.