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Secondary School Teacher

Kaiako Kura Tuarua

Secondary school teachers teach one or more curriculum subject areas to students of about 13 to 18 years of age at a secondary school.

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Secondary school teachers usually earn
per year
Source: Ministry of Education, 'Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement 2013-2015', 2013.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a secondary school teacher are average, and are best if you teach a shortage subject or work in rural or low socio-economic locations.

How to get into this job

Usually required

One of:

  • Specialist subject degree and Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Combined specialist subject degree and secondary teaching qualification

Registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council

Useful school subjects





History and Classical Studies

Craig Rofe talks to three students in a physics class

Secondary school teachers plan, prepare and teach curriculum subjects to students

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Updated 10 Feb 2014