In the first instance think about how you would like to work with your areas of interest and expertise with the children in your class. Early childhood and primary teachers work with the whole curriculum but stay with a particular group of children for the year. Secondary teachers specialise in subject areas, often working with a larger number of students
Early Childhood Education focuses on teaching children from birth-8, which means working with babies and young children in Early Childhood services, 3–5-year-old children in preschool and 5–8-year-old children in schools. You can expect to have a Professional Experience placement in all of these settings. Early Childhood Education degrees require you to diversify your teaching to enable you to effectively work with and educate babies as well as children in a school setting.
Primary Education teachers predominantly work in Primary School settings with children in years 3 – 6. As a classroom based teacher you will work across all curriculum areas, however, you will have the opportunity to register as a teacher with a specialisation area such as Health and Physical Education, Science and Visual Arts to name a few.
Teachers in Secondary Education work with students in years 7 – 12, commonly referred to as the middle and senior years of schooling. Studying Secondary Education requires you to specialise in at least two curriculum areas enabling you to teach these specifically as a registered teacher in secondary settings.