Usus est magister optimus. (Practice is the best teacher.)

~ Latin proverb ~

Nobody ever said learning languages was meant to be easy — but there's joy in a challenge, right!

Latin has a reputation of being particularly difficult to learn, not least because it is no longer 'spoken'. It's a 'dead language'. Students can't see the point in learning a language if they can't travel to a country where it's spoken or use it to be more employable.

But there is a point.

If you're interested in the etymology of English, Latin provides many insights — and why wouldn't it? Half of our English words are derived from Latin, either directly, or indirectly through Old French. Digging further, you will also find it was once spoken throughout Europe and evolved into the Romance Languages —French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian.

For history buffs, studying Latin will supplement understanding of the early Roman Empire. And, you can learn much about a society by reading the literary classics of the day.

Science students are not left out either with Latin being used during the 17th century in the scientific fields. It was later replaced by French, but you only need to take a look at many of the scientific terms still used today to realise its impact.

The Catholic Church has been using Latin for the last 2,000 years and still is today. Indeed, Latin is the official language of Vatican City.

To the naysayers who cry that 'Latin is dead' — think again. It is alive and kicking ... and gaining in popularity.

Yay!! Where can I study Latin? 

There are sixteen language group categories listed in the Australian Curriculum. These include Spanish, French, Hindi, Modern Greek, Chinese, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and, yes, Latin, which sits under the Classical Languages banner along with classical Greek.

However, while languages education is mandated, not every option is available in all schools. In fact, most primary schools only offer one, high schools (Years 7 through 10) may only offer two or three choices and senior secondary schools (Years 11 and 12, or college) often have a broader range — but never all of them.

So, if you're super keen to study Latin as part of your compulsory education package, you may need to search around for a school that offers it. Alternatively, you could always invest in Latin tutoring with a private tutor, or you may decide to search for evening college lessons or a short course at a TAFE or university.

I've spent years learning Latin at school and university and now I want to teach it. How do I go about getting Latin teaching jobs?

You've come to the right place because this is what our article is all about — qualifications needed, options for an education degree and the types of Latin teaching jobs available.

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Do All Schools Offer Latin?

As mentioned above, the choice of language lessons at each school is, at best, limited to three or maybe four. This is partly because the languages a school offers is often dependent on the ability to source teachers with the appropriate qualifications for teaching foreign languages.

Is Latin taught in primary school in Australia?
French, Spanish and even Chinese is taught in primary schools, however, the classical languages are not | Source: Pixabay - Stefan Meller

If you're keen to work with younger students, it's important to be aware that Latin tends not to be taught in primary school so you will be working with older students in a high school environment. If that's not for you, consider offering private Latin tutoring for primary school students.

Teacher training for aspiring Latin teachers

For aspiring teachers who are happy to work with high school students, you'll first need to enrol in an undergraduate degree in education or in Latin (followed by postgraduate education studies).

A number of students opt for enrolling in a four-year Bachelor of Education undergraduate degree. This course of study prepares you for all facets of education and practical teaching and allows the student to specialise in both the age classification (early childhood, primary, middle school, secondary) and subject majors.

The latter is where you can focus on Latin and possibly another more common language, like Spanish, French or Japanese.

Alternatively, you may decide to enrol in an undergraduate degree in another field but one that still involves Latin, such as history, the arts or philosophy.

This pathway will provide you with a solid grounding in your chosen specialisations, as well as history or culture elements you may not get if you just study Latin as a major in your Bachelor of Education. (Although, you can always supplement this with private tutoring.)

Once you complete your degree, in order to be able to teach in the public or private school system, you will also need to complete a two-year postgraduate teaching degree. Or, you may find a university that has a double-degree option.

Practical Teacher Training

An important component of a Bachelor of Education is the practicum. Throughout your course, you will be placed at a number of different schools — with different teachers and on different year levels — to gain valuable hands-on experience. Depending on your university, the practicum may be once or twice a year, and for periods of time from a week to a whole term.

What do you learn in a B.Ed in Australia?
Much of your learning in your B.Ed will be through books, university lessons and tutorials but the most valuable component is probably the practicum | Source: Pixabay - Eliens

If you are taking the postgraduation option, you will still be sent out on at least one practicum, although the variety and amount of experience are not as broad.

The practicum is the perfect opportunity to and also to ask your mentor teachers and other staff any questions you may have, from how to deal with disruptive behaviour to how much Latin teachers earn.

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Registration Process for Teachers

Once you've graduated with your Bachelor of Education or postgraduate teaching qualifications, you can technically start applying for jobs in both private and public schools. However, before you can actually begin in the classroom, you must have your teachers registration.

Registration is an annual process for all teachers (full time, part-time, casual) that differs in each state of Australia, but generally involves:

The process is quick and easy and is done online. Without it, however, you cannot legally teach.

What is the teacher registration process in Australia?
Once you've graduated, and your teachers registration is processed, you can apply for Latin teaching jobs in schools of your choice | Source: Pixabay - Chantellen

Beginning teachers — those who are in their first three years of full-time teaching — must also undertake a probationary period. There are no guarantees you will pass the probationary period (although most teachers do) and, upon passing, you are not guaranteed a permanent position.

A number of teachers pass probation and work in contract jobs or in a relief role for a number of years before attaining permanency. Don't look at this as a failure, but as an opportunity to gain more experience in your job as you move through different schools and work with different teachers and education staff.

Career Changing — Mature Entry Status

There are plenty of people who start their work-life in other jobs and transition into a teaching job later in life. Of course, you do need to go to university, obtain the relevant qualifications and complete a probationary period first.

Is there an age limit for a B.Ed in Australia?
If you're passionate about Latin, there is nothing, including age, that can stop you from becoming a Latin teacher | Source: Pixabay - jillmackie

If you've been at work and away from classroom learning and writing essays for a while, you may need a little more motivation or support than when you were younger. Engaging a tutor to assist you to sharpen up your study skills and essay writing could be a good move.

Check out the Superprof tutor profiles to find someone who can help you get back into study with online or face-to-face targeted support.

Returning to university may seem overwhelming at first but if you're passionate and hard-working, you'll soon achieve your goals and find yourself in your dream job.

Finding Latin Tutoring to Brush Up on Your Skills

Again, while you've been hard at work in your other job, you may not have had the opportunity to maintain your Latin reading and writing proficiency level. It will all come back but may need some prompting — the last thing you want is for your students to know more than you.

Whether you're in the market to learn a new skill (Latin) or brush up on old ones, there is sure to be a Superprof tutor to suit your needs.

Tutors on Superprof generally offer three styles of tutoring:

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In-person tutoring tends to be the most expensive as tutors have to factor in travel expenses. If you are having small group tutoring this will be cheaper, even in-person, as you share the cost with the other students.

Online tutoring is the most cost-effective and often the most convenient. Learn online from the comfort of your home and with the best tutor from anywhere in the world.

Also, when your skills are at the right level, why not consider becoming a Superprof tutor yourself?

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.