Like you that was all the incentive I needed to do the course now! It's not ideal timing for me and I am stretching it out part time but better that than have to spend twice the time and no doubt money!
With regard to teaching areas it may differ between universities but with ours you submit a transcript of your previous degree and the university assesses what teaching areas you are qualified for. It's not something you really get a choice in (unless you qualify for several).
What you end up teaching is another story all together! Our course coordinator emphasises that your teaching areas are just a prerequisite to get the diploma. If you have skills and experience in another teaching area the school will look at that too - especially if it's an area they have a teacher shortage in. And once you start teaching, you can get given a huge variety of classes even ones you don't know anything about. Adds to the fun I think!
Its a 2 year masters at some unis but the one I've picked is a 1 year still. They've been talking for the last few years about changing it to 2 but they haven't done it yet. I wasn't prepared to do a 2 year FT course after all the study I have already done.
@sunnygirl79 how are you finding the workload with a bub? FT here it's 20 hours contact a week (nothing IMO after my last degrees) but we are going to try for number 2 so I could be pregnant for a large part of the course. Part of me wants to get it out of the way in 1 year, but another part of me wants to do it over 2 years so I when I graduate I'll be ready to work (with a 3 and hopefully ~1 year old).
A fellow student broke down to me the other day suffering intense mothers guilt as she had been up every night with assignments and not spending time with her kids. I have been in a similar place I occasion throughout the semester. You just literally have no time for anything.
In saying that the staff are really good with extensions and understand it's a tough course to do as most people doing it also work and have family commitments. If you are unsure you can always drop to part time (without penalty) by the cut off date which is usually 2-3 weeks into semester, I dropped 1 subject after 2 weeks as I was suffering morning sickness and the stress was just too much. Maybe start off full time and drop back if you find it too difficult. You can complete it in 18 months etc.
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