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    It's 3 years-8 years in WA

    Thanks everyone lots to consider

    When doing part time can you just do the NON prac units and then do the prac later or does it have to be practical placement each semester

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    I did a P-12 grad dip ed in 12 months, 10 years ago. It was hard and I really felt like the pracs were where I learned to teach. Then, you just jump into the deep end and swim lol. I'm science-trained and was qualified to teach maths as well (due to the maths components in my degree) and this meant I was snapped up for work and have been employed permanently for 9 years now. The pay is pretty good, I'm on $95k when I'm working full time. It's a shed-load of after hours work and it can be really tough. But, most days, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueLips View Post
    It's 3 years-8 years in WA

    Thanks everyone lots to consider

    When doing part time can you just do the NON prac units and then do the prac later or does it have to be practical placement each semester
    This will depend on your course structure. I'm doing all the non prac components first over 2 years, and will be doing the pracs alone the following year. This is only because we are planning a baby and building a house, otherwise I would have just got it out the way in 1 year. But it's also less stressful and gives me the freedom to work longer too as id need to quit my job to do the placements.

    DH works really hard but now in his 3rd year of teaching he is finding it easier to manage workload. He works a lot during the week but usually has most weekends off and the majority of his holidays. The first years are the hardest while you find your feet but I've seen it get easier with time.

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    Thankyou all so much

    Super helpful!

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    I did my Primary grad dip ed in WA. I had been doing relief EA work before then and agree about experience versus uni, it doesn't compare.

    My qualifications have never been an issue, nor seen me or any colleagues I know of looked over for a job/opportunity.

    If your first degree was 4 years, in WA your starting pay is slightly higher as you're a 5 year trained grad (or that was the case 7 years ago). I've moved to Vic now and the pay here is significantly lower than WA. The pay in WA was great, awesome relief teacher rate and my workload was better there as the PD and Performance Review requirements were lighter.

    I studied externally at Murdoch and it was an intense year. There were some subjects that had to be done on campus and the main prac has assignments plus another subject had a deadline in that time.

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    I did primary grad dip ed. it was tough as there is so much crammed into it. I had to do pracs in each semester and didn't get to pick when I was going to take those classes. I worked as a teacher but it wasn't for me do I did a tafe bridging course and I'm not a qualified kindergarten teacher.

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    I'm a teacher and did a bachelor of education...I believe I was more prepared when I started teaching as I had more practicum experience BUT so much of teaching is learnt on the job..depending on where and what you teach.

    After a short while, you can't tell the difference between dip Ed or bachelor trained teachers.

    If you are organised and have a genuine interest in education, you will succeed through the dip Ed program.

    I recently had to fail a dip Ed prac student for a number of reasons but some major issues were that she thought just because she had experience in another career, she would breeze through prac. Pracs are not easy but you just need to apply what u learn at uni and act on feedback from your mentors.

    Also, you can't be taught how to be a good teacher, you either have the natural instincts or not.

    Pay is good, and for the first 10 years (approx) it increases. I'm on over $100k now which I'd never imagined in teaching.

    I hope this helps...a dip Ed is 1 year of intensity but I'd recommend as you already have a previous degree

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    Thanks again for the input

    DH is very supportive so I think I'm going to do it in a year or 2 when I can be away from DD2 to do the prac placements.

    Those that work as teachers how do you manage school drop offs and pickups of your own children?

    I love my job as a midwife but is very physically demanding and eventually I'll be working full time and i think I will burn out. If I do it in 2018 I will be 28 when I finish.

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    I did an accelerated dip Ed about 8 years ago (started November finished end of June with 3 weeks off over Christmas). I was the first year of the course and don't believe it is running anymore. It was EXTREMELY full on but worked well for me as I moved an hour and a 1/2 away to do it. I was either at Uni or on placement all day Monday - Friday. My day would go something like go to Uni/ placement, get home make dinner watch tv while I ate dinner then study or do lesson prep for the next day till I went to bed at about 10 rinse and repeat till Friday's when Friday arvo when I would drive home/ to my boyfriends place where I would stay till Sunday then drive back Sunday morning and study/ prepare for the week. It was full on but I did enjoy it. It was the first time I found something I was good at and did pretty well at it. I was lucky as I was young and single (well has just started dating my now husband). I couldn't have done it with kids.

    I found no issue with it hurting my job opportunities the only hard thing was finishing at the end of June there wasn't a lot of jobs around. I was lucky as I had worked as an aide at a specialist school so got a call from the principal the day after I finished for some casual work.

    Pay is good but hours are long .....

    As for teaching and small kids I don't know I've only worked one year part time (2 days) since I had DS1 and I am currently on Mat leave again. At this point I intend to return (most likely full time) when my DS1 is in prep (first year of school) one of the options we are considering is he will go to the school I teach at so we don't have to use before and after school care everyday as that is really our only other option.

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    Default Teachers who did post grad dip ed

    I did the one year grad dip (primary) in 2009, which enables me to teach from Prep to Year 9. It was intense but manageable. I would have been bored with 4 years of education study. I think it prepared me as much as possible - as many others have commented, teaching really is something you learn on the job and from life experience and good mentors rather than at uni. As for being disadvantaged with jobs - absolutely not. Nobody ever asked whether I had a BEd or GradDip. I got a job as soon as I graduated. Salary depends on state. I've taught in QLD for 7 years and I'm on about 80k. You can look at the pay scales online.
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