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    Default Teachers, need your advice!

    I'm considering studying education, but I have to study online through open uni and the only degree offered is a Bachelor in Primary Education - ideally I'd love to be a secondary school english/lit teacher - Could I do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in english/writing, then go on to a master of secondary teaching? Or is the only way into a master of secondary teaching to do a primary education degree first?

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    You can do a BA first, and get a more in depth education in your areas of specialisation, then follow of up with a Graduate Diploma of Education (or whatever the equivalent is they offer at your uni) to become a high school teacher. That will take 4-5 years full time, depending on the length of the GradDip.

    Or you can do a Bachelor of Education, which will have more of a focus on teaching but possibly less on your subject areas. Have a look at the programme to see how many English subjects you would be doing. That will take 4 years full time.

    I did a BA and then graduate teaching programme and thought it was great. I wouldn't recommend it for primary school teaching, which is not as content driven.

    Also, you need to have two subject areas to teach, so if you were doing the BA first you would need to make sure you completed a minor study area in that second teaching area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chloeandme View Post
    I'm considering studying education, but I have to study online through open uni and the only degree offered is a Bachelor in Primary Education - ideally I'd love to be a secondary school english/lit teacher - Could I do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in english/writing, then go on to a master of secondary teaching? Or is the only way into a master of secondary teaching to do a primary education degree first?
    Primary and secondary teaching are completely different, one does not lead to the other. Secondary is not more 'advanced' because it's secondary they are different degrees unless you do a post grad which covers both. So yes to answer your question you can do bachelor of arts and then it would most likely be a post grad in secondary teaching or bachelor of ed, depending which state you are in it is different things. I would go and volunteer at a school first to see you like it though as doing it online you would not get much practical experience.
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    Thanks for your replies! Looks like I've made my decision. I'm excited now And really happy to be studying a BA, especially english and literature which is my passion

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    Quote Originally Posted by chloeandme View Post
    Thanks for your replies! Looks like I've made my decision. I'm excited now And really happy to be studying a BA, especially english and literature which is my passion
    Good to hear! It's a nice feeling when you know what you're doing is right for you


 

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