I'm hoping to hear from those who qualified as a teacher by studying a post grad diploma of education.
I'm a midwife and have a bachelor of science. I'm considering doing a post grad dip in education ( early childhood learning) In a few years.
Did you feel the diploma prepared you for entering a teaching role ?
Are you disadvantaged in getting employed by not having the bachelor degree in teaching?
What's the money like?
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14-07-2016 06:18 #1
Teachers who did post grad dip ed
14-07-2016 06:28 #2
Teachers who did post grad dip ed
I'm doing a grad dip Ed now to be a biology/science teacher. DH is a teacher and we have quite a few teacher friends and not one of them thinks that doing a teaching degree or a grad dip Ed prepares you for teaching. So far I've learnt a lot of theory but it's one of those jobs where you need to start teaching and be thrown in the deep end to actually learn how to do it. If you already have a science degree I think you would be wasting time and money doing a full b. Teaching instead of a grad dip Ed.
As for pay you can google your states teaching department to see the pay rates. Considering teachers get 3 months of leave a year I personally think the pay is pretty good and there is a lot of scope to get higher pay rates if wanted in leadership roles.
Ps from everything I've heard, there is no disadvantage from doing a grad dip Ed and (at least for high school) there are advantages to doing the grad dip (way more knowledge in subject area compared to a b. Teaching).
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14-07-2016 06:36 #3
Following. I started my grad dip ed last year part time and having a break this year on maternity leave. Have been umming and ahhing about going back to finish it. It's an extremely intensive course (hence one year f/t) and heard from fellow students the prac is very full on - thrown in the deep end, with lots of extra homework, all whilst completing your assignments from other subjects. Just something to consider from a time point of view (knowing like me, you have young ones).
I am more worried about the job prospects TBH. I hear mixed reports. I can't move due to DH job and not keen for my DS1 to change schools so it limits my options in terms of employment once I have finished.
Also check with your uni but this course is changing from one year to two years very soon. I believe at our uni last intake is 2018 and it's a national change. So I have to finish by end 2018.
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14-07-2016 06:39 #4
You can look up salaries too it's pretty transparent. You start at the bottom but as pp suggested you get more paid holidays than any other profession so it all works out IMO. And you can make good money if you stick at it. My senior teaching friends are on over 90K now. But it takes a lot of work to get to that level - and despite popular belief, you do plenty of work on school holidays. I think the only true holidays are the end of year ones.
14-07-2016 07:35 #5
I have to finish by end of 2018 as well, I think the last intake for 1 year dip Ed might have been this year so we have to be a on a different schedule next year. I'm also part time (I'm working) but I'm doing it over 3 years as next year we are hoping to have a new baby so will take a break for a while. The new schedule has actually worked in my favour as I will finish all my subject work by June 2017, then all I will have is two 5 week pracs in 2018 (so no work to hand up while I do my pracs). Part time the workload has been really cruisy.
It can be full on, but the b. Teaching is more work spread out over a longer period (and costs more) so I'm not really convinced it's the way to go if you already have a degree.
Just my 2c. 😊
14-07-2016 07:35 #6
Not sure if it's the same thing but my DH did the middle year post grad. It was a 12 month course and he is now qualified to teach year 3 to year 12. With year 11 and 12 being subjects that he majored in with past degree. He didn't find the work hard but he didn't get a lot of 'down time' over the 12 months. There were lots of prac work throughout the year else well. For the first 2 years of teaching he has also had a 'mentor' which at times he has found very helpful. This is his second year teaching and he is on about $68,000.
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14-07-2016 07:37 #7
Yep I did a graduate qualification too. University can't prepare you adequately for teaching, IMO. I think it needs a vocational approach, like a TAFE course, lots of skills based learning and acquisition of resources etc in your specialised area. The first year or two you basically learn on the job and hopefully work with people who are experienced. My advice would be to spend the time you are studying gathering resources and ideas, put maximum effort into your placements and then just get through the rest of it.
What I can tell you is, every teacher I've ever encountered has been hugely generous with their time, advice and resources.
I don't think it's a disadvantage to your employment practices in the slightest. I got a job before I finished my study and ended up permanent after two years.
Also, pay varies depending where you are. For me in SA, entering with my graduate qual meant I could start at Step 3 on the pay scale.
Good luck!! It really is a great job.
14-07-2016 07:43 #8
And I will also say it's not an easy job with shorts hours and lots of holidays (as many of people believe). There is so much planning, marking, reports etc that needs to be done throughout the year. My DH is at work usually by 7:30am and has to stay until 4pm but usually stays until about 4:30 (also has meetings 3 afternoons a week). He does marking most nights and prep for the day in the mornings. Holidays he plans for the next term and spend plenty of time in his classroom preparing for the next term.
14-07-2016 07:52 #9
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