Career Focus – Teaching

TeacherA career in teaching is still quite an ‘in’ choice for many of my students. They are probably blissfully unaware that they are expected to do more with less and are obligated to shoulder the blame of many societal woes….

OK, OK let’s kick out negative-Nancy and look on the bright side. 

Many people are born to teach, they have a natural tendency to do so. Teaching might appeal to some students because of the ‘familiarity’ of routine—or perhaps it is more appealing because of the frequency of holidays! MOST choose teaching because a good, no make that, a GREAT teacher has inspired them.

The main paths to qualification as a teacher are:

  • a 4-year undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Education (BEd). This is the most common preparation for Early Childhood and Primary Teaching
  • a double-degree program – combining a Bachelor of Teaching with another degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts or Science.
  • A 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree (with subjects suitable for teaching) AND a graduate course, such as a one-year Diploma of Education (DipEd), or a 1.5 or 2 year Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching. This is the most common method of preparation for Secondary Teaching, but is also available at some universities for Primary Teaching

I stole the above info from a great little teaching booklet by Graduate Careers Australia (applause please!)

Some more handy links will appear below very soon..

  • MyFuture – Secondary Teaching – check out the related links at the bottom of this web-page and have a look at the videos also!
  • The Job Guide – select from the various teacher links on the ‘T’ page at the Job Guide. Did you realise that there were so many teaching options to choose from?
  • At the Hobson’s Course Finder – select ‘education and training’ from the ‘Field of Study’ drop down list, then click on ‘Search’ – you will come up with a plethora of places to study teaching at.  Great place to begin!


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