Home' The Good Universities Guide : The Good Universities Guide 2016 Contents systems fall under the same registration system, but have
additional administrative bodies.
Some institutions do a good job of preparing students for the
practical realities of the classroom, while others are more theory-
based. Reading through institution handbooks and subject
descriptions should give you an idea of the kinds of courses on
offer and the amount of practical experience built into them -
there should be plenty of it. Not only should practical placements
exist, but adequate administrative support should be provided to
obtain them. Some institutions have better implementation
processes than others and have established relationships with
schools that are willing to take on student teachers. Since
practical placements are increasingly difficult to come by, this
relationship can make a huge difference in where you are placed
and how much time and effort you have to put in to find a school.
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the 'How
tough is it to get in?' tables in Section 4.
The federal government's push to revolutionise education has
seen a number of changes to the education system, including the
introduction of additional teachers in schools across the country
and numerous scholarships to encourage students to take up
teacher training. One example is the Science Graduate
Scholarship - a Victorian Government initiative to fund graduate-
entry teaching study for graduates of science degrees. In New
South Wales, the Department of Education and Communities'
Graduate Recruitment Program grants students interim approval
to teach in a temporary or casual capacity in their final year of
Nationally, the Teach for Australia initiative places top university
graduates (from any discipline) into the classroom for at least two
years to gain practical experience and earn a fast-tracked
Following calls to boost teacher quality in Australian schools, new
federal government regulations will see student teachers sit
literacy and numeracy tests before they can graduate. Primary
school teachers will also be pushed to choose a subject specialty,
with priority placed on maths, science and languages.
Brad - Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Why did you choose to study education
I originally wasn't sure what I wanted to do
after school but I always enjoyed coaching
and teaching people aspects of sport and
helping them develop as people outside of
sport, so I chose to study education.
What was the best thing about your course?
The best part about the course was the opportunities for
placement. We had the chance to undertake placement at
schools in several regions, which enabled us to experience a
variety of schools, from small country schools with around 30
students to larger primary schools with up to 600 students.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The worst thing I found was that the course seemed to drag
out quite a lot. It was a four-year course, but I believe that a
lot of the content could easily be completed in two to three
What did your course involve?
Over four years, the course involved around eight to twelve
contact hours a week with lectures and tutorials. It also
involved 80 days of placement experience at a variety of
Have you found work in your field?
I have undertaken casual relief teaching (CRT) work this year,
which I love, but there is limited work as you are relying on
teachers being away or sick. There are lots of opportunities
for full-time employment but there are also a lot of people
looking for jobs, so it can be quite competitive. A lot of the
jobs are also in country areas, so you may need to be
prepared to be flexible with where you are willing to teach.
What advice would you give to students considering
studying education and training?
The first bit of advice I would give to students considering
studying education is if you aren't a person who is patient and
tolerant of children then I wouldn't even consider a career in
education. To cope with a job in education you must be able
to build a positive rapport with students and other staff and be
able to deal with stressful circumstances. In relation to getting
a job after graduating, you need to be very proactive in
seeking employment and be prepared to travel to find
Have you completed further study?
If I complete any further study it will be to learn different
languages such as French, Spanish or Auslan.
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