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#1 *Enigma*

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

Hi all,

I am a trained secondary teacher in DRama and English. I dropped out of registration a few years back to study nursing. Long story short I now have a nursing degree not worth squat! I also began to really miss teaching  sad.gif

So, I am reregistering as a teacher but want to expand my abilities by adding a Grad Dip Primary. I've put in the application and expect I will get in.

Has anyone else gone from teaching high school to primary? With year7 moving into the high schools, would having qualifications in both be an advantage? I am studying part time over two years as I have a one month old (will be three months when I go back to uni and no prac until second year) and I'm hoping to get some casual teaching in the meanwhile.

Good luck with studies for next year  original.gif

*edited because I can't type tonight!

Edited by *Enigma*, 30 December 2012 - 12:28 AM.

#2 Lyn29

Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:31 AM


Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 03:05 PM.

#3 BlondieUK

Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:52 AM

I don't know if this is still or the case, or if it's true for your state/degree, but it used to be that if you got a GradDipEd for secondary, then you were legally allowed to teach primary. Of course, being allowed and feeling like you have the skills and techniques are very different. I know that I would not be a particularly effective lower primary teacher original.gif

#4 hiddensecrets

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:31 PM

In WA you can do the grad dip in primary if you have a secondary teaching degree and you get some credits so you dont end up doing the full degree....

I am studying primary education but I am actually wondering if there are any conversions to go from primary to middle school/secondary.

#5 PatG

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:42 PM

Are you in QLD OP?  I know that QUT has a grad dip ed for middle years which may suit you - you should see how many subjects you can get credit from your original Ed degree.

#6 *Enigma*

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Thanks so much for you replies. I'm in QLD and live near Griffith. I went to QUT once for a short while, but I don't travel well sad.gif

I originally did a Bachelor of Arts and then a Grad Dip Ed - Secondary so no credits available as such but the Grad Dip Primary is only one year anyway.

Really looking forward to next year, just hope they let me in  biggrin.gif

#7 Expelliarmus

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

Yeah I always thought once you had a degree you can teach either even if you have a Primary degree you can teach Secondary and vice versa? Must be different in different states.

#8 *Enigma*

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:01 PM

I guess like PP said - just because you can doesn't mean you feel you can. I would not feel confident teaching maths and science without some educational background, even though I know I could. I don't mind doing the extra study to feel more confident with the younger grades  original.gif

#9 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:34 PM


Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:28 PM.

#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

I can understand that too - I had misread that you had to get the Grad Dip in order to teach it.

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