Going from Secondary to Primary
, Dec 30 2012 12:26 AM
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:26 AM
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
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
*edited because I can't type tonight!
Edited by *Enigma*, 30 December 2012 - 12:28 AM.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:31 AM
Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 03:05 PM.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:34 PM
Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:28 PM.
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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