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#1 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:35 PM

I'm seriously considering doing an on-line Bachelor of Education (Primary).  I'm a 41yo  recently divorced mum of 5 and would looooove to hear from those doing the course and get a heads up on what to expect eg the initial enrolment units etc - I hope I've got what it takes to do it.

Pleeeeeease respond!  I just need a little insight into the course to decide whether to go ahead.

Hope to hear from somebody soon.

#2 paod

Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Hi there,
I am in my 1st yr (second semester) doing Bach Ed (Primary) through University of Tasmania online.
I am doing 2 subjects per semester rather than the full time load of 4 ad i try to squeeze in a summer unit over the holidays.
I am really enjoying it so far. I don’t have any kids but do have my own business so i manage to do my units during the day when im not at work.  They recommend dedicating approx. 10 hrs per unit per week but i do my best to get it done in around 6hrs. The only thing that can be hard is thatself motivation as assignments can just creep up on you and if you let a week of lectures go by it can be time consuming to catch up
Good Luck and if you need any more help just PM me original.gif



#3 lisacat

Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Hi,

I am in the first semester of bachelor of primary / early childhood through ACU. I am not sure if you want to hear from ppl doing online only or anyone. I am finding the work load not too full on which is lucky as I also work full time I am doing 2 subjects per semester.
Are you lpoking at doing full or part time?

#4 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

QUOTE (paod @ 26/03/2012, 08:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there,
I am in my 1st yr (second semester) doing Bach Ed (Primary) through University of Tasmania online.
I am doing 2 subjects per semester rather than the full time load of 4 ad i try to squeeze in a summer unit over the holidays.
I am really enjoying it so far. I don’t have any kids but do have my own business so i manage to do my units during the day when im not at work.  They recommend dedicating approx. 10 hrs per unit per week but i do my best to get it done in around 6hrs. The only thing that can be hard is thatself motivation as assignments can just creep up on you and if you let a week of lectures go by it can be time consuming to catch up
Good Luck and if you need any more help just PM me original.gif

Thank you!

#5 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

QUOTE (lisacat @ 26/03/2012, 08:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

I am in the first semester of bachelor of primary / early childhood through ACU. I am not sure if you want to hear from ppl doing online only or anyone. I am finding the work load not too full on which is lucky as I also work full time I am doing 2 subjects per semester.
Are you lpoking at doing full or part time?

Definitely part time.  I also do 6 hrs per week as a SLSO at my kids' school working with children with special needs who attend the school.  I love it so much that I would like to take it a step further and teach - just a bit worried about the essays and lengthy reading sessions!  How on earth do people remember half the stuff in those books????  I have enough trouble remembering where I left my keys!!

#6 Atomac

Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:46 PM

I am currently in my 2nd year of my bachelor of education (primary) through OUA/ Curtin. I have 2 kids and work full time as a special needs assistant at a primary school. I started the course in May 2010 and I should be finished in about 2015. I am about to go on my fist prac placement in about 4 weeks. Some study periods I have done 2 units and others I have only done the one depending on what I have going on in my life at the time.

If you want any other info feel free to ask, either here or pm me.

#7 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

Thank you for that.

Has anyone been given an idea of the demand for primary school teachers in Sydney?  I've been hearing that it can be quite difficult to find permanent employment!!??

#8 Frazzled Cat

Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:45 PM

Finding permanency in the primary sector Australia-wide is very difficult unless you're willing to go out woop-woop.

Since you're already working with children in aide-style position, perhaps a teacher aide course would be more practical?

#9 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:44 PM

I'm actually in the middle of a TAFE Cert III Education Support - Special course.  I work at the local primary school a few hours per week (and get paid!!) but, as a single mum of 5, being a teacher's aide isn't going to pay enough.  I was hoping that teaching would ensure financial independence especially once my youngest turns 8 and the single parent payments stop.

Unfortunately, public schools just don't seem to have the funding for full time teacher's aides which, in my opinion, is terrible!  There are just too many children being left behind in class because of their learning difficulties - it's very sad to see it first hand.

#10 Swahili

Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:58 PM

Honestly, it seems like every third woman with school age kids either has or is doing a B.Ed. There are way, way more teachers than there are permanent jobs. I would not advise anyone to become a primary school teacher unless they are willing and able to work absolutely anywhere and are happy to accept that they may only be relying on casual work for years on end. If you are looking for secure employment, teaching is not for you.

#11 **Switzerland**

Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

I recently completed my Masters of Teaching ( primary) through UWS. It was on-campus, fulltime study, and honestly was not a difficult course, just time consuming during the semesters with prac, trying to juggle assessments and planning for school was tough going!

To the question about placements once finished...well it is tough getting a permanent placement  and out for our graduating class of 300 from  2nd semester last year, not ONE of us gained a permanent placement straight out. However, there are numerous people on year long contracts ( the majority in western and southern sydney), quite a few term long contracts and even more of us ( like myself) casual teaching.  After a slow start, the casual days are now plentiful, so there is work, but without the perks of sickleave or annual leave.

If you are prepared to teach ANYWHERE in the Sydney region, honestly there is no reason you wouldn't get atleast four or even five days a week casual call-ins!


Any more questions just ask biggrin.gif

#12 Lolliepopsrule

Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

Thank you all so much for responding to my little post.  I've received heaps of info and some honest opinions which I will take on board.

Looks like I've got a tough decision to make!

Thanks again.

#13 lisacat

Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

In regards to employment, i have been told by friends that are teachers as well as teachers at uni that it is very difficult to get permanent work as a straight primary teacher. This is why I am doing primary and early childhood in the one course as if I can't get a job in a primary school I can go to preschools or child care. At my uni about 80% of primary students got work where in my course it was 100%.

#14 monkeys mum

Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:44 AM

I am currently doing a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of disabilities 9Early childhood special needs education). This semester i am doing one unit but could easily have done more if i could have afforded to pay to do more.

Can I suggest another option to look into is the Bachelor of Disabilities, I know Flinders offer it externally.

I chose this degree as I feel it has more scope for employment as the need for special needs teachers will grow and doing early childhood doesn't limit you to working in a school.


Goodluck with it!!




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