Australian Catholic University - ACU reviews

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Positives: The course provided me fundamental professional development as a practicing teacher. It allowed me to also further network with industry professionals and conduct important research which was vital to student learning outcomes

Negatives: The course had rigid subject selection and there were no choices for electives. The course also had compulsory lecture/seminar dates which as a course for practicing teachers, was not ideal.

My advice to future students is: Potential students should consider this subject should they wish to further advance their career progression, improve student learning outcomes and/or receive professional development regarding contemporary leadership in education.

Completed in 2017

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Positives: Positive aspects are that it really goes in depth with the content of what you are teaching students. You learn how to write a good lesson plan and all of the psychology behind the developmental stages of children.

Negatives: Negative aspects include the length of time (4 years) but not a lot of practical time. No prac in first year a 2 week prac in second year, 3 week prac in 3rd year and a 6 week prac in 4th year, not a whole lot of real world experience! Also very heavy work load, 5 subjects a semester.

My advice to future students is: Make sure you research what subjects you will be learning and are prepared for the study load uni brings, its a lot of work if you want to succeed even though it seems like you have a lot of freedom to do nothing 🙈

Completed in 2019

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Positives: The course provides you with theoretical knowledge as well as practical professional experiences from the beginning of the course. From the first semester you are sent out into workplaces to gain knowledge and experience and you continue to do this throughout the course, over a variety of age groups. You are able to gain knowledge through a variety of subjects and engage in hands on activities during tutorials.

Negatives: It is a lot of work as you are almost doing two courses combined into one, but it really is worth it. If you time manage correctly, the workload can be managed easily.

My advice to future students is: Plan your workload out in advance and try to complete assignments well before the due date. Ensure you are taking in everything that happens during your placements as it will be beneficial to you in the future. Imagine you already have your own class when completing assignments as they can usually be adapted in the future when you teach your own class.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: The campus itself is relatively small in comparison to other universities, therefore class sizes are small and you have the opportunity to discuss topics thoroughly to ensure your understanding. The course has recently changed and now offers you longer professional experience blocks than the previous degree giving you more time in classrooms to gain experience and an insight into the day to day life of teaching. All my teachers have been great communicators and always respond to emails etc. the course gives you the opportunity to choose elective specialist subjects including religion, science, are and music giving you the opportunity to direct your learning in the path you choose to take.

Negatives: Given the size of the Uni there is not a huge range of tutorial/lecture times. Most units only have 1 lecture and this often does not fall on the same day as any of the tutorials for the lecture.

My advice to future students is: Do your research. Look at the Uni’s conversion rate of graduates becoming employed and the Uni’s fees also. These are the two big things I wish I knew when looking at Uni’s. Fortunately both of these are a positive at ACU for education. I would also decide whether or not you want Catholic accreditation before choosing a Uni as it can be very costly to go back and get it later if you decide you want it.

Completing in 2020

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Positives: I like that we have practicums starting first year and that let's us experience what it's like early on

Negatives: We dont really learn things that help us. The practical aspects help more than uni courses

My advice to future students is: Try hard at uni!! It DOES matter

Completed in 2018

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Positives: This course provides an excellent pathway to teaching in both government and Catholic schools. The lecturers/tutors have many years experience in which they share their knowledge and vital aspects of the teaching profession. This course provides excellent teaching round experiences in which one can develop one's knowledge and skills as a teacher which culminated in undertaking teaching experience for several weeks at the end of the course.

Negatives: I struggle to think of many negative aspects for this course. At the time of undertaking the course it did seem apparent that at times the university was prepared to pass students who did not have the adequate literacy skills to teach at the primary level.

My advice to future students is: I think the biggest piece of advice that I could provide is to ensure you go beyond merely undertaking the course to prepare yourself for the teaching profession. I would highly recommend participating in some volunteer/professional employment where you gain further experience in working with children.

Completed in 2012

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Positives: I liked that most of the lecturers were experienced teachers and not just academic. This allowed the students to have a better insight

Negatives: Bare minimum practice experience. There was not enough time in a classroom

My advice to future students is: Get into a part time job with kids at the same time to make sure that you actually like working with kids

Completed in 2016

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Positives: 1. Treated as teachers from day one
2. Lectures are amazing
3. Designed perfectly

Negatives: Was a small cohort so lectures were during set times and couldn’t be changed

My advice to future students is: Step out of your comfort zone and give 110%

Completing in 2021

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Positives: I’ve met so many people who love doing what I want to do. The work is challenging but informative. Everyone is there to help you achieve your best

Negatives: There are unrealistic due dates set for assignments, the assignments can sometimes feel pointless as it is of a topic you wouldn’t normally be teaching

My advice to future students is: Start everything the minute you get it otherwise it can become very overwhelming and stressful very quickly. Put all your effort in as this is your future job you are preparing for. A half assed job will only affect you in the end

Completing in 2020

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Positives: 1- the lecturers are personal, they care about what they teach and how the students are handling workload and the course. And always so helpful

Negatives: Some of the students act like their in high school two to four years after graduating

My advice to future students is: Good course, just be careful and not everyone is your friend

Completed in 2019

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