Positive aspects: There are some unique and extraordinary placement experiences students can opt to participate in such as the Curiosity and Powerful Learning program, rural placements and international placements to name a few. It is wonderful to see the university staff practice what they preach, and tutorials are often engaging, collaborative and creative... wonderful models for teaching.
Negative aspects: It is very hard for students to organise their own placements, which have caused problems for my peers and I during our placemernt periods. The team is not always prompt to reply to student initiated contact either. Regarding the academic side, there are two units relating to teaching pedagogy for your subject of choice, but you will have to do a lot of extension work on top of this already challenging course to develop your knowledge for your practice, as not all units translate the theories to practice as well as I would have liked.
My advice to future students is: Placement blocks are three weeks, so make sure that your employer is prepared for this if you are working part-time while completing this course full-time. It's also quite full on, so be mindful of your work-study-life balance. The course is overall very inspiring, and invites critical engagement from the students; use your time as a student to network!
Positives: The positive aspects of this course is that the Monash education staff get students ready to become teachers via the course work that is required to be completed, as well as the placements that occur. Furthermore, the staff are very helpful in assisting students and their learning.
Negatives: The negative aspect of this course is that sometimes the tasks that are required to be submitted are vague in what they ask of the student.
My advice to future students is: If someone is serious about becoming a teacher, Monash is certainly one of the best places to be. It is a very intense course, so individuals need to have dedication.
Positives: Very intense but also fruitful course, I gain a deeper understanding about education.
My advice to future students is: So use your 2years wisely. It is really short and you need to prepare yourself to be a future teacher.
Positives: The course provided a solid introduction to the teaching profession. It provided a combination of theory based learning, focused on contemporary pedagogical frameworks and related practices. The course also provided two opportunities for industry placements which allowed me to make important contacts within the education community.
Negatives: The course was rigid in the choices offered for subject selection. The course had predetermined subjects which were also prerequisites. The elective choices were limited to only two units.
My advice to future students is: This course provides a good introduction to potential students who wish to enter the teaching profession. It acts both as a foundation platform into further education in the education field as well as a basic degree for those who wish to enter teaching.
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