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.
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: You had a lot more choices as to the units you studied. For the most part the course was engaging and relevant to the real world, and allowed for good employment options.
Negatives: Specifically the education side of the double degree, too much focus on educational theory that is lacking relevance to actual teaching, and not enough focus on the practical realities of teaching.
My advice to future students is: Definitely choose a bachelor of science degree, but other universities offer better structured teaching courses.
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.
I'm studying the Early years and primary education.
I love the fact that you learn so much from early childhood right through to primary school. It really gets you set up to teach children of all ages. The university has a good environment to help you learn. The assessments for this course are also great as they push you to do great, but are also not so hard that you feel as if you can’t do them
Sometimes I feel like there is too much course work, and also the books are very expensive and we barely use them
My advice to future students is: Definitely give it your best shot. And make sure that you stay on top of your studies
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!
Positive aspects: They gave you the opportunity for you to do international placement which means you are able to teach all around the world, the classes are never boring and the tutorials can be really fun at times
negative aspects: the assignments can sometimes be tedious. Theres a lot of reflection going on and sometimes they dont give you a clear instruction on how to do the assignments, making it harder for you to get a good grade.
My advice to future students - Pick it anyway! Its a fun course for you to learn if you really want to be a teacher!!
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