Being a teacher is no longer considered glamorous or fashionable, but it is indeed a rewarding and noble career. You are the agent of change, the inspiration for children of all ages in the contributions they will one day bring to society. Besides, who would not want those school holidays off to rest and recharge every now and again?
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With schools in the UK struggling to meet the demands for quality head teachers, it’s worth thinking about educating others for a living as it is very much a job that is always in demand. Let’s face it, where would we be without our teachers from preschool to our lecturers in college? It’s a good thing to keep in mind that just because you do a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, it does not mean your career options are limited to teaching alone.
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But what sort of subject is “Education”?
• It is not just a qualification to become a teacher, but also an interdisciplinary subject which draws on Sociology, Psychology, History and Philosophy to help us understand and broaden our knowledge about how people of all ages learn, and the factors that can impact positively and negatively on this.
What specific or general skills will be developed during the course of your study?
• The multi-disciplinary nature of Education provides students with the critical understanding and expertise to enable them to consider education within schooling, question different approaches and contexts to learning and how we develop as lifelong learners.
• Outside of the classroom, students consider the role of education across different societies and cultures and the interplay between education, childhood and learning.
• The development of skills such as teamwork, communication and presentation will also enhance self-confidence.
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What qualifications do I need?
• For the majority of courses students will need at least five subjects at GCSE, grade C or above (including English, Mathematics and Science) and further education qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureates and Scottish Highers.
• The entry requirements vary depending on the course and institution and can range from 380 to 260 UCAS Tariff Points or equivalent grades.
• Education degrees may also be of interest to mature students who do not have such qualifications – it is best to contact your chosen university for further details.
What are the Postgraduate Opportunities available?
• In addition to courses which provide Qualified Teacher Status, some students go on to complete Masters degrees (in the UK and abroad) in a range of Social Sciences subjects such as Education, Childhood and Youth, Paediatric Nursing and Speech and Language Therapy.
• If you are interested in international travel, another option is to complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification, which enables you to teach English to learners for whom English is an additional language.
• As a degree in Education has foundations within Educational Research, some students choose to study for a Doctorate in Education and go on to become researchers and lecturers in universities.
What are the Job Opportunities?
• With further study on a Postgraduate General Certificate in Education (PGCE) course or on the job training in schools (SCITT), many students become Primary and Secondary teachers.
• Others choose to work in Further Education or in the wider education sector as education officers in galleries, museums and community services.
• As Education is an inter-disciplinary subject, graduates also get jobs in media and publishing.
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How do I qualify as a teacher?
Quite simply, if you want to work in the classroom, you need to take a teacher training qualification. Many universities offer three and four-year BEd courses to bring you up-to-date with:
– the national curriculum
– current government education initiatives
– the responsibilities that come with being a primary school teacher
BEd students usually have to study another supplementary subject as a classroom specialism, such as history, maths or science. Courses for students who wish to work in secondary schools are generally at postgraduate level.
If you have already completed a first honours degree in any subject, there is always the option to apply for a PGCE. This is usually one year full-time or two years part-time, with a large chunk of time spent teaching in a school.
With a wide option of careers to choose from, studying a Bachelors in Education does not immediately condemn you to a lifetime of teaching. There are many postgraduate courses that can lead you to do things outside of the classroom. But if you have a passion for teaching, or have a passion about providing better education for the next generation, then this is the course you have been searching for.
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