Studying Education in Australia at university
Getting your university degree in Education will prepare you for a wide range of careers – because this isn’t a field restricted to those who want to go into classroom teaching. Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education could tackle the working challenges of teaching school children, but you’ll also find a rich collection of other interests.
That’ll include opportunities to examine how humans learn and how we teach. As an Education student you may focus on children’s rights and law, and that could include aspects of gender, culture, religious and belief systems. Your academic studies could give you a far better understanding of how such issues contribute to national curriculums and educational policies – which means students have a chance to explore what is behind the big decisions and long term planning of governments, as they carefully design and invest in education.
And you’ll find a rich collection of other interests for your own learning – sociology and cultural heritage, including ideas about learning from the past. Plenty of course units in this field give you access to recent research in the psychology and philosophy linked to Education in its various forms.
Typically, universities will ensure you are both challenged and provided with knowledge that you can successfully apply in real life situations, delivering your course using a mix of classes that encourage both critical thinking and applying your knowledge. So expect workshops, seminars and group tasks, as well as one-to-one tutorial meetings.
Also common, but not universal, is the course requirement of a final year thesis. For this you might find yourself considering evidence from different studies and research reports, using what you find for the debate of issues like male-female equality in schools.
What will you do as a successful graduate? The answer shows that in sheer scale of opportunity, an Education degree will set you up very well. Here are some examples of what you could do and how you could earn your living. If teaching comes top of the list, remember that graduates also embark on careers in the media (including television) and cultural organisations, in publishing, or careers as skilled communicators in management and business, or in business administration.
It’s sensible for your choice of course to reflect this, because if your goal is teaching then you’ll need detailed advice on how your university plans to provide opportunities for classroom experience as part of your training, or extending your training beyond your degree. Budding teachers heading for careers in school classrooms should consider whether a double or joint degree covering a school subject will be a better option at university in Australia – specialising in Maths, in Languages or in Science can be a major boost to your job prospects once you have qualified. And of course, you should also know what international recognition there is for your Australian qualification back home in Taiwan.
(以上圖片皆來自La Trobe University)