Positives: - the friends you make along the way - i have made so many friends for life with the same interests that i have which is great
- placement - all the lives you can impact in such a short amount of time really drives you to want to finish your course
- the flexibility for studying - being able to lower the work load throughout the year and doing intensive units over summer. I studied 3 years full time and i am studying my final year part time over two years so i can work more and study at the same time
Negatives: the way the assignments and units are planned. lots of conflicting information throughout guides and teachers word. different teachers say different things. assignments can be quite difficult and stressful to decipher at times
My advice to future students is: i wish i hadve studied part time the whole time even if it hadve taken longer!
start assignments earlier than you think you need to
Positives: Really good preparation for teaching practice. Expert teachers who currently practice running tutorials for specific subjects
Negatives: Course was a little too theory-heavy and could have provided more practical development opportunities
My advice to future students is: A good degree to pair with another degree. Majoring in a subject which you can then teach.
Positives: Assessments that allow you to use critical thinking.
Negatives: Sometimes lecturers can be vague
My advice to future students is: Manage your time wisely
Be creative and experiment various teaching and learning styles/methods
Positives: This course provides authentic teaching experience for you to be on-site and learn the arts of teaching. It is great for your future employment by getting real working experience in placement. Your cohorts are from different nationalities and you could share thoughts and ideas about early child hood education. The units are flexible according to your time as some units you could study online and some are campus based. Lecturers are open-minded and they were all experienced EC experts.
Negatives: Some units of this course have no much benefits for the future work field.
My advice to future students is: Get the best placement sites as it could affect your future job huntings. Make as many friends as possible for networking purposes.
Most of the tutors at Deakin are overwhelmingly supportive. However, the vagueness of the content offered makes it difficult to apply to the world of teaching. Some subjects are online only which I personally had difficulty with as a 'face to face' type of learner.
I did this course in Geelong and externally (online). I majored in Mathematics.
The course had really great and useful mathematical content.
My advice to future students is: I thought studying online (at home) was a really good offering and option. External studies require considerable organisation and commitment
Positives: Ease of access, online content
Negatives: Travel time, parking
My advice to future students is: Make friendships and volunteer as much as possible
- some of the how to teach subjects
- education subjects don’t link to things you learn on placement
My advice to future students is: Always check your course map is going in the right direction/constantly check with course advisors your on the right track
Positive - the units are really interesting and as I'm studying teaching there are lots of opportunities for teaching on placement to gain real-life experience in the job
Negative - there is a need for units that are based more on real-life situations that occur on the job like children with special needs
My advice to future students is: Take advantage of the opportunities you get on placement and make the most of that experience because that is where you learn the most
A positive is the entryway into large amounts of experience, the course allowed me to have placement within regional education to allow me to fully comprehend the work i'm learning about.
The negatives however was that I was distanced from the rural community that I grew up in and wished to work in.
My advice to future students is: Follow the areas you love regardless of atar received, there are alternate pathways
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