If you’ve been thinking of stepping back into the classroom, this could be your chance.
The application deadline for the Master of Teaching course at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Southern Highlands campus has been extended.
UOW Southern Highland campus manager Stephen Lowe said the university was taking late applications until January 13.
“The Master of Teaching can be studied full-time or part-time, and all classes are conducted at the UOW campus in Moss Vale,” he said.
“So there is no need to leave the Highlands or to study by distance education to get qualified. Many of our students are able to juggle work and family commitments by taking the part-time option locally.”
Mr Lowe said UOW Southern Highlands worked closely with schools in the region to ensure students could complete their practical placements each session in the local area.
“This increases the chance of securing teaching work in the Highlands after graduation,” he said.
Staff and students gathered late last year to celebrate the campus’s first cohort of teaching students in a small ceremony.
Master of Teaching co-ordinator Kim Clothier said it had been an exciting and enriching journey for the students.
The Master of Teaching is the new postgraduate pathway into the teaching profession for Primary and Secondary training teachers.
“It has been a great bonus for the Highlands that UOW decided in 2015 to implement it at the local campus in Moss Vale,” she said.
Ms Clothier said many students who had enrolled in the course were deeply embedded in the Highlands community, and they appreciated being able to maintain that connection by studying locally.
“Many of our students are raising young families, or have strong ties within the area that makes travelling to Wollongong very challenging,” she said.
“At the Southern Highlands campus, students have face-to-face tutorials and plenty of contact with academic staff.”
Students were able to complete their practical placements in nearby public and independent schools, with positive feedback from teachers they worked with.
“This has given the schools the opportunity to get to know potential future teachers, and for our students to become connected to the vibrant range of school communities we are fortunate to have in the Highlands.”
Applications must be received by January 13, for more information visit http://mvale.uow.edu.au/mastersofteaching/index.html or call 4869 2381.