Advance your education career: postgrad courses to get you there

Whether you want the next step in your education career to be in or out of the classroom – you can with Charles Sturt’s postgraduate qualifications.

And when you study your postgrad degree with Australia’s most experienced online university, you can advance your career prospects while you work. Plus, as a Charles Sturt graduate, you’ll be set up for career success. After all…

In the classroom

There will always be a demand for teachers. Here are three reasons why.

  1. With a birth in Australia every 1 minute and 43 seconds, there’ll be plenty of children to teach.
  2. An increasingly ageing teaching workforce means job opportunities will be constant.
  3. The Australian government says we are not keeping up with the need for STEM in education. (That’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There’s even a report on it.) That’s resulted in a big push to recruit STEM teachers.

The skills and knowledge you’ve spent years building in your existing career are very likely to carry over into your new teaching profession. Think teamwork, communication and engagement, time management and organisation.

Use your previous work experience and expertise as a foundation for a career change into teaching. You may even be able to teach based on your existing qualifications and career know-how.

  • Master of Teaching (Primary). You’ll be qualified to teach children from kindergarten to Year 6.
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary). Choose to teach one or more subjects to secondary students.

The good news? Whichever choice you make, you’ll be fully qualified in two years and able to teach in Australian government and non-government schools. And because you’ll be studying with Australia’s most experienced online uni, you’ll easily fit study around your life.

The great news? You’ll be ready to educate the minds of tomorrow having gained practical experience in the classroom through workplace learning. That means you’re job-ready.

You can also shift your teaching career into a more specialised area.

Adult and vocational education

When you think of the education industry, what’s your first thought? For many, the mind automatically flicks to the education of children. People often forget about the adult education industry. However, it’s an industry that’s seen a huge uptake over the past few years.

Organisations like TAFEs and registered training organisations are places where adults can complete their basic education, explore subjects of interest or find their way into uni. Then there’s the wide range of organisations – from construction to non-profits – that are recruiting independent educators. People who can develop innovative education strategies to help train and assess their workforces.

Inclusive education

Are you already working as a teacher and want to move into inclusive education? Or perhaps you’re in inclusive education and have the determination to lead the way and advocate for those students who aren’t always able to? A postgrad qualification in inclusive education from Charles Sturt will qualify you to teach and then be considered for promotions – like head teacher roles or higher leadership positions in wellbeing, strategy or policy.

The most rewarding element is that you’ll be giving opportunities to students irrespective of their abilities, while boosting your career. However you contribute within the inclusive education field, you’ll help equip students so they can choose to live their desired lives. It’s removing barriers. Working with community, parents, other teachers, support staff, health and well-being professionals and specialists. And with one in ten people living with disability, the need for inclusive ed teachers and leaders will continue to rise.

Out of the classroom

What if you’re already in the education sector? Or other non-classroom professions that have still have an educational focus? (Police education, social work education, First Nations education, online learning, tutoring organisation – you get the idea.) How can you build on your wealth of practical experience, upskill and progress your career?

A great starting point is a Graduate Certificate in Education. Delivered online for flexibility, you’ll gain industry-leading professional knowledge and advanced skills. You can then progress to the Master of Education (with specialisations) – all while continuing to work.

You can specialise in an area you’re passionate about and you’ll set the agenda and drive innovation in education.

Curriculum and professional practice

Develop skills in professional learning and practice, as well as curricular collaboration. You’ll become  an expert in key curricular areas and be ready for positions like a curriculum director.

Digital technology

Learn about accessible design for learning management systems. Develop knowledge and skills to lead and design digital technologies within educational settings – as well as advancing your skills in social networking and game-based learning.

Early childhood leadership

Ideal if you’re an early childhood educator and want to advance your education career by becoming a centre principal, assistant director or director. Develop professional skills in critical evaluation across the field of early childhood leadership, as well as advance strategies to lead change and learning practices in early childhood contexts.

Educational leadership

Gain the all-round knowledge and skills to make an impact as a leader. Teachers aspiring to become assistant principals or principals will benefit. You’ll dive into the theories of educational leadership and their purpose in 21st century education. You’ll analyse  educational policy and develop an understanding of educational change. Enhance your ability to plan, lead and managing the process of educational change.

First Nations education

Develop strategies and teaching techniques to promote better understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives. You’ll also develop a richer insight into Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contexts. It’s an ideal area of specialisation for those wanting leadership positions within community organisations or non-profits that deals with First Nations issues.

Advance your education career: choose your course

Choose your postgrad qualification and gear up to set the agenda and drive innovation in your education career – in or out of the classroom.