Making The Transition to a Teaching Career | Excelsia College

Making The Transition to a Teaching Career

Switching careers is a significant decision, but it can be a highly rewarding one. If you’re contemplating a shift to teaching, here are some key insights to consider.


Why Choose a Career in Teaching?

Becoming a teacher holds numerous motivations. Here are some common reasons:


Creating an Impact

For those seeking fulfilment in their professions, teaching offers an exceptional chance to leave a lasting impression on students and, in turn, the world. By imparting knowledge, values, and life skills, you can aid students in developing their understanding, principles, and practical abilities.


Continuous Learning

Teaching is a dynamic field that constantly challenges educators to stay updated with the latest educational techniques, technologies, and trends. If you’re looking for ongoing personal and professional growth, teaching provides the ideal environment. Given the ever-evolving nature of our world, you might even find yourself learning from your students.


Job Stability and Security

The demand for qualified teachers in Australia continues to rise, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that geographical constraints are minimal, allowing you to work in any part of the country. Projections by the New South Wales Teachers Federation say that we will need over 11,000 more teachers by 2030, a number which is set to grow in the following years.


Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Teaching

Enrolling in a master’s degree program in teaching can significantly facilitate your career transition. Such a degree equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel as a teacher. It also readies you to handle classroom challenges and keeps you abreast of the latest educational trends. Excelsia College provides a master’s degree in teaching designed to support your career shift. The program combines rigour with flexibility and offers the chance to learn from experienced educators. The practical classroom experience is also integrated into the curriculum.


Transferable Skills

For both secondary and primary Master of Teaching programs at Excelsia College, your prior bachelor’s degree and non-academic experiences can bolster your application and future career prospects.


Hands-On Experience

Excelsia’s Master of Teaching programs incorporate practical teaching opportunities within real classrooms. These hands-on experiences offer invaluable real-world exposure, allowing aspiring educators to apply theoretical concepts in actual teaching settings. Current teachers supervise these experiences, offering their insights and feedback.


Professional Networking

Pursuing a master’s degree at Excelsia enables you to connect with seasoned educators, professors, and fellow students. This network serves as a valuable support system and provides mentorship opportunities, smoothing your transition into the teaching profession.


Navigating the Transition

Shifting to a teaching career may seem daunting, but it’s entirely achievable. With dedication and hard work, you can realise your dream of becoming a teacher. Tips shared by previous career switchers include:

Research various educational paths. This is particularly relevant for secondary school teachers who specialise in specific subjects and teach across grade levels.

Gain volunteer experience before commencing your course. Volunteering at local events and schools can offer insights into the teaching experience. Excelsia’s program also incorporates hands-on experience through placements in different schools.

Be prepared for long hours and flexibility. Teaching demands dedication, involving preparation beyond classroom hours, including lesson planning, material gathering, and grading.

Persevere through challenges. The journey may present difficulties, but persistence is key. Achieving your goal of becoming a teacher requires dedication and determination.


Frequently Asked Questions

What educational background is required for a master’s in teaching?

Applicants typically need an accredited bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the Master of Teaching program. For specific requirements and admission without prior study, refer to the pages for Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary).


How long does it take to become a teacher in Australia?

Completing the Master of Teaching program at Excelsia College takes two years of full-time study.


What is the ideal age to pursue teaching?

While individuals starting their careers directly after university are usually around 23, there’s no age limit for becoming a teacher. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to embrace teaching.


Can you teach in NSW without a teaching degree?

To teach in NSW public schools, completion of teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university or tertiary institution is required.