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Dear TDA Which course to take?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by gonechopin, May 18, 2011.

  1. I am currently studying Music and French at Leeds University in my 2nd year. I am interested in becoming a teacher and possibly teaching abroad in the future. I have looked into GTP as you are paid whilst training, but have read that this is mostly not accepted abroad. However, I am worried that I will not be able to afford a PGCE at primary level. I would also like to specialise in special educational needs at some point. Next year I will be a language assistant in France, so I should gain some valuable experience. How do you suggest that I could fund a PGCE or a teacher training programme, and what courses would be best for me to take?
     
  2. I am currently studying Music and French at Leeds University in my 2nd year. I am interested in becoming a teacher and possibly teaching abroad in the future. I have looked into GTP as you are paid whilst training, but have read that this is mostly not accepted abroad. However, I am worried that I will not be able to afford a PGCE at primary level. I would also like to specialise in special educational needs at some point. Next year I will be a language assistant in France, so I should gain some valuable experience. How do you suggest that I could fund a PGCE or a teacher training programme, and what courses would be best for me to take?
     
  3. As you have already discovered, many overseas countries recognise the PGCE as a suitable qualification for teaching in their country. As the GTP does not lead to an academic qualification, certain countries do not accept candidates who gained QTS through this training route. We would suggest that you contact schools or the educational authorities of the countries in which you may wish to work, to find out about their specific qualification requirements for teachers.
    As you may wish to teach abroad, you need to consider your route very carefully. Although you have said that you wish to train at primary level, as you are studying French, you may wish to consider training to teach this at secondary level. Modern foreign languages currently attract a £6,000 bursary and when you have gained qualified teacher status, you are effectively qualified to teach any level. You can then go on to gain further qualifications in order to enable you to specialise in special educational needs.
    Whether you chose to train to teach at primary or secondary level, have a look at the finance you may be entitled to on the Student Finance England website:
    www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/index.htm
    Good luck with your application and we hope you enjoy your experiences as a language assistant in France.
     

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