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How to become a Psychology teacher?

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by niklou, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. I am in the final year of my BSc Psychology degree. During this degree I completed a placement year working as an Assistant Psychologist for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I have also had experience mentoring first year UG's as well as GCSE level students at a local school. I have A Levels in Psychology, Business Studies and English Language & Literature, as well as an AS in Sociology. I have 11 GCSEs grades C and above.

    I am very keen to become a Psychology teacher, but I am really unsure of the best way to do this?

    I am not sure I can afford the debt of self-funding another qualification, but if that is the only route it is something I will have to do.

    I would be happy to teach Psychology as my main subject, and then any of the other subjects I mentioned above as others.

    How have other people become Psychology teachers? What options/routes into this career are out there? Would I need to gain experience in a school before I could apply to become a teacher? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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  2. I am in the final year of my BSc Psychology degree. During this degree I completed a placement year working as an Assistant Psychologist for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I have also had experience mentoring first year UG's as well as GCSE level students at a local school. I have A Levels in Psychology, Business Studies and English Language & Literature, as well as an AS in Sociology. I have 11 GCSEs grades C and above.

    I am very keen to become a Psychology teacher, but I am really unsure of the best way to do this?

    I am not sure I can afford the debt of self-funding another qualification, but if that is the only route it is something I will have to do.

    I would be happy to teach Psychology as my main subject, and then any of the other subjects I mentioned above as others.

    How have other people become Psychology teachers? What options/routes into this career are out there? Would I need to gain experience in a school before I could apply to become a teacher? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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  3. Ravena

    Ravena New commenter

    You need to complete a 1 year PGCE at a university which lets you specialise in Psychology or Social Science. Social Science might be better because you could become a teacher of sociology and psychology (and many job vacancies ask for both subjects). I dont know if it's too late to apply now for september, but I'm guessing most courses would be full by now.
    You may be able to find a job in an FE college that will allow you to do teacher training 'on the job' but I dont think there are many opportunities for this at present.
    Best of luck!
     
  4. I am head of psychology at an outstanding school in Coventry. There really are so many options. I trained as a PGCE in secondary citizenship and was asked tonteachnpsychologybwhen I joined my urgent school. I was then promoted to my role as head of subject.

    You could try the teach direct route ( like a gtp). If you are in the midlands let me know I thinking might be able to help. Warwick university run are running a new training programme. I'm unsure about funding though.

    Either way training year is a strain financially
     
  5. Thank you for your advice!

    Do you know what the name of this course is at Warwick so I could look into it? I'm most likely going to be in the Wiltshire area once I graduate, and will aim to look for TA roles and/or a PGCE near to there (I see that Worcester and Wolverhampton do PGCEs in Psychology), but I will move for a PGCE if I need to, it is only for a year.

    I would like to do the Social Science PGCE but unfortunately the Universities that run that are now full up, so I would need to do a year of work experience before I could apply to one of those - which is probably for the best anyway!

    I think I have accepted the fact that it will unfortunately be another year of student loans! Hopefully worth it at the end though.

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  6. As a teacher of 18 years in Psychology I would ask you to consider if teaching is the best option for your future. I regret not continuing my psychological studies and find that I am earning considerably less as a teacher than my peers who did clinical/educational/occupational with a much poorer quality of life. Do not believe that its a great job to have if you want a family because you "get the holidays" - work life balance is awful for every one of my colleagues particularly those who have management positions.
    Yes - there are marvellous sides to the job but these are increasingly rare and the increasing levels of stress, moving goalposts and loss of any real perspective by the government on what education should mean and how it is practised diminishes my enjoyment daily. In the other career options you will have better career progression, better pay, conditions and real professional status in the public eye. the latter of which is totally lacking in teaching
    I would advise you to get a doctorate/masters in another field - and if after that you are still determined to be a teacher and haven't observed your friends crashing/ burning from exhaustion in teaching then you can always enter the field later on the graduate teacher training programme.
    In addition - prospects for psychology look dim under the Gove... I would think about teaching this subject after you see what his plans for 2015 are going to be.... Good luck . This not the ramblings of the bitter and twisted but a Veteran with a taste of realism from the Front x
     

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