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Is a PGDE worth it?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by peanut333, Jan 29, 2019.

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  1. peanut333

    peanut333 New commenter

    Hello, I'm new to TES

    I'm currently undergoing interviews for my PGCE, so far 2 interviews and 2 offers - YAY!
    My next interview is actually for a 120 credit PGDE course.
    I initially applied for this thinking it would be my first choice because in a sea of newly qualified teachers I want to stand out as the best and thought having a PGDE over a PGCE is definitely going to help me to do that. I'm also considering turning these credits into a full masters in the future years.

    BUT I have never heard anyone say a PGCE is anywhere close to easy, in fact, "the hardest year of my life" is what I usually hear when I say PGCE, so now the thought of a qualification which is twice the work is becoming a bit daunting. Of course if in the long run it's going to put me in a better position for getting a job then I'm up for the challenge, but if it's not really going to help me, I don't want to put myself through unnecessary extra stress.

    Just wondered if anyone has any advice?

    Thank you! :)
     
  2. IlMentore

    IlMentore New commenter

    I should preface this by admitting that I never heard of a PGDE until just now. That said...

    I don't know about anyone else, but I have found that you learn far more at the front of a classroom than you do in PGCE lessons, so I cannot imagine that a PGDE will prepare you to teach any better. If you want to stand out, work on your subject knowledge and personal qualities. English or maths teachers willing to run a D&D group one evening a week stand out, computing teachers who have worked in computing stand out, someone who walked out of school into a degree and then onto a PGCE without ever seeing the world outside academia... not so much. It shows devotion, but you will (as you suggest) get lost in a sea of recent graduates only differentiated by their subject.

    And yes, PGCE is far from easy despite being ungraded. I found the jumping through hoops worse than the academic side though, trying to get logs signed and lessons observations which evidence half a dozen pedagogic theories at once. That said, the things you hate about PGCE will likely be the things you hate about teaching.
     
  3. SammyBear2016

    SammyBear2016 New commenter

    I had quite a different experience of my PGCE. I had been teaching for almost a year in an FE college prior to starting my PGCE. I did it part time over two years and found that gqathering the evidence for hours and observations quite easy as i had a high teaching load. I also found the academic side quite easy and it really didn't take up too much of my time. I imagine my expereince is very different to what you would have if you studied this full time over a year.
     

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