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Not teaching specialist subject

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by Confused88, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone.
    I am currently a student teacher on the post compulsory PGCE and I am teaching health and social care on placement; I teach from entry level 3 up to level 3. However my degree subject is Psychology and unfortunately my placement are being very awkward when I ask for any experience in A level Psychology.
    This will probably mean that by the end of the course I will have very little, if any, teaching experience within Psychology. Will this be a problem when I apply for Psychology teaching jobs? As I have the relevant subject knowledge but no experience.

  2. Thanks for your reply ben62
    I completely agree that teaching isn't just about subject knowledge but I am concerned that if I go for an interview, for a psychology teaching job, they will ask about my experience regarding the AS/A2 curriculum. However I am also interested in teaching functional skills English but I have heard that I would need to take on another qualification on top of my PGCE?
  3. I wouldn't worry too much about subject specialism, look at me started in key skills and now it's functional skills, you muddle along somehow. I have been for one interview and they didn't question subject knowledge just how I would deal with certain situations, eg engaging learners., besides there is nothing to say the curriculum for psychology won't change from one acedmic year to the other. I'm allegedly teaching English functional skills. I'm currently at University doing my Level 5 Dipolma in Teaching English as well as finishing off my CertEd and the two complement each other. The Dipolma is facsinating and gives you a great insight into teaching learners with learning difficulties, dyslexia etc. I thoroughly recommend it.

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