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Which subject to teach?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by sjn17, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. sjn17

    sjn17 New commenter

    Hello everyone!

    I have just joined, so please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong thread. I would like some advice from Secondary school teachers (public and private) on which subject it would be best to specialise in? I have two undergraduate degrees, in History and Law. In Scotland, where I will be doing the PGDE, I can specialise in either History or Modern Studies. However, I don't want to be tied to Scotland, and want to be able to further afield. I would love to do a teaching exchange to the US in the future. If anyone can advise me on which of these two subject choices would offer most flexibility (and job openings!) I would be really grateful!
  2. stargirl577

    stargirl577 New commenter

    Hi, @sjn17
    I'm not sure how to advise except on this point. I am a US teacher, and there are loads of social studies teachers, which both history and modern studies would fall under in the US. It's usually most difficult to get a job in social studies because it's not a tested subject in most places in the US, so the jobs are given to coaches. You know how we love our sports. o_O However, I'm not sure if you did an exchange if it would be any easier. Good luck!
  3. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    History. Without a doubt.

    Very few schools I worked in (more than a dozen) taught Law - I think 2 and they both gave up after a while.

    You can always offer Law as part of General Studies/PSHE etc., possibly as a non-exam subject.
  4. sjn17

    sjn17 New commenter

    Thank you @stargirl577! Hmm, I had a sneaking suspicion that would be the case. If only I'd studied STEM subjects...! ;)
  5. stargirl577

    stargirl577 New commenter

    Yep those jobs are in high demand! I think it's a little easier to find positions in the middle schools (11-14 year olds) if you'd be open to that one day. Of course, maybe they'll be a huge need for social studies teachers after our next presidential election... ;)
  6. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    History. Nobody outside of Scotland knows what Modern Studies is.
  7. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    History without a shadow of a doubt! More opportunities!
  8. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Why not both? History is not really a shortage subject. But the ability to offer both might be a clincher for a job.
  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    You can't do both on a PGDE. You qualify in one subject and you can add others afterwards.

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