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29 Oct 2021 • 3 minute read

Become a secondary school teacher in just 18 months

ECU is helping to answer the call for more qualified high school teachers with a new fast-track version of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) that can be completed in just 18 months, commencing Semester One, 2022.

Mr Ryan Marlow smiling, standing in front of the whiteboard in a Mathematics classroom.
Mr Ryan Marlow made the switch to teaching high school Mathematics and has never looked back.

Western Australia is facing a mass skills shortage – and not even schools are immune.

High schools in particular need more qualified teachers.

The skills shortage is likely to get worse before it gets better. In coming years there is an expected exodus of retirement-aged teachers while Australia’s student population will rise 21 per cent by 2030.

ECU is helping to answer the call by introducing a new fast-track version of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) that can be completed in just 18 months, commencing Semester One, 2022.

Secondary teachers in high demand

Master of Teaching (Secondary) Course Coordinator Dr Helen Egeberg said the new fast-track course will provide more specialist secondary teachers in subjects they are most needed, including Science, Mathematics, Design and Technology and English.

“WA is currently facing a real shortage of qualified high school teachers across metro, regional and remote areas and ECU aims to meet this growing demand,” Dr Egeberg said.

An 18-month version of the standard two-year Master’s degree will be available at ECU’s campuses in Joondalup, Mount Lawley and Bunbury, and includes all major and minor subject areas.

“It’s the same course – just delivered quicker,” she said.

Units will be offered during semester breaks as well as the standard semester period.

“This is a particularly attractive option to those who want to obtain their teaching qualification in the shortest timeframe possible, whether you’re switching careers or applying straight from an undergraduate degree.

“The course offers a fantastic opportunity for already-skilled professionals to become secondary teachers, and bring their unique wealth of skills and knowledge into the classroom.”

Make the switch to teaching

ECU graduate Ryan Marlow did exactly that.

“After seeing some wonderful teachers my children had, I knew I wanted to be part of that,” Mr Marlow said.

He switched from engineering to teaching high school Mathematics and Science, and has never looked back.

“Being able to use your industry experience to relate classroom learning to real-world situations is a huge benefit.

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is that light-bulb moment, where a student who was struggling with a concept goes ‘a-ha, I get it’.”

Accelerate your career

Within two years of graduating from ECU, Mr Marlow was promoted to Head of Year 11/12 at St James’ Anglican School.

Mr Marlow has this advice for anyone considering a career in teaching:

“Do it sooner, rather than later. It is so rewarding,” he said.

Say yes to every opportunity. Seek out leaders you respect and ask their advice whenever you can. Educators are always willing to support your aspirations.

Excellent student experience

ECU was rated 5-stars and the top WA university for overall educational experience for postgraduate Teacher Education in the Good Universities Guide 2022.

ECU has been ranked the top public university in WA for postgraduate Teacher Education for learning resources, quality of educational experience and teaching quality in the 2020 Quality Indicators for Leaning and Teacher (QILT) survey results.

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