Students commencing the Master of Teaching this year come from a range of backgrounds, including recently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree locally or having studied Marine Biology away and returning to study after working for a number of years.
Student Warren Pearce says “the spark that made me consider going back to study the Master of Teaching was the realisation that I needed a career change." After working in the emergency services sector for 12 years Warren says, “I was unhappy at work and needed to change career paths for my wellbeing”.
Warren has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Bachelor of Arts with majors in Professional Writing and Editing as well as Literature, so the Master of Teaching was the perfect study option where he could utilise his prior study and continue his passion for writing and literature.
The Master of Teaching, Secondary and Primary are delivered through blended online learning, with three five-day intensives at either La Trobe's Bendigo, Melbourne or Albury-Wodonga Campus. This structure means the degree is easily accessible to the Mildura community who might be looking to re-skill and go on to become teachers.
“The option of being able to study this course in Mildura means everything to me and quite simply, if the course wasn’t offered in Mildura, I wouldn’t be enrolled in the course at all,” Warren said.
Dr Deb Neal, Head of Campus Mildura says, “It’s great to see students either come back to study or continue on to complete the Master of Teaching and utilise the skills they’ve already learned to succeed”.
In Mildura, local students enrolled in the Master of Teaching are catching up on campus to form a study group, be introduced to support on campus and ensure they are part of the La Trobe network.
“It’s important that a student is part of a community whilst studying even if it is online study and so we’re glad that our Master of Teaching students are joining us on campus, are involved in the students association and attend university events,” Dr Neal said.