Upskilling is a rising trend in the education sector and the reason why many teachers are choosing to study a Master of Education at Western Sydney University.
Combining both education and business units, the university offers specialisations such as leadership and management to offer relevant, valuable qualifications for teachers.
Combining these units gives students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to lead organisations in an ever-changing education and business environment.
Dr Katina Zammit from Western Sydney University said the Master of Education program teaches skills that can be used across many projects, initiatives and policy development.
“The expertise that students gain can be shared with colleagues in their own school, their cluster, state-wide and potentially at the national level,” Dr Zammit said.
For teachers working in the classroom that are looking to take the next step in their career, a Master of Education opens the door to progress into executive and leadership roles within their school or the education sector.
Paul Kubisch, who is studying a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) said the course has given him a broad mix of content relevant to his current career development.
“The mix of subject content is relevant to the requirements of a contemporary business leader in a modern educational setting,” Paul said.
With increasing demand on teachers, the notion of further study can be daunting – especially when trying to manage work-life balance for those that are already stretched in the classroom.
Studying has evolved with Western’s courses being available in flexible study modes with multiple campuses across Western Sydney to ensure students can reach their full potential with postgraduate study.
Recent graduate Ruth Garlick also liked the flexible study options offered in the course as it combined a mixture of intensive mode classes and online components allowing for full time work and part time study.
“The flexibility of the course and its autonomous approach is well suited to busy teachers who want to learn more about leadership and be more influential in their work,” Ruth said.
“The nature of the course allowed me to put my efforts into my own professional interests and needs, so that I could study elements of my work that I wanted to investigate. This autonomy sustained my interest as I could see that what I was studying was being implemented and making a difference to the people I was working with, and hence the children they were educating,” she said.
“I like studying in my local area, making connections with local colleagues and academics, and being a part of the educational community of Western Sydney.”
Western Sydney University is in the Top 2% of universities worldwide (Source: Times Higher Education(THE) World University Rankings 2018) and has 5 star global ratings in teaching and innovation (Source: QS Top Universities: QS Stars University Ratings 2018).
Employers also rated Western graduates number 1 in Sydney (Source: QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey 2016 & 2017), meaning students can expect a world class education that will be hugely beneficial to their career.
To find out more about studying postgraduate degrees in Teaching and Education at Western Sydney University visit westernsydney.edu.au/education.