The demand for STEM skills in the workforce is increasing, with 75% of the fastest-growing occupations requiring STEM skills and knowledge (Source: 2017 report “New Work Order” from the Foundation of Young Australians).
A common misconception is that STEM is seen as an additional subject, and teachers feel they can tick-the-box by adding a STEM lesson such as coding, design or robotics. On the contrary, STEM is best addressed through an authentic integration of STEM principles across the curriculum. The elements of STEM can be incorporated across all learning areas, where students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills. With global forces rapidly changing the future of work, there are major implications for how teachers and parents help students prepare for their future (Source: 2017 report “New Work Order” from the Foundation of Young Australians).
Upskilling is a rising trend for teachers, and the reason why many are choosing to specialise with a Master of Education (STEM) at Western Sydney University.
This fully online degree is designed for upper primary and lower secondary teachers seeking a pedagogical approach to teaching STEM authentically. The course will enhance STEM knowledge and teachers’ capacity to plan, deliver and evaluate effectively integrated learning experiences.
Grant Jones, a recent graduate from the Master of Education (STEM) says the core subjects on STEM gave him a really solid foundation.
“I liked the practicality of the course. All the subjects had relevance to my current workplace and setting, where I could use and test ideas in a real classroom environment.
“I also really enjoyed the collaborative community made available through the online delivery – It was great to collaborate with teachers studying this degree from across the country. I learned what other states were doing and built a strong network with fellow peers,” says Grant.
The academics at Western are all at the forefront of their field and impart a wealth of knowledge and expertise, ensuring that this knowledge is implemented in the classroom of future STEM specialists. The advantage of studying something so topical is there is always a wealth of fresh research, and something new happening. Grant says it was this relevance that motivated him to enrol.
“I wanted to know the pedagogy behind STEM and really immerse myself in it holistically to align with the Department of Education’s future-focused learning principles. This degree has been significant to my career development and now I’m in a senior leadership role,” says Grant.
Western Sydney University is in the Top 2% per cent 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.