Charles Sturt University enhances its postgraduate teaching and education courses

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At Charles Sturt University, we don’t believe in standing still. That’s why we’re taking our postgraduate teaching and education courses to new heights. We’ve completed a major review to ensure they work best for industry – and for you.

Our postgraduate courses are designed for qualified education professionals to take their skills further. And they are offered online, so you can upgrade your qualifications while continuing to work. They also provide opportunities to develop leadership and research capabilities.

Flexible future-focused courses

Dr Brendon Hyndman is a senior lecturer and course director in Charles Sturt University’s Faculty of Arts and Education. He’s excited about what the updates mean for those in the education profession.

“In addition to providing flexible online study opportunities for busy education professionals, these course reviews ensure there are even more study pathways available to meet their professional needs.

“One of the exciting updates is that we are providing new specialisation pathways in master’s study for those seeking to explore early childhood leadership alongside the crucial teaching area of curriculum and professional practice.

“The context of early childhood education continues to change. It’s becoming increasingly multifaceted. The sector requires early childhood teachers to access new opportunities to build upon their professional knowledge base. Ongoing learning and development is key to this.”

Specialised courses for the future workplace

Course reviews are conducted at Charles Sturt University every five years. They involve consultation with professionals from across the education sector. Dr Hyndman acknowledges the process is vital to ensure the courses remain contemporary and relevant. And so they meet the emerging needs of education professionals.

“For example, we have almost 30 different ‘specialised’ options that education professionals can gain advanced qualifications in, including a range of graduate certificate qualification options, some of which can be completed in just six months.

“We also have a new master’s course in how to deliver online and distance education. We’ve revamped research pathways to increase students’ preparation for PhD studies. In addition, there are lots of digital subject options to provide a digital technology specialisation.”

Learning leadership

Charles Sturt University has a long history of providing leading postgraduate education opportunities as a key admissions pathway for those who have completed their undergraduate teaching studies, as Dr Hyndman explained.

“Today, school leaders are expected to have at least a master’s level qualification. The master’s courses allow teachers to reflect on themselves and the profession. Consequently, this helps them consider the best next steps to advance their careers.”

One example is the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s national education certification to recognise highly accomplished teachers. Reflective study opportunities in the postgraduate education courses can help school leaders showcase their authentic teaching roles where they teach students over a period of time.

Education professionals can also study areas that include:

  • leadership
  • contemporary literacies
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
  • inclusive education
  • international school leadership.

Advance your career

Take your career to the next level with a teaching and education degree. from Charles Sturt University. You’ll gain industry-leading knowledge and advance your teaching skills. Plus, you can get your degree while you continue to work.