Australia is currently experiencing an education boom. The number of primary school-aged children is expected to surge over the next ten years, a report by the Australian Council for Educational Research has found.
The population of students is expected to increase 26 percent by 2022 with an additional 92,000 children to attend primary school in New South Wales and 84,000 in Western Australia by 2020. The uptick is predicted to be even greater in Victoria and Queensland, with both states expecting an extra 100,000 primary students in the next four years.
Based on current class sizes, these states will each need between 350 and 450 additional classes over the next ten years. The report also found the ratio of students to teachers has been falling steadily for a number of years, leading to organic growth in the demand for teachers.
Education is expected to become an increasingly attractive sector for career-seekers in the coming years. For existing teachers a postgraduate qualification is the best way to make the most of the boom, allowing teachers ascend into more senior positions.
“A Master of Education at Torrens University better prepares teachers for the present and future complexities of modern classrooms,” said Associate Professor Christopher Walsh, Program Director of Education at Torrens.
Primary school teacher Catherine Conradie undertook a Master of Education (Reading and Literacy) at Torrens in order to upskill and move ahead in her career.
“I want to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way, do my best and make a difference!” said Catherine.
As a teacher living and working in a regional area, online delivery was important to Catherine and she found the online course with Torrens to be both flexible and engaging. “I could study when it was convenient, while the lecturers and advisors were an email or phone call away.”
It won’t be just primary teachers cashing in – growth in the sector will also present an advantage for high school teachers. The report anticipates the increase in primary students will have a flow-on effect to secondary schools from 2018 onwards.
This is good news for Patricia Sewell, a secondary school teacher and English Co-ordinator, who graduated the Master of Education last year:
“My experience of studying through Torrens has been a rich one, intellectually and personally,”
She chose to study at Torrens because the course covered K-12 and provided a comprehensive overview of literacy. “Not only has it reanimated my passion for teaching, I have learned so much about my own teaching practice.”
If you are thinking about a career change or looking to broaden your horizons, a postgraduate qualification from Torrens can help you get there.
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