How to become a teacher
RMIT education graduates Adam Benjamin and Carly Phillips explore the various options for study, and the pathways that can lead you there.
[Title] How to become a teacher
[Short description] In this video RMIT Education graduates Adam Benjamin and Carly Phillips explore the various options for study, and the pathways that can lead you there.
[Additional information] Uplifting and motivational music plays throughout.
Duration: 2:14 mins
[Visual] Short snippets of different students describing teaching in one word
[Opening title] How to become a teacher
Student 1: Fantastic.
Student 2: Challenging.
Student 3: Daunting.
Student 2: Interesting.
Student 1: It’s very different to anything that I’ve done before.
Student 3: I think its going to be challenging.
Student 1: Becoming a teacher is going to be amazing.
[Opening title] Becoming a teacher - RMIT shows you how
Narrator 1: I do want to be a teacher.
Narrator 2: Teaching is what I want to, and RMIT can show me how to get there.
[Screen title] Decide who and what to teach
Adam Benjamin: First you need to decide who and what you want to teach. There are lots of options, such as early childhood, primary and secondary school. And you can teach art, science, maths, or outdoor education. Or you might want to teach short courses for adults.
[Screen title] Pathways
Carly Phillips: Once you’ve figured out what kind of teacher you want to be you need to get the right qualifications. So the next step is to figure out what sort of pathway is right for you. This will depend on your background, how much education you’ve already got. You could be fresh out of VCE, you could have a degree or you might already have industry experience.
[Screen title] Education and experience will determine your pathway
I already had an arts degree with honours, so I enrolled in a grad dip.
[Screen title] Professional practice
Adam Benjamin: To qualify as a teacher, you need to conduct a professional practice. This is contact hours teaching real kids. RMIT has an excellent professional practice program. They can place you in local schools, rural and indigenous communities, or even overseas.
[Visual] A scene of Adam Benjamin spinning model globe and landing his finger on Australia.
Carly Phillips: RMIT provides teacher education at both Brunswick and Bundoora campuses. Bundoora is a direct tram ride from the city, and it’s a beautiful place with open spaces, trees and parkland around. There’s a real sense of community here, and a wonderful and supportive atmosphere.
[Visual] Scene of a tram pulling up, and students eating on grass at Bundoora campus RMIT.
Adam Benjamin: Brunswick campus is even closer to the city. It’s creative, vibrant, and close to Sydney road.
[Visual] Scenes of the Brunswick RMIT campus grounds.
Adam Benjamin: So there you have it, to become a teacher you need to figure out what you want to teach, and who you want to teach it to. And then look at the pathways to getting your qualifications.
[Visual] Scenes of Carly Phillips looking through books in a library.
Carly Phillips: For more detailed information contact RMIT info corner.
[Closing credits] Featuring RMIT students Adam and Carly. Music ‘You and your bright ideas’ by DoKashiteru. Licensed under Creative Commons 2011. RMIT University logo, www.rmit.edu.au
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