Teaching at secondary education level is possibly one of the most rewarding careers available to tutors. After all, we all know how important a solid knowledge base gained in these formative years really is, and this is why secondary education can be such a satisfying route to take. Today’s students are the leaders of tomorrow – poised to take on positions of authority such as politicians, high flying professionals, doctors, nurses and other much needed members of society. Good teachers allow their students to grow beneath their guidance, passing skills and knowledge on and allowing them the opportunity to take that education and grow and develop even when not in the classroom environment. If you yearn to have a career where you honestly do make a difference, then a secondary education degree could well be the route for you.

What are secondary education degree courses all about?
Secondary education programs are all about providing you with the industry specific classroom practice and educational theory. As well as learning the practical side of the education system – such as examination and coursework protocols, you’ll also devote a great deal of time becoming aware of other situations that affect all students. These include cultural, social and various individual needs of the pupils that’ll be in your care, and how such outside influences have a direct effect on the way that a person learns and retains information. Once you’ve covered the mandatory aspects of a secondary education degree, you’ll be likely to have the opportunity to specialize in one or more of a variety of different areas, depending on your preferred area of study.

What will I learn on a secondary education degree course?
Every secondary education degree course has its own manner of presenting the curriculum. However, you’ll be sure to cover the following:

  • Lesson planning and programming
  • Classroom management and how to deal with various behavioral challenges
  • Pupils with learning difficulties and special needs
  • Computer literacy and educational management
  • Field experience, observation and strategies
  • In-depth analysis of the different teaching strategies
  • Specialization in a variety of subjects, including a choice of subjects such as business studies, mathematics, physical sciences and English.

What methods will a secondary education degree course use to teach me?
Using both a theoretical and practical approach, secondary education colleges use your years of study to prepare you to move smoothly from education into the workforce. This is achieved by using methods such as lectures, workshops, discussions, projects, field work and practical placement. Indeed, it would be unlikely for you to not have at least one chance to take part in secondary education work experience in a school for at least some portion of your course. Examinations, as well as ongoing assessments, are used to gauge your progress, and you can expect to have to produce a dissertation and/or thesis towards the end of your degree program.

After gaining my secondary education degree, what options are open to me for employment?
Naturally, most people move into front line educational work after completing their secondary degree course. This could be in many guises – such as the obvious one of a secondary school teacher, but also other areas such as a teaching assistant, special needs teacher, teaching assistant, education administrator or policy development officer. It can also be a step up the ladder towards positions of more authority such as a deputy principle or principle.