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Re: Which universities offer master courses in Education?

Hi all,

It turns out that I CANNOT do simply a 2 year teaching diploma, this 2 year course is part of a bigger 4 year course, and cannot be isolated.

Having spoke with people at PH and at Uni of Z, numerous times, it seems like there are ONLY two options:

1) Get masters in my subject (maths) and then do the additional 2 year teaching diploma. Total: 4 years.

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2) Do the 4.5 year PH teaching diploma course.

This news is devastating. Not cool. In England a teaching Diploma takes 1 year.

PLEASE, DOES ANYONE KNOW AN EASIER WAY!? ANY SUGGESTIONS MAY BE INCREDIBLY HELPFUL.

I would have hoped there was at least somewhere in Zurich that offers at worst a two year teaching diploma course in German.

Still. I am continueing to ring around the schools, and move mountains to make this work. Determined
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Re: Which universities offer master courses in Education?

Look into what the 4 years entail. At PH, they are heavy into practice teaching, and from what I understand you get paid for some of it. I know someone who was in his 3rd year at PH (doing a teaching degree) and he was teaching 90% of he time, getting paid for it, and 10% was spent at the faculty. Also, he mentioned that in 3rd year, he was teaching as well, and getting paid, not sure how much he was paid/what the % of teaching is.
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Hi all,

It turns out that I CANNOT do simply a 2 year teaching diploma, this 2 year course is part of a bigger 4 year course, and cannot be isolated.

Having spoke with people at PH and at Uni of Z, numerous times, it seems like there are ONLY two options:

1) Get masters in my subject (maths) and then do the additional 2 year teaching diploma. Total: 4 years.

Or

2) Do the 4.5 year PH teaching diploma course.

This news is devastating. Not cool. In England a teaching Diploma takes 1 year.

PLEASE, DOES ANYONE KNOW AN EASIER WAY!? ANY SUGGESTIONS MAY BE INCREDIBLY HELPFUL.

I would have hoped there was at least somewhere in Zurich that offers at worst a two year teaching diploma course in German.

Still. I am continueing to ring around the schools, and move mountains to make this work. Determined
I qualified in the UK in the 80s and there was only 2 routes- a B.Ed.Hons 4 year Degree, or a 4 year Degree and a PGCE. So not very different.

Can you tell me about this 1 year course in the UK you are talking about- to become a secondary school/6th Form specialist teacher- without previous qualification?... and without being able to speak English either?

There is a in-school teaching programme now in the UK- for one year- but you still have to have a relevant Degree and be considered of the right calibre for the programme, and of course have to speak the local language.

School Direct

The School Direct Training Programme allows schools to recruit trainees with the expectation that they will go on to work in the school or group of schools in which they have been trained, though there is no guarantee of employment.
The School Direct programme lasts for one year and has two routes for high-quality graduates who are interested in doing their training in the classroom:
  • Unsalaried - graduates may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you during your training.
  • Salaried - for experienced graduates with at least three years' work experience.
To apply for School Direct, you must apply to individual schools. However, trainees only work in one school once successful in obtaining a place.
For more information, see School Direct

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Re: Which universities offer master courses in Education?

To be a teacher means a hard, many times ungrateful job nowadays.

Teachers in Switzerland called for years for a revalorisation of the job and the authorities begin to implement corrective measures.

A reduction of the teacher-training time or curriculum would lead to the opposite direction I'm afraid, and that would be devastating on the motivation to come to Switzerland to find a job as a teacher .

4 years to go ...tha'ts tomorrow! If you really want to be a math teacher here, you'll do it and laugh about it in 10 years!
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This news is devastating. Not cool. In England a teaching Diploma takes 1 year.
I don't know anywhere where you could actually teach after a MickyMouse course of a year training, to be honest, without knowing the local language. If you know the local language and have a degree in your particular subject, you can get a Masters for Sek I., in a year.

I know it sounds like a major bummer, but sign up and get simultaneously hired, if your local language knowledge certifies at C1.

If not, you will need some time to get your local language up to C1, then doing the actual teaching in a local school while you are a part time student for a local edu degree.

It's not about what you are explaining and teaching the kids, and the fact you know it in your mother tongue. It is completely irrelevant if you fail to explain it in the language the kids speak here. You will have to teach a particular curriculum plus motivate the kids to want to learn, which you cannot do without their language.
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