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I'd been teaching for a good few years, and
by the second half of 2007 I knew I was
ready for some formal postgraduate study.
Yes, I'd read extensively, both within my
subjects and as a subscriber to professional
journals and magazines, but I sensed that
I was long overdue for a dedicated course
of study. Initially, the thought of studying
part-time seemed daunting, but colleagues
who'd successfully been able to balance
work, family and study commitments
assured me that although finding the time to
study was challenging, it was possible and
the benefits were significant.
I finally settled on a Master of Educa-
tion by coursework at the University of Mel-
bourne, a degree that enabled me to take
a range of subjects. It combined the rigour
of a master's level degree and breadth in
the coursework option that enabled me to
develop knowledge across subjects.
Location was also an important consid-
eration, since I don't own a car, and needed
to use public transport.
It can be done.
Like most postgraduates, I'm wary of
giving advice, since I know educators are
already a pretty savvy bunch, but there are
a few things I've learned along the way that
may be worth sharing.
Do your research
Work out what you want from postgradu-
ate study and which tertiary institution
can best provide for your needs. Consid-
erable research will be necessary prior
to commencing a cou rse, to ensure that
you choose the most appropriate course.
Of course, an online search is a good first
step, but don't hesitate to make phone calls
and arrange meetings with course advisers,
especially if you're seeking an exemption.
MICHAEL DANIEL EXPLAINS WHY IT'S WORTH ENROLLING IN
POSTGRADUATE STUDY, AND OFFERS SOME TIPS ON GETTING STARTED.
The benefits of postgraduate study
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