Schools head wants post-grad teaching course halved

Dallas McInerney (Catholic Schools NSW)

Catholic Schools NSW chief Dallas McInerney has called for postgraduate teaching courses to be shortened from two years to one. Source: Daily Telegraph.

With an ageing teacher population and too few young teachers to meet forecast school growth, Mr McInerney said the teacher shortage was a “looming crisis”.

Modelling suggests Catholic system schools will need an extra 2000 teachers within a decade, which does not account for the likely retirements among its 2100 teachers aged 60 or older. Public schools will need an extra 11,000 teachers within a decade, according to a separate study conducted by the NSW Teachers Federation.

Attracting more mid-career teachers from other professions is considered vital, which is why Mr McInerney is championing a return of the one-year Graduate Diploma of Education that was scrapped in 2016 and replaced with a two-year Master of Teaching degree.

Very few workers with mortgages can shoulder the burden of forfeiting a pay cheque for two years to become a teacher, Mr McInerney said.

His call comes after the NSW Productivity Commission released a report claiming the two-year postgraduate teaching course was a turn-off for quality candidates.


Catholic schools boss wants teachers trained within a year to stem ‘looming crisis’ shortage (By Jack Morphet, Daily Telegraph

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