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    Hey everyone,

    Lately I've been really confused as to what to do now that my degree is coming to an end. My degree is in Sociology and Education studies and I'm on track for a good 2:1 hopefully. I'm a mature student and before University I did an Access Course and achieved distinctions in all my credits in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology.

    My original plan was to do a PGCE in post compulsory education at Cardiff University, however I'm now not sure whether I would feel confident in teaching Sociology.

    Lately I've been interested in teaching in the Special Education Needs sector, and helping either children or young adults with additional learning needs. I feel this would be something I would be really good at, and would be an extremely rewarding pathway.

    I've had a quick look at courses related to SEN, but I'm unsure as to what would be the best direction into that kind of teaching/support.

    I was hoping to avoid a masters course, purely because the student finance is far less for those courses and I need the most funding I can get right now (I do have a part time job too). I've committed myself to stay in Cardiff for the next year, as I had to put a deposit down on a flat, but I guess travelling out wouldn't be too much of a problem for the right course/opportunity.

    Has anyone gone in this direction of teaching, and if so what course would you recommend?

    Cheers guys
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    (Original post by Martini6)
    Hey everyone,

    Lately I've been really confused as to what to do now that my degree is coming to an end. My degree is in Sociology and Education studies and I'm on track for a good 2:1 hopefully. I'm a mature student and before University I did an Access Course and achieved distinctions in all my credits in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology.

    My original plan was to do a PGCE in post compulsory education at Cardiff University, however I'm now not sure whether I would feel confident in teaching Sociology.

    Lately I've been interested in teaching in the Special Education Needs sector, and helping either children or young adults with additional learning needs. I feel this would be something I would be really good at, and would be an extremely rewarding pathway.

    I've had a quick look at courses related to SEN, but I'm unsure as to what would be the best direction into that kind of teaching/support.

    I was hoping to avoid a masters course, purely because the student finance is far less for those courses and I need the most funding I can get right now (I do have a part time job too). I've committed myself to stay in Cardiff for the next year, as I had to put a deposit down on a flat, but I guess travelling out wouldn't be too much of a problem for the right course/opportunity.

    Has anyone gone in this direction of teaching, and if so what course would you recommend?

    Cheers guys
    Hi

    First of all to be a SEN teacher in a state school, you will need QTS- so you will need to do a PGCE or some other form of ITT (initial teacher training) such as schools direct. All these courses will include elements of training on SEN.

    I think it's more normal to transfer to SEN teaching after teaching mainstream for a few years- but this isn't compulsory.

    On a PGCE (and some other ITT courses) you will get some masters level credits. You may be able to use these in the future towards an M.Ed/MA specialising in SEN.

    If you just do a masters in SEN, but don't get QTS, it will probably be much harder to find a teaching job.

    Why not ask someone in the education department at your uni what they recommend?
 
 
 

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