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Why would a Qualified Teacher want to do more study?

by Melanie Wong
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question markHow many times have you thought you really would like to do something more than what you are doing – but people mock your ambition or it just seems too hard to try? 

For early childhood teachers the goal is to gain a diploma or degree in early childhood teaching. Further study beyond the undergraduate qualification is rarely recognised in pay scales and can be considered superfluous to being a teacher, i.e. a waste of time.  

In this article Melanie Wong provides a personal account of her journey from being an unqualified qualified teacher to becoming “over-qualified”. She encountered biases that the early childhood field generally does not acknowledge to exist and discovered an unanticipated outcome of pursuing further qualifications.

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