One of the most thriving industries is the education sector. As we navigate through life, most of us will experience various levels of education, such as nursery, primary school, secondary school, and higher education. All of these steps play a crucial role in our personal and professional development, and if you would like to be on the other side of education and help to shape the lives of others, then now is your chance!
There are plenty of education courses that cover different roles within the sector. Whether you want to work as an Early Years Teacher, a Teaching Assistant, or teach English abroad, then there are a range of online education courses available to you.
If you are wondering about the various careers you can pursue in the education sector, then continue reading! We cover some of the most essential roles in the industry, as well as some that you may not have considered before. Once you have finished reading, you will know where to find the best online education courses!
What Jobs are there in the Education Field?
Naturally, most people think of primary and secondary school teaching when they consider the different types of careers within education, but there are many facets under this umbrella. Some of those include:
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
- Early Years Teacher
- Teaching Assistant
- Life Skills Coaching
Stonebridge Associated Colleges provides an array of online education courses that can lead you into one of the roles mentioned above. Below, we have outlined our popular education courses, giving you a snapshot of what to expect.
Early Years Education
Early years teaching is for children aged between 0-5 years old. An Early Years Practitioner is responsible for nurturing and inspiring children, helping them thrive in a crucial stage of development.
To become an Early Years Teacher, you will need to achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), which will then allow you to work within a private, independent, or voluntary early years setting. If you want to work as an Early Years Teacher in a school then you will need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which will involve undergoing accredited teacher training.
When you teach Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, you will focus on the following areas of learning:
- Physical development
- Communication and language
- Personal, social, and emotional development
- Expressive arts and design
- Understanding the world
If you want to gain a solid knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of an Early Years Practitioner, then we provide an array of accredited learning distance courses that will get you prepared. For example, you may want to consider the following:
Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Education) NCFE CACHE Level 3 (RQF)
This education course is a blend of online learning and practical experience. You will need to have arranged a placement or be working in a suitable childcare setting to complete the Early Years Workforce Level 3 Diploma, which is accredited by NCFE CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).
During this online education course, you will study the following themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice
- Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
- Professional Development
To achieve the diploma, you will need to complete a series of assignments based on each module that is covered in the individual themes. Some of the assignments will require evidence of an audio or audio-visual nature. Once you have achieved your qualification, you will be one step closer to becoming an Early Years Practitioner.
You may also want to consider our other online education courses:
- Diploma in Playwork CACHE Level 3 (RQF) (NVQ)
- Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 (RQF)
- Children and Young People’s Workforce Early Learning and Childcare Level 3
Many people begin their careers in education with a role as a Teaching Assistant. This is because it gives them a taste of what a real-life classroom is like from the other side of the table. Some choose to go on to further training to become a Teacher.
We provide a range of courses for Teaching Assistants, which will give you the skills and knowledge you need to embark on a professional position in an educational setting. Teaching assistants are predominantly responsible for providing support to teachers and pupils.
The support provided to pupils will help them develop academically and on a personal level. While many teaching assistants work with pupils at various school levels, some specialise in specific needs, such as Special Educational Needs (SEN).
You can gain the knowledge you need to thrive as a Teaching Assistant with Stonebridge Associated Colleges. We offer a varied portfolio of courses for Teaching Assistants, suitable for inexperienced and experienced professionals.
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)
This Teacher Assistant course is equally suitable for someone who is starting out in this sector or teaching assistants who are qualified at Level 1 or Level 2. This is one of our learning distance courses that blends online studying with a work placement. You will cover a wide variety of topics that will get you prepared for work as a Teaching Assistant. The modules include:
- Schools and Colleges as Organisations
- Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment
- Understand How to Safeguard Children and Young People
- Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People, and Adults
- Understand How Children and Young People Develop
- Support Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People
- Support Children and Young People During Learning Activities
- Support English and Maths Skills
As part of your Teacher Assistant course, you will also cover the following:
- Support the Use of ICT in the Learning Environment
- Support Assessment for Learning
- Engage in Personal and Professional Development
- Support Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication
- Understand How to Support Bilingual Learners
- Understand How to Support Learning of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Support Children and Young People During Transitions
- Support the Role of Play, Leisure and Extra-Curricular Activities for Children and Young People
You will be assessed via question papers, based on the units you cover, as well as direct observation from an experienced assessor. Included in our offering of courses for Teaching Assistants are the following:
- Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Level 4 Certificate
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) – Advanced
- Supporting Teaching and Learning (Bilingual Teaching Assistant) Level 3 Diploma (RQF)
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
If you want to work in a teaching role that involves travelling the world, then train to become a professional that teaches English abroad. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a rewarding qualification that will enable you to work in different countries, teaching non-native English speakers how to speak the language.
From Brazil to China, countries all around the globe are calling out for TEFL teachers, and you can meet this demand by training to become one yourself. We offer a range of learning distance courses that can get you qualified as a TEFL Teacher in as little as eight weeks!
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Level 5 Diploma Bundle (RQF)
This TEFL course contains everything you need and more to become a TEFL Teacher. This internationally recognised Level 5 qualification will allow you to provide your services to schools in other countries where English is not the native language.
During your studies, you will learn how to teach English reading and writing skills, as well as how to plan lessons and work with students one-to-one. By enrolling on this TEFL course online, you will enjoy an impressive bundle, which includes:
- Level 5 Diploma Teaching English as a Foreign Language course
- Teaching English Online course
- Teaching Business English course
- Introduction to Digital Marketing course
- NOCN Level 4 International Certificate in Digital Skills for Teaching Online
- Full career support
- Access to lovetefljobs.com and over 5,000 jobs from across the globe
- CV and mock interview and feedback
To achieve your Level 5 diploma, you will need to complete a range of online quizzes and assignments, with a final assessment at the end of your studies.
What Qualifications Do You Need to Become a Teacher?
The options above all come under the umbrella of education, but if your desire is to become a qualified Teacher in a primary or secondary school, then there are various qualifications that you need to obtain.
In England and Wales, you must gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which can be achieved through an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme. This programme can be studied as part of an accredited university degree or as a separate course, and it will take around a year to complete.
Once successful, you will be awarded QTS and will gain the status of Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), enabling you to complete an induction year.
To enrol on Teacher training in England, you will need to meet certain entry requirements, which consist of:
- Degree – A degree or equivalent at a grade of 2:2 or above is a necessity. For secondary school teaching, the degree should be related to the subject that you want to teach. If this is not the case, it may be possible to enrol on a subject knowledge enhancement course
- GCSEs – To become a Teacher, you will require at least a grade C/4 in GCSE Maths and English, or Functional Skills equivalent
- Declarations and Checks – You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as well as declare any previous convictions
Begin Your Learning Journey!
There are a wide range of education courses that you can enrol on to achieve a career within this sector. Whether you want to become a Teaching Assistant, work as an Early Years Practitioner, or teach English abroad, Stonebridge Associated Colleges provides an array of online education courses that can kickstart your career journey.
Plenty of our education courses contain a blend of online learning and practical training, but some are solely online, giving you a level of flexibility that you don’t get from in-person studying. You will have the freedom to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. This is an ideal learning environment for anyone who has existing commitments, such as a full-time job or young children to care for.
If you want to learn more information about our online education courses or discover more about the benefits of learning distance courses, speak to one of our Course Executives on 0121 392 8288. You can also get the answers to your questions by contacting us online. Alternatively, click below to explore our education courses.