20 years of the Master of Teaching: Laura Hayman - A passion for student learning and wellbeing

2 November 2016

Laura found peer collaboration to be a highlight throughout her M Teach
Laura found peer collaboration to be a highlight throughout her M Teach

Determined to pursue her passion for student learning and wellbeing, Laura completed the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) at The University of Sydney because of the emphasis placed on practical experience.

Laura had already completed a four-year Psychology Honours degree, which is a pre-requisite for entering the program.

“Throughout my degree, I did four different 4-5 week long school placements, which really helped to prepare me for my work in schools,” she said.

“This is one of only two courses available in NSW that qualifies you to work as a school counsellor, with the other program being for already qualified Department of Education teachers.

“I enrolled at the University of Sydney because it’s one of the leading universities in Australia, with an outstanding reputation.

“Growing up in a small country town, I was excited to attend a university with such a diverse student population and active campus life.”

Laura found peer collaboration to be a highlight throughout her degree.

“While many university students bemoan group assignments, in my experience there is a high level of collegiality amongst the Master of Teaching cohort,” she said.

“I believe that this is because everyone shares a common passion for student development and understands the real-world value of their degree for improving future student outcomes.”

Her advice to future students is to maintain a spirit of collegiality with each other, by sharing workshop plans and other counselling assignment tasks’ resources created by fellow students.

“These shared resources are very useful when you are on practicum. It’s also good preparation for working in schools, as teachers and school counsellors must collaborate and work in teams on a regular basis,” she said.

Laura has long-term plans to become a registered psychologist, which she can achieve by receiving nine terms supervision while working as a school counsellor. In the short-term she wants to develop her skills as a school counsellor.

“I want to continue to improve my capacity as a school counsellor so that I can provide the best quality psychological services and advice I can to my students, their families and school staff,” she said.

The Master of Teaching (School Counselling) will allow you to become a school counsellor/school psychology, with a dual qualification in teaching and school counselling/school psychology.

The NSW Department of Education are offering graduate scholarships for successful applicants to the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) program.

The graduate scholarship: Supported Students, Successful Students School Counsellor Graduate Scholarships is specifically for MTeach(School Counselling) students and gives you up $24,000 per year of study, up to $6,000 appointment allowance, up to $1,500 for textbooks and also full-time permanent school counsellor employment.

Applications for 2017 are now open and close on 9 December 2016.

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