Back in June I was considering my options for next year. My Bachelor of Theology (BTh) course is only part-time, which leaves me a little bored when I'm not in the middle of assignments. I could do it full-time but that would be expensive for something that is unlikely to lead to employment. I could also do more mentoring, but that only takes place twenty weeks a year.
I've looked at various possibilities including getting a full-time job, getting a part-time job and studying part-time, doing a 6 month TAFE (adult education) course in childcare, or studying something else full-time. The pregnancy put everything on hold, but I realised on Monday that the close date for most University applications is today so I've had to act quickly.
I'm planning to stop the BTh course (I have completed 8 out of 24 units which means I can leave with a Diploma of Christian Studies) and start a four year Bachelor of Primary Education in March.
I've applied to the Catholic University of Notre Dame to do a Bachelor of Education (Birth to Twelve Years) which would allow me to work in either a day care centre (doing 'school readiness' work with the older children) or in a primary school. As a bit of a wildcard I've also applied to the University of Sydney to do their Bachelor of Primary Education. It has a much higher entry qualification for school leavers than the Notre Dame course so I suspect I won't get in, but it's worth a try.
Both Notre Dame and Sydney Uni are at Broadway which is much closer to home than Strathfield where I'm currently studying. This will make a big difference if I'm there five days a week.