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    What is the demand for geography teachers in NZ?
    Is it a compulsory subject pre-options?
    How many hours a week does a student learn about it?
    What are the topics taught?
    How commonly is it available as an option?
    What is the most valued/common method of going into teaching geography (geog degree, post-grad teaching diploma OR teaching degree, specialising in geog)?

    Sorry there's so many questions, hope you all can help me with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migueliones15
    What is the demand for geography teachers in NZ?
    Is it a compulsory subject pre-options?
    How many hours a week does a student learn about it?
    What are the topics taught?
    How commonly is it available as an option?
    What is the most valued/common method of going into teaching geography (geog degree, post-grad teaching diploma OR teaching degree, specialising in geog)?

    Sorry there's so many questions, hope you all can help me with them!
    Can't answer all your questions, but

    Things might have changed since I went to school in NZ, but for age 12-14 geog is included in a compulsory subject called Social Studies which has geog, history and a bit of anthropology and people-studies)

    In the last three years of school (sorry, they weren't called years when I was at school, rather they were forms) geog was an available option.

    We did four hours a week on each of our options from age 15-17/18.

    Geog is a pretty popular choice for options (I can't imagine a school not offering it) - it's seen as a bit easier than history (at least, that's why I took it for school cert and bursary ((dropped in sixth form but was easy to pick up after skipping a year))

    If you teach in a secondary school you need a degree in your subject and a teaching post-grad. If you teach in primary school you just need the education degree. (or so I believe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migueliones15
    What is the demand for geography teachers in NZ?
    Is it a compulsory subject pre-options?
    How many hours a week does a student learn about it?
    What are the topics taught?
    How commonly is it available as an option?
    What is the most valued/common method of going into teaching geography (geog degree, post-grad teaching diploma OR teaching degree, specialising in geog)?

    Sorry there's so many questions, hope you all can help me with them!
    1. Demand is not particularly high - unlike maths, physics, chemistry, IT, english etc... there are jobs around but it is not a shortage subject.

    2. Only complusory for Yr 9& 10 as part of Social Studies - which is a mix of history, economics, human geog, some physical geog. For Yr 11-13 it's optional.

    3. For someone coming from the UK, geog as it is taught in NZ is very heavy on the human geography side - all processes, elements, models blah blah blah, which is disappointing given the fantastic physical geography that surrounds us here! Not easy to teach or to learn. Bit of a disappointment in that respect TBH. A lot of what is taught here would be considered fairly out of date in the UK.

    4. Haven't come across any schools that don't offer it as an option. It's a fairly popular subject. Not rated as highly as science / maths / english, but more academic than drama, art, etc.

    5. Geog degree and one-year teaching qualification is probably the most common these days.

    good luck.

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    You can have vacancies sent ot you (using a filter for the different subjects/levels etc) at

    http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/

    this would give you an idea of what is going around.

    Cheers

    David

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    How would I go about training as a Social Sciences teacher?
    Thanks for that link David!

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    Ha! if you mean social studies at High school level you wouldn't really need to train specifically for this... Social Studies is one of the subjects that any spare body hanging around a school will get drafted in to teach if need be!! Mr Rr's fellow SS teachers included a French teacher, a history teacher, a domestic science teacher, an art teacher and a school counsellor! Also, as SS is only taught in years 9 & 10 there are few jobs for SS teachers without other teaching subjects. You often see adverts for 'Geography & Social Studies' or 'English & Social Studies' teachers etc. My advice would be to get your teaching qualification in something else e.g. geography / history / economics / tourism / whatever and be willing to teach social studies too.

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