Sujata Rajaram
Master of Education

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I have long been interested in teaching. When I entered the teaching profession last year, I wanted to upgrade myself mainly for self-actualisation purpose and also to gain knowledge in the areas such as curriculum development, teaching skills and teaching methodologies.

The Master of Education (MEd) programme is offered by the University of Adelaide (UoA) through Ngee Ann-Adelaide (NAA). Since I knew I would act on my passion and teach as a career in the education sector, I feel the programme would help me build my skillset and knowledge that would be relevant and vital to boost my contribution towards the teaching profession. Prior to my enrolment into the programme, I researched on the programmes available in the market and found UOA‘s to best meet my needs for a highly reputable, world-class university to further my studies in.

UoA is a Group of 8 research intensive university and consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Students receive the same instruction from the same faculty that teach on Adelaide campus, and the degree that the students here receive will be exactly the same as the campus-based students.

The MEd programme is designed for teachers, trainers, educational consultants and any domestic or international student wishing to study Education at a postgraduate level. Though students are required to complete 16 courses over a period of two years, applicants who have an undergraduate degree in education or who have significant teaching experiences, are eligible for advanced standing, assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Students can also pick from a diverse range of electives/specialisations which include leadership, research methodology, curriculum planning which may relate to what they teach, to enhance their overall learning experience in the programme.

After having spoken with one of the programme consultants before enrolment, I was all the more convinced that the modules offered in the programme are what I was looking for.

Each module is delivered via two intensive weekend classes which suit my schedule very well.

Having recently completed the module Curriculum Development & Innovation, I am now more confident to be involved with developing curriculum in my school. In the duration of the programme, I also hope to learn to build my capability in setting tests and examination questions for my students.

Most of the modules I have studied are actually quite interesting. Taking the module Curriculum Development & Innovation for example, I was able to use Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to guide my students and also to get them to use PBL to learn and gain new knowledge.

I am currently a lecturer with the Republic Polytechnic, in the School of Sports, Health and Leisure. I teach students in the Diploma in Health Services Management programme.

The knowledge gained from my MEd studies in NAA has further enhanced my interest and skills in my career. The sharing of insights by the professors and my course mates on their classroom practices also provided me with many new ideas and thoughts on education. The programme has given me a better grasp of a wide array of teaching skills and methodologies.

One of the biggest challenges I face, is trying to complete assignments on time, as sometimes I could be doing two assignments from two different modules which are due for submission at the same time. But as someone who does not procrastinate, I have always liked to start doing things early instead of leaving them till the last minute.

Believe in yourself that it can be done. I have always worked and studied at the same time, even in my previous employment where I pursued an advanced degree while working as a nurse at the same time.

For a period of nearly 24 years, I started off as Staff Nurse, before being promoted to Senior Staff Nurse, Nurse Clinician and lastly Senior Nurse Clinician, working in key hospitals like Toa Payoh Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital before I decided to make a career move into teaching.

It was also during this time that I amassed a wide array of nursing-related qualifications such as Certificate in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Advanced Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Aged Care and Master of Gerontology.

All it takes are relentless perseverance and good time management.

The programme has helped me to be more focussed on teaching, how to be an effective positive influencer, with heavy emphasis on pedagogy, teaching methods, philosophy of education, and educational technology.

My professional goal is actually very simple – I aim to be the inspiring teacher that my students deserve.