Faculty of Education

Julia Willis

"My Master of Teaching Degree has given me the qualifications and experience I needed to move forward with my career in teaching."

Julia Willis, Launceston

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

I have always had a love of art but wasn’t sure how to make career in the area until my year 12 art teacher encouraged me to pursue a career in education.

I initially studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the School of Visual and Performing Arts in Launceston. I chose the University of Tasmania for my arts degree because I wanted to remain living locally and the facility in Launceston is excellent. I was happy with my experience at the art school so it was a natural progression to go on to do the Master of Teaching course at the University Of Tasmania Faculty Of Education.

I was enrolled as an on campus student and attended most of my tutorials and some lectures on campus. Some lectures and some of my specialisation units were only available online. I found the online availability of some units to be great, as I could fit them in with my busy work schedule.

My Master of Teaching Degree has given me the qualifications and experience I needed to move forward with my career in teaching.

I am currently employed at Deloraine High School, where my work involves teaching in various areas, not just the areas I specialised in (Visual Arts & Textiles) at University. My teaching load currently includes Year 8 English, History and Geography; years 7-10 Visual Arts, and Year 8 Textile. I also coach a grade 7-8 winter sports soccer team, so my responsibilities are quite broad!

Teaching in the classroom is only one aspect of my work as there is a lot that goes on behind the scene in schools, such as arranging events, the year 10 leavers dinner, corresponding with parents and other staff, providing social and emotional support for students and being available to supervise various school events outside regular teaching hours.

For the future I would like to work towards gaining leadership opportunities. My long term goal is to teach in a college.

Some of my highlights at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Education include meeting likeminded people, and having lots of fun on campus!

My advice to future students wold be to make the most of your Practical Experience placement! Show initiative, collect resources and make the most of opportunities to network.