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#1 casper1675

Posted 27 October 2019 - 03:50 PM

How does one study to be  a specialty teacher?

I currently work as a chef and I've  been doing it for years but I'm almost 30 so I'm having a bit of a "what am i going to do with the rest of my life" moment.
I've been thinking about food technology in High schools or something.  I don't feel like I have the knowledge or skills to teach baby chefs at tafe or anything but I do like to share my knowledge and love of "good food done right"
But how does one study to teach home ec.
I have no interest in being a "regular teacher" i doubt id be cut out for that. Would I have to start with a bachelor of education then go specialized or can I study specifically for it.  

Any home ec teachers out there? Or any websites to search would be great.

#2 José

Posted 27 October 2019 - 03:55 PM

im not sure what you mean by not wanting to be a 'regular teacher'
you would still have to attend whole staff meetings, do playground duties, probably supervise sport, at times possible take extra classes outside your special area etc etc.

#3 Heather11

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:05 PM

You could also look into the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.

Both the kitchen and garden coordinators at our school aren't teachers they are school support staff that had an interest in either cooking or gardening.

Of course because they are not qualified teachers the salary is not at teacher level.

#4 -Belinda-

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:06 PM

Tafe teaching might be something to look into?

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:07 PM

In qld, you would do a post grad degree in high school teaching & then put in for your posting as a home ec teacher.

Its not guaranteed as far as i am aware, unless you are looking at heading into the private school sector.

Edited for horrible spelling.

Edited by PrincessPeach, 27 October 2019 - 04:08 PM.


#6 Babetty

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:09 PM

Perhaps have a look at the food tech curriculum - it would give you a feel for what you would be expected to teach - and if you're not out off by digesting curriculum material, maybe teaching is for you!

#7 onetrick

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:18 PM

Tafe teaching isnt a bad suggestion, and a lot of schools offer students the opportunity to do a VET certificate by going to a tafe once a week. If you enjoy teaching school aged students you could then upskill?
To teach at a tafe I think you just need cert 4 training and assessment (not too onerous), and current industry experience (which you have!), so it would be fairly quick compared to a dip ed.
If you then wanted to work in a school, this will be an asset so not a waste of time. (I'm a teacher but I dont teach foods, so cant answer specific food questions- I know the newly qualified food teachers are more food science/ health than just cooking... well not just as I'm not a cook/ chef and envy those that can, but hopefully you know what I mean!!).

#8 casper1675

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:23 PM

View PostJosé, on 27 October 2019 - 03:55 PM, said:

im not sure what you mean by not wanting to be a 'regular teacher'
you would still have to attend whole staff meetings, do playground duties, probably supervise sport, at times possible take extra classes outside your special area etc etc.

Mostly that I am awful at the basic things like Math, english and science  (any math homework my DD11 brings home is helped by DH)
Im not sure that Im a good fit for a general teacher. The things that go along with being a teacher (yard duty, staff meetings ect.) Dont really bother me

#9 EsmeLennox

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:32 PM

Do you hold a degree in anything?

Teachers in this field are actually in demand in some places, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

#10 casper1675

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:41 PM

View PostEsmeLennox, on 27 October 2019 - 04:32 PM, said:

Do you hold a degree in anything?

Teachers in this field are actually in demand in some places, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

No degree in anything.  I would definitely need to retrain for anything else

#11 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 27 October 2019 - 04:55 PM

Other areas chefs can move into-
Recipe and product development for food companies (for example jams, chutneys, cake mixes etc.
Food procurement buyer for ship/ luxury yacht companies that service visiting vessels or for hotels.
Teacher/ demostrator chef for adult cooking schools or companies showing products at trade fairs etc,

My BIL is a chef and works familiy unfriendly hours. Some of his colleagues have moved into these areas.

#12 IamOzgirl

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:00 PM

View Postcasper1675, on 27 October 2019 - 04:41 PM, said:



No degree in anything.  I would definitely need to retrain for anything else

You need a university degree to be a teacher, if you have any degree there are easier pathways. If you don't you have to go to university to study teaching.

#13 Burro

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:06 PM

What state are you in?

Generally, Uni degree, followed by a masters followed by numeracy and literacy tests (LANTITE). If you do all of that, then you can specialise as a Food tech Teacher but the VCE curriculum has lots of theory, especially for older levels. You would have to be comfortable teaching about food security And nutrition for instance.

I would just train to teach at TAFE and see if you like it. You don’t have to be a master chef. Just learn and practice what the kids have to do, build rapport  and have a degree of organisation.

#14 *Spikey*

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:07 PM

If you like teaching, then food tech/patisserie/hospitality are subjects offered in the secondary school VET curriculum.

You will need:
  • your qualifications in Industry - eg, Cert III/IV in Hospitality,
  • a Cert IV in Training & Assessment, and
  • a Bachelors or Masters in Secondary Teaching.
It is very rewarding as a second career, but I may be biased, I teach VET in Business Services, along with other non-VET subjects. At our school, the foodies only teach food industry courses as there is quite a demand for those subjects.

#15 Grrrumbles

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:47 PM

Could you volunteer first to check it is something you are interested in? Would need working with children clearance.

The specialist high school near me (students with a disability) has a cafe open to the public as part of their training program. Something like that might be a good option to get into the education system.

#16 seayork2002

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:50 PM

I thought you needed a degree to be a primary or high school teacher?

#17 crankybee

Posted 27 October 2019 - 05:50 PM

I think you should approach a school and ask if you can come and shadow a food tech teacher to see what the job is really like. THat's what I did before retraining as a teacher.

#18 MrsCee

Posted 27 October 2019 - 06:10 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 27 October 2019 - 05:50 PM, said:

I thought you needed a degree to be a primary or high school teacher?

You do.

Currently in NSW you are required to do a bachelors degree in subject area over 3 years, followed by a masters of teaching over 2 years.

If you have a prior qualification I think you can have that recognised and credited towards your degree.

Edited by MrsCee, 27 October 2019 - 06:22 PM.


#19 seemingly

Posted 27 October 2019 - 06:30 PM

Could you do private cooking classes or run workshops for kids? I know before and after school programs are often looking for extra-curricula activities especially during school holidays.

Hospitality as a subject is also heavily involved with business/commerce nowadays, so you will be teaching finance and reading/writing reports too.

#20 Cimbom

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:18 PM

Some schools offer VET courses in hospitality. Not sure if you need to have a teaching degree to teach this or if TAFE teaching qualifications are enough :shrug:

#21 PrincessPeach

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:31 PM

View PostMrsCee, on 27 October 2019 - 06:10 PM, said:



You do.

Currently in NSW you are required to do a bachelors degree in subject area over 3 years, followed by a masters of teaching over 2 years.

If you have a prior qualification I think you can have that recognised and credited towards your degree.

Same deal in Qld.

DH was considering retraining as a maths/science teacher.

#22 Cimbom

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

Just found this on google: http://www.heia.com....economics-study

#23 Chelara

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:45 PM

What about working as a chef in a child care centre and possibly moving into early childhood qualifications?

#24 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:46 PM

View PostCimbom, on 27 October 2019 - 07:18 PM, said:

Some schools offer VET courses in hospitality. Not sure if you need to have a teaching degree to teach this or if TAFE teaching qualifications are enough :shrug:

You need both. There are some students who do subjects through TAFE and their teachers at TAFE may be teaching with a cert IV.

But in a school you must have a university qualification in teaching and there are quite onerous requirements for progressing through from graduate level teaching standard once you start teaching. If you teach a VET subject in a school you need the teaching degree AND a cert IV.

#25 Daffy2016

Posted 27 October 2019 - 07:48 PM

I’ve seen some kids cooking schools go completely gangbusters recently. There’s one near us that does school holiday programs and parties, and they’re always packed. You’d probably need a fair bit of capital to start one, but maybe that might be a place to start working with kids?




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