QUOTE (tenar @ 22/02/2013, 12:58 PM)
I studied part time and by distance at Monash. If you are interested in learning about that let me know and I'll PM you. My experience was that people studying by distance had a very different experience to those doing the same subjects on campus.
To be honest the first thing you need to work out is what specialisms you would do (if secondary), or whether you would qualify as a primary teacher. Then work out whether there are actual jobs available in your area in those fields. It's all very well to be passionate about teaching but if you can't get an ongoing job in the next decade then the shine will well and truly have rubbed off before then.
Agree with tenar on both these counts. I did my GradDipEd thourgh Monash, part time and distance. To be brief - we got done. But, I also know that the lecturer who was the most problematic (not giving adequate time to distance students; setting a syllabus based on her research interests rather than on focusing on training teachers etc etc) no longer works there after a myriad of complaints from students. I also know that the Ed Faculty has had quite a shake up since then. I chose to go back to Monash for a distance ed, PT Masters, and it's been great. Like tenar, PM me if you want details.
And about the jobs - if you can do your training in Maths, Science or a foreign language, then go for it. Any other subject area is going to require some pretty careful research and thinking.