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PLEASE HELP! 

Hello there, My name is Orlaith and I'm a fully qualified Special Needs Teacher currently based in Ireland. I'm looking to migrate to Australia on a skilled migration visa, but I'm running into difficulties getting my qualification recognised with AITSL because they do not consider Montessori qualifications. My degree was a four year full time degree covering the full primary school age range. I'm hoping to get in contact with Irish teachers based in Australia who are teaching in Special ed and were successful getting their qualifications recognised to do so. Does anyone know of anyone with a 4 year montessori degree who has been successful with AITSL? 

Thank you in advance 
 

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Although I don’t know anything about Montessori qualifications, I would guess that there are certain elements or components to the degree that do not meet their specifications in order to deem it equivalent to an Australian qualification.

If you’ve received a negative outcome, they should explain why it has been declined?

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Cheers Bran. I haven't actually applied yet, but might just take the chance and apply anyway. I was hoping that someone might know of someone that has tried and hopefully successful. 

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4 minutes ago, Orls Ni Neill said:

No, there's no special need initial teaching degree available in Ireland. Only post grad, but I don't hold one... 

Ah ok, I think that might be a problem. I did a 3 year degree in primary education and then a Masters in special needs, and that qualified me as a special needs teacher. I think you will need to do the post grad to get recognised by AITSL, as the special needs requirement is 1 year full time study ? 

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Cheers Bran. I haven't actually applied yet, but might just take the chance and apply anyway. I was hoping that someone might know of someone that has tried and hopefully successful. 

Perhaps consulting a MARA agent would be beneficial before possibly wasting time and money? Most are more than likely able to give you a good indication on your success chance.

Good luck though, it’s a tough process!

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Thanks Bran.

Niamh, did you have to give much info from the university you obtained your post grad from? Or just your certificate? 

Thanks again guys. 

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25 minutes ago, Orls Ni Neill said:

Thanks Bran.

Niamh, did you have to give much info from the university you obtained your post grad from? Or just your certificate? 

Thanks again guys. 

All they needed was my MA transcript and certificate. I think you have to give them the dates as well that you undertook the course so they can see that it a full year. 

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11 minutes ago, Orls Ni Neill said:

Thanks Niamh... 

No problem! Feel free to message me if you have any more questions ?

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AITSL definitely do not accept Montessori qualifications. From their website:

I have Montessori qualifications. Can I use them as evidence of initial teacher education?

No, Montessori qualifications are not recognised by AITSL as meeting the professional criterion as it is considered a specialised method of teaching.

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I would advise you do a masters.

 

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On 06/09/2018 at 03:29, niamhmulk said:

Ah ok, I think that might be a problem. I did a 3 year degree in primary education and then a Masters in special needs, and that qualified me as a special needs teacher. I think you will need to do the post grad to get recognised by AITSL, as the special needs requirement is 1 year full time study ? 

Hi Niamh - (And sorry Orls for jumping on your thread here!)

I too have a 3 year Primary Education degree... As you will know, AITSL won't accept this on its own to give me a skills assessment...

Can I ask which uni you did the masters in SEN? Also - Did you come to Australia as a Primary School Teacher or Special Needs Teacher/Educator? 

My concern is that I do a masters in SEN but then still can't qualify for the skills assessment as I'll have 3 years Primary and 1 year SEN...

Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks in advance 🙂

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Hi Guys,

I appreciate this thread is quite old, but my partner is in a similar situation.

She also has a degree in Montessori from Ireland, and AITSL have given her a negative skills assessment for an early childhood teacher as they don't recognise her Montessori degree. However, she then went on to get a positive skills assessment from ACECQA, as part of which they recognised her degree as equivalent to an Australian Degree in early education.

 

This to me is a bit of a contradiction, and we are unsure if we should have another go at the AITSL? Has anyone ever heard of the AITSL ever recognising a degree in Montessori? I know on the website the say "in general we do not recognise Montessori Degrees", but maybe we have some hope with the recognition from ACECQA?

 

Any advise or insights would be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks guys.

 

 

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Hi, unfortunately AITSL will not recognise Montessori qualifications, so would not put anymore money into it this route. There should though be a few threads of people having the same issues or can jump in saying what they had to do to gain a positive skills assessment.  Try approach a MARA, as may have some good advice for you both moving forward. All the best. 

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Hi Orla

I was hoping you could help me as I am currently going through the same problem. I have a four year BA Hons in Montessori Education which covered special ed and primary school curriculum but have just read on AITSL website that they do not accept Montessori degrees. I don't really know what to do now as if I cannot obtain a skills assessment can I even teach in Australia?

 

any help would be appreciated

thanks

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Hey there...

You can absolutely teach in Australia... AITSL is only for visa purposes. You just need to get your qualification recognised when you get here, or even start the process now from home. Then you register with teaching council here and you are good to go! 

Visa wise, I had no luck with the visa... when I put my case forward, they said they would look at it on an individual basis. However, I was a days out from the TP days requirement... so you never know? It might be worth a try? 

Are you over 30 yo? 

Best of luck with everything and keep the chin up! 

Orlaith 

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Hey guys,

I wish I came across this thread before I paid for my skills assessment with AISTRL!! Just received a negative on my BA Hons in Montessori Ed which was the only thing left to do so that I could apply for my PR. Now I am lost and have no idea what to do next. I was going to show them my acecqa letter (which I should have attached) but reading above makes me think that even that won't change their minds. 

Any help in regards to the visa purpose would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! 

Thanks

Kelly

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to ask if the AITSL consider if ever I will get assessed for Early Childhood Teacher 241111, do you guys think that they consider my work experience working in an early childhood setting as an Educator?

 

Thank you so much for whoever can answer this.

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