I work as a Special Needs Teacher in a special school in the UK and as a Special Needs Advisory Teacher for the Outreach Service of the special school where I work, advising mainstream schools about Special Education Needs. I also facilitate Special Education Needs training for the Teaching School department of the special school where I work. I have worked in a specialist educational provision for eight years in the UK.
My university qualifications are a 4 year BA and MA combined, Master of Modern Languages degree from the University of Manchester, awarded in 2004 and a primary PGCE (with Modern Foreign Languages) from Manchester Metropolitan University awarded in 2005.
My PGCE included Special Education Needs training and I have completed further Special Education Needs training during my time working in specialist educational provisions, such as a course in sign language, positive handling etc...
I have been looking into applying for a visa to move to Adelaide. I have contacted a couple of registered migration agents in the UK to enquire about migrating, and they have given me conflicting information: one of them stated I would be able to be assessed by AITSL as a Special Needs Teacher and the other thought that I may need to apply to be assessed as a Primary Teacher.
On the immi.gov.au site it states the required skill level for Special Needs Teacher is:
'This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).'
So I believe my four year bachelors/masters degree plus primary PGCE and relevant experience meet this criteria but I can't tell from the information available from AITSL whether this corresponds with AITSL's requirements. The immi.gov.au site advises contacting the assessing authority to check specific requirements.
So I contacted AITSL directly and despite numerous requests for clarification all they do is refer me to the information on the application form and in their Q&A, which doesn't give definitive clarification for this query.
Can anyone clarify which assessment route is appropriate for me? Since I work as a Special Needs Teacher, I have a lot of experience in this field, I would be applying for jobs as a Special Needs Teacher in Australia and this profession is on the SOL, whereas Primary Teacher is not, I thought applying for assessment as a Special Needs Teacher would be the appropriate route for me, but if I need to apply as a Primary Teacher it would be good to know this before I begin the application process and potentially waste a lot of money applying for the wrong assessment.
Many thanks for any clarification or precedents that anyone can offer! :-)