Date: 10 January 2018
The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Council has endorsed the launch of free Pre-service Teacher, (University Student) Membership starting from 2018. This includes secondary mathematics teacher specialists and all primary and early years teachers who are required to teach mathematics. As pre-service teachers are the basis of MAV’s future membership, it is critical that this important group are provided support and services to ensure they are highly prepared for a future in the classroom.
This significant change will provide an opportunity for MAV to engage with all pre-service teachers during their studies, and for pre-service teachers to access member benefits and services from the MAV.
MAV currently has over 1400 members from all sectors of education including individuals, schools, universities and other institutions. This provides membership benefits to a growing network of over 13,500 mathematics educators. We expect this number to increase dramatically over the coming year as university students join up. Students looking to start their education career through professional learning, support resources, and industry connections should apply for free membership.
There will be many benefits to the MAV including a larger base of members accessing services and support, and an opportunity to learn from and engage with our future teaching workforce. MAV also expects to see it’s relationships with university education departments strengthen as it starts to work more closely with their students. MAV believes there is role for MAV in supporting universities as they prepare our future teachers.
Student members will receive access to digital versions of MAV journals and magazines, and all other benefits will be the same as a full member. Further, the MAV plans to host some special events just for pre-service teachers, targeting their needs and helping them prepare for the future.
To qualify for free student membership, pre-service teachers must be studying an accredited or recognised Victorian course in education. This can be for example a Bachelor of Education. Many of the courses available are listed here. Postgraduate students studying full-time and not teaching in a paid role, may be eligible for student membership also and should contact MAV to find out more.
More information can be found on the MAV website under the membership section.
The MAV will soon be contacting all university education departments to send some materials to display and hand-out, and to ask for their support in letting pre-service teachers know about this fantastic initiative. If you are working with pre-service teachers, you can help now by sharing this article!
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To join, pre-service teachers can also contact MAV’s Membership Officer, Michael Green: firstname.lastname@example.org