Global teaching journey for NZTC graduate
NZTC graduate Kamaleddin Marvian has been calling China home for 15 years. Born in Iran, he first started working as a private English language teacher in Tokyo, Japan, in 1998 before moving to Beijing to continue his teaching career.
Kamaleddin, who recently completed a Master of Early Childhood Education degree through NZTC Global, was inspired to pursue a career in early childhood education when he observed the speedy learning progress of his younger students.
“It was during my career as an English language teacher in Beijing that I realised how fascinating small children are. They learned very fast and quickly made advances in their language capabilities,” explained Kamaleddin.
After working at various primary schools and kindergartens, where he gained a lot of knowledge from the Chinese communities on practice in each working environment, he decided to further his studies in the field of early childhood education.
Motivated by a need to better understand the concept of being a professional early childhood educator and to provide the best possible quality of service to his students, their families and the community, Kamaleddin pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) online with NZTC.
Though it was challenging at first to juggle his studies with raising his son and teaching full-time, with support from the college, determination and hard work, Kamaleddin graduated with his postgraduate degree. Soon after, he commenced his master’s qualification.
“Since I have been away from school for a while and I have family responsibilities, it took me some time to adjust to the lifestyle of a student. Also, I was more used to the traditional way of having classes, and it took me a while to get used to learning online,” said Kamaleddin.
“I am now excited to start applying the knowledge that I have gained from the Master of Early Childhood Education in practice.”
For Kamaleddin, learning and gaining more knowledge of early childhood education is a never-ending journey, and he is planning to further his studies with NZTC by relocating to New Zealand in the future.