Early childhood educators can now earn their degree in two years as opposed to four thanks to a cutting-edge new programme.
The accelerated pathway programme allows for flexibility in the timing and length of placements, with student teachers completing a 12-week professional experience programme over the course of two years.
This week, more than 270 early childhood education and care professionals will begin a ground-breaking new programme that will allow them to complete their degrees in two years as opposed to four while also enhancing the results of young children.
The Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Accelerated Pathway Programme) was created by the NSW Department of Education in collaboration with the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA). This programme will enable educators with diplomas to upgrade their skills and receive mentoring while still in the classroom.
Prue Car, the deputy premier and minister of education and early learning, stated that the programme is a vital commitment to resolving the present labour difficulties and would help satisfy the need for highly qualified teachers in the industry.
“This program has been designed to meet the needs of experienced educators already working in our system who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families,” Deputy Premier Car said.
“By recognising work experience and prior learning through a credit-point system, we can support great educators to take the next step in their careers and become qualified teachers in just two years.
“Educators will be able to translate what they’re studying in real time into their daily practice, working with children to improve their education and learning outcomes.”
Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Academic Director of the Early Years at UOW, praised the industry’s “incredible” enthusiasm and support.