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New Education degrees mark first for Victorian TAFE

25 Mar 2013

In a first for a Victorian TAFE, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) will deliver a new suite of Education degrees commencing in 2011.

The institute announced today that it has been successful in seeking accreditation for three new degrees - the Bachelor of Education (Early Years), the Associate Degree in Early Years Studies and the Bachelor of Early Years Studies. The new degrees have been accredited by the VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority) until July 2015.

Bachelor of Education (Early Years): a four-year degree providing graduates with the qualifications and professional skills necessary to be employed as a teacher across the early years education spectrum.

Graduates will have specialist expertise in the education of infants and toddlers, preschool children and early primary school children; meet accreditation requirements as a kindergarten teacher; and be eligible for registration as a teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Bachelor of Early Years Studies: will provide graduates with the recognised qualification level and professional skills to be employed as a kindergarten teacher in Victoria or as specialist practitioner in early years education and care programs for children from birth to five years.

Students will gain theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to the education and care of preschool aged children as well as infants and toddlers. Students will develop an awareness of the transition needs of children moving across the learning spectrum from preschool to early primary school and will gain an understanding of the range of early years programs and settings.

Associate Degree in Early Years Studies: provides graduates with theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to early years education and care, with strengths in infant and child development and sociocultural frameworks for learning in the formative years.

Students will gain professional skills to work as a skilled practitioner with specialist knowledge of early childhood education and the care and development of children under three years of age, with a strong focus on infants and toddlers.

NMIT anticipates that the first intakes for the new degrees will commence in Semester 1 2011 and applications for enrolment can be made through VTAC.

"This is an important milestone for NMIT as the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) has noted that NMIT is the first TAFE in Victoria to be approved to offer a program that prepares early years teachers," said Dr Christine Spratt, NMIT Deputy Director of Programs (Higher Education).

"The VIT has congratulated NMIT and wishes us success with the program into the future," added Dr Spratt.

Initial enquiries regarding NMIT's new Education degrees can be made by contacting:

Frances Coppolillo
Associate Director - Faculty of Further Education
03 9269 1010

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