Swinburne Online - a joint venture of Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK Limited - has launched two new online programs in education: a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Master of Teaching (Primary).
Designed for busy, working people, the programs allow workers to upskill or make a career change into primary or early childhood teaching.
New government regulations - to take effect in 2014 - specify qualification requirements to ensure childcare workers have the skills to help children learn and develop. This will affect staff working in childcare, preschools and outside school hours care.
Swinburne Online's new Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) has been developed so that early learning centre staff can gain the skills they need to meet the new requirements without leaving their current workplace.
Director of Education Programs at Swinburne Online Sheena O'Hare said the course provides the skills to work or manage in a kindergarten, pre-school or primary school and qualifies graduates to teach children aged up to eight years.
"Students will learn how to engage young children in literacy, maths, visual arts and music using the latest technology," Ms O'Hare said. "They'll also learn how to identify children's different needs so they can get the most out of their education."
Alongside their online studies, students will be supported to find supervised placements to develop their practical skills.
Swinburne Online has also introduced the Master of Teaching (Primary), which qualifies students to work at any level of primary education.
Academic Dean of Swinburne Online Professor Kay Lipson said the course is ideal for people looking to make a career change and make a difference in the lives of young people in our ever-changing world.
"Teachers today are going to be dealing with tech-savvy students. We're educating 21st century teachers for 21st century learners," said Professor Lipson.
"Our course takes students through the latest technology, educational theories and practical skills needed to teach any level of primary education. They'll also gain practical professional experience through supervised placement in a primary school.
"Best of all our online programs are flexible, designed to meet the educational needs of busy working adults. Students can access high quality programs in an interactive and supportive environment and can study at their own pace."
Professor Lipson said both of the new programs cater well to rural and remote students from all over Australia looking to remain in their community while gaining a formal qualification.