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Swinburne Online launches Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Swinburne Online has launched a new Bachelor of Education (Primary) as the demand for Australian primary teachers is expected to rise over the next few years.

“There is expected to be high demand for primary teachers as many teachers in the workforce near retirement age,” said Sheena O’Hare, Director of Teacher Education Programs.

“As a new group of teachers come through with skills that are appropriate to school learners of today — such as IT expertise, ability to think creatively and current knowledge of new national standards for teachers — these pre-service teachers will be well qualified to step into these vacant roles feeling confident that they have the skills to support their learners.”

This four-year course will equip graduates with a qualification specialised in the education and development of young children from 6 to 12 years of age.

The course develops an understanding of education, preparing students to become teachers who utilise the latest technology and teaching techniques to engage children across a range of subject disciplines.

“Primary school teacher education is a four-year, full-time course that focuses on teaching and children's learning in the areas of arts, English, mathematics, health and physical education, science, humanities and technology,” said Ms O’Hare.

The course is offered fully online apart from four practicum placements, which online students have the benefit of undergoing in their own communities in 20 day blocks per placement.

“Students undertake a range of practical experiences in primary schools and other appropriate settings. We also have a strong placement office with experienced staff able to offer advice and support to students when planning for their school placements.

“Although this course is offered online, it is very different from a distance or correspondence course. Swinburne Online takes the student experience very seriously and does everything to ensure that students feel supported throughout their learning journey.”

Graduates will qualify for teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching for teaching in early childhood and primary school settings, and by virtue of reciprocal arrangements with teacher registration authorities in other states, are eligible for provisional registration in all Australian states and territories.

“Many of our online students are presently working in other roles, and take this opportunity to retrain in a new profession. Many students are working either full time or are caring for children. This course offers the opportunity to both study and work concurrently,” said Ms O’Hare.

Bachelor of Education (Primary) commences in Swinburne Online’s 3rd Teaching period, Monday 4 November 2013.