Australia needs early childhood teachers (ECTs) in the very near future, we’ve taken a look at the research, and it’s very clear. According to research by Future Tracks, Australia currently has a significant shortage of ECTs, and without intervention, will fail to meet future workforce requirements. This is concerning considering the impact and importance that understanding and enhancing children’s learning has on our society and future.

Australia Needs Early Childhood Teachers

DID YOU KNOW?

Australia will need to have around 29 000 additional early childhood teachers by 2023. That’s not too far away! What’s even more concerning is that only 12% of the current early childhood education workforce are qualified to be a teacher, with the vast majority carrying a diploma or certificate-level qualification, meaning they are only eligible to be early childhood educators.

THE SOLUTION – completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is your pathway to an exciting career as an early childhood teacher where you will gain a contemporary body of knowledge and skills to educate children from birth to five years across a variety of settings and professional roles. Central to the course design is the significance of the development and learning that occurs between birth and starting school for every child.

The course is recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an approved early childhood qualification for Early Childhood Teachers under the National Quality Framework. Graduates may be eligible for teacher accreditation recognition via their relevant state regulatory authority.

This degree is for anyone who has a genuine interest in understanding and enhancing children’s learning in a comprehensive and holistic manner. It is also suitable for those who have completed a related qualification and want to further their education to become an early childhood teacher.

FAST-TRACK YOUR STUDIES WITH A CREDIT TRANSFER TO RECEIVE ADVANCED STANDING

Australia needs early childhood teachers (ECTs), and fast, and by upgrading your Diploma into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with a credit transfer we can meet these needs.

Graduates of a vocational CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification may be eligible for entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Eligible applicants may receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing for up to 11 subjects.

Graduates of the nested Diploma of Early Childhood Education through Ikon Institute of Australia may gain entry into the third year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Eligible applicants will receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing.

Students who successfully complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

Source: “Upskilling in early childhood education: Opportunities for the current workforce”, Future Tracks, 2019.

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