New CELA board member and Academic Director of Early Years at UOW, Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett likens constructing a high-functioning early childhood education and care system to assembling a puzzle, with one of the first pieces being a high-quality workforce.
In alignment with this vision, in early 2023, the University of Wollongong collaborated with the NSW Department of Education and ELACCA to launch a new degree aimed at strengthening this crucial workforce component. The Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Accelerated) is a two-year program offering mentoring, online study, and work placements, specifically designed to overcome barriers for early childhood educators seeking further education. The course commences in July (find out more).
Professor Neilsen-Hewett further explains the thinking behind this innovative degree and its effectiveness so far.