The new courses will help to fulfill the growing need for teachers with early years expertise in rural and regional Victoria.
The four year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) will now include a two year Associate Degree in Early Childhood and a three year Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood, providing students with flexible education options.
Head of the School of Education Associate Professor Sue McNamara said the new courses will be extremely valuable.
"Early childhood education is a crucial stage in a child's development and it is essential there be suitably qualified professionals to ensure children have the best start to their education," Ms McNamara said.
ACU National Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) Course Coordinator Karen McLean sees the new courses as an opportunity to improve literacy learning and to introduce future early years teachers to new technology.
"Even at the preschool level, it is important that teachers interweave technology into the teaching of literacy," Ms Mclean said.
"Our new courses offer innovative ways to improve teaching and learning."
ACU National brings early childhood education courses to Ballarat (ACU National 14/12/07)
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18 Dec 2007