Deakin University was founded as regional Victoria’s first university in 1974. From its beginning it has had a strong focus on bringing together teachers and students with the help of telecommunications and electronic technology.
Building on this foundation, SuniTAFE and Deakin University established a Deakin Learning Centre at SuniTAFE’s Swan Hill Campus in 2010.
Deakin University currently deliver their four year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education through this facility. The first year (the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care) is delivered face-to-face at our Swan Hill, Mildura and Robinvale campuses. The second, third and fourth year students receive instruction from Deakin University lecturers via videoconferencing. These lectures are delivered to the Swan Hill Deakin Learning Centre nine times a year. Students are also supported by a dedicated on-site tutor and online resources.
An option many students take is to complete the four year program in three years by only taking a small break over Summer and not the traditional three month university break.
Students completing this qualification become accredited to be a kindergarten and primary school teacher, and to be a qualified day care supervisor.
Students holding any graded Diploma of Children’s Services or Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can start at the second year level. Students who have completed another recognised teaching or early childhood course may also be able to have this prior learning recognised and spend less time studying to earn the degree.
There is no requirement for students to attend any other Deakin University location, the entire course is delivered at SuniTAFE’s Swan Hill Campus.
Deakin was recently awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). This rating indicates Deakin is world-class in a broad range of areas and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching.
Deakin is now in the top 3% of the world’s universities in each of the three major international rankings, the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.
To learn more about the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education delivered through our Swan Hill Deakin Learning Centre, please contact Teresa O’Brien on 03 5036 0228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.