Early childhood education degrees to launch in South Australia

South Australian universities have responded quickly to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Early Childhood and Education and Care.

Both UniSA and Flinders University have worked closely with government and industry to develop new industry-leading study pathways to create a strong foundation of educational excellence – ensuring better outcomes for young children during their first 1000 days of life.

UniSA’s new three-year Early Childhood Education degree – the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (Birth to Five) – will focus on effective pedagogies for the developmental needs of birth-to-five-year-olds, encompassing diverse cultures and backgrounds to ensure inclusivity for all children across the state.

The course will run concurrently with UniSA’s four-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours), which focuses on the education of children from birth to eight years.

“When you have to include the primary years, there is a lot of extra work to familiarize our students with the Australian Curriculum and the further developmental needs of five-to-eight-year-olds,” says Professor Anne-Marie Morgan, dean of programs, Education Futures, UniSA.

“A three-year degree that focuses on young learners can be targeted to their needs.

“We will be working with the diversity of children and their backgrounds, making sure there’s more time

Who is Utah’s new higher education commissioner? – Deseret News

Geoffrey Landward has been appointed Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.

The Utah Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Landward to the position. The appointment requires confirmation by the Utah Senate.

Landward has served as interim commissioner since September 2023, when Commissioner Dave Woolstenhulme suddenly stepped down to pursue other professional opportunities.

Landward previously served as deputy commissioner and secretary to the higher education board. A graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, Landward has twenty decades of legal expertise in administrative law, education law and employment law.

Amanda Covington, chairwoman of the Utah Board of Higher Education, said in a statement that Landward’s “exceptional work, especially during the 2024 legislative session, along with his statewide relationships, makes him the right leader for this role. Our decision to appoint Commissioner Landward underscores our confidence in his ability to lead the system with vision, collaboration and effectiveness into the future.”

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Landward had demonstrated an ability to navigate the complexities of higher education in Utah the last several months as interim, and was well positioned to assume the role as commissioner.”

Following his appointment, Landward thanked the board for its confidence in him.

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