THERESE Morrissey celebrates a year of early childhood studies at Southern Cross University.
THERESE Morrissey celebrates a year of early childhood studies at Southern Cross University.

Uni childhood course a winner

THERESE Morrissey is another step closer to her goal of helping give children the best start in life.

The Tugun-based student will tonight join staff and students from Southern Cross University's Tweed campus in celebrating the first birthday of their Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course.

Miss Morrissey, who has done voluntary aid work with children in Cambodia, said she felt the course would help her achieve her dream to help children reach their full potential in life.

“I've always enjoyed working with children, having taken early childhood as an elective subject in Year 11 in high school, and done work experience and charity work with children,” she said.

“It's been great to really get serious and learn the theory behind it all.”

The friendly and personal atmosphere of SCU is what Miss Morrissey said she has enjoyed.

“And my practicum placement at a local primary school was a great opportunity to put my studies into practice and try my hand at lesson planning and behaviour management in a real classroom.

“I am now surer than ever that this is what I want to do, and I'm thinking of heading overseas after I graduate to work as a nanny or carry out some more aid work for a short period before I return to start my career - hopefully specialising in children aged from four to seven.”

Current students of the course and their families will gather with members of the early childhood education and childcare profession to cut a birthday cake and take part in festivities tonight at the Lakeside campus at Tweed Heads.

The Lismore campus will celebrate the course's first birthday next Wednesday and the Coffs Harbour campus will celebrate their second year offering the degree later next month.

Associate professor in early childhood Karen Martin said she was pleased to be celebrating the success of the courses.

“This is an exciting time for early childhood education and care in Australia,” said Professor Martin.

“The Commonwealth government is investing a lot of resources into quality early childhood programs. The students who will graduate from this degree in 2012 will be well positioned for employment opportunities in pre schools, children's services and kindergarten.”

For more information on studying in 2010 go to www.scu.edu.au/studyin2010



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