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First Degree Course for Northern Territory

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ministerial 44- 26 September 1977


The Northern Territory is to get its first degree-level

course - a Bachelor of Education course at Darwin Community

College. And the first graduates from the course will complete

their studies this year.

The Australian Territories Accreditation Committee for Advanced

Education recommended the accreditation of a four-year course in

teacher education to the minister for Education, Senator Garrick.

Senator Garrick announced in Darwin today he had accepted the


Tin his report to the minister, Emeritus Professor IF. Burton,

the committee chairman, said he had been impressed with the

quality and dedication of the staff at the college and considered

the facilities adequate for a degree program. ' .

Hfe said that because the Northern Territory education system

had problems peculiar to the region, the committee believed

it was desirable that a degree program in teacher education

should be available at Darwin Community College.

The Committee considered there were advantages in training local ■

people who were thoroughly acquainted with the social and physical

environment rather than appointing teachers who had been trained


About 70 students already enrolled in teacher education subjects

at the Darwin Community College will have their work credited .

towards the new degree. '


And the first Bachelor of Education degrees will he awarded to

students who complete their studies at the end of this year*

Senator Garrick said today he had approved the accreditation

of the Bachelor of Education program on the understanding that two additional lecturers would he appointed to the staff of

the Teacher Education Division of the College8 s School of

(Tenoral Studies, as recommended hy the panel of experts who assessed the coursee

Senator Garrick said the accreditation of the Bachelor of

Education course was a major step forward for the Northern Territory’s education system.

Other degree-level courses were being planned and would

probably be accredited in the next few years.

Senator Garrick said he wanted to congratulate the Council

and staff of the College publicly for their efforts to

provide an educational service tailored to the needs of the

region, . ..