Dual-degrees for the professions: USA VC finesses the Melbourne model

The 3-year bachelor degree followed by a 2-year masters for "professions" planned by USA VC David LLoyd has much to recommend it- http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/dual-degree-programs-emerge-for-teachers-therapists/story-e6frgcjx-1226700819975

Of course, graduates of these packages will reach the workforce 2 years later than those who opt for the basic undergraduate degree. However, it is likely that significant numbers who chose the dual-degree option will decide to scale back to part-time study when they articulate to the postgraduate element of their discipline.

That may give them the opportunity to gain valuable real world experience and mentoring, whilst enriching their postgraduate studies.

Unfortunately, the missing link for teachers continues to be the formalisation of their profession. Both universities and governments need to make this an urgent focus if Australia is to boost the quality of learning and teaching at all levels - primary, secondary and tertiary. 

A good start would be for the masters level courses to contain mandatory units in ethical, legal and professional responsibilities as a precursur to professional accreditation (as is required of accountants, lawyers, medicos and other established professions).

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