A new online teaching degree program has been launched to give online students a chance to gain entry into tertiary education.DCCCD Online Education (DCE) will offer online teaching degrees, online training and online courses for online learners across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

“We are taking online learning to a whole new level,” DCCCD CEO Andrew Whitehead said.

“It’s a completely different world to the way it’s been done before, it’s going to be really exciting.”

Mr Whitehead was joined by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“The new generation of young people are taking their first steps into the workforce,” Ms Berejimlian said.

Ms Berejilian said the DCE program was designed to offer online learners the opportunity to work towards their Bachelor of Applied Science (BS), Master of Applied Arts (MAA), and Bachelor of Science (MS) degrees in a short period of time.

“Our students are going to get a much better opportunity to build their skills online and build up their skills in their first year of education,” she said.

Online learning has been an area of increasing concern for the state’s education system.

In December, the NSW government released a consultation paper to outline the issues with online learning and what options students would have to find an alternative.

Mr Whitehouse said the new DCE will help students achieve their Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences (BAS) degree in just six months.

“By getting into a program online, they are going into a world of difference,” he said.

Mr Andrews said the NSW Government was committed to creating a quality tertiary learning environment.

“If you want to be a leader in tertiary innovation, you’ve got to have a good education system,” he told ABC Radio NSW.

“You’ve got a strong tertiary sector, a strong post-secondary sector, and we want to see that continue.”

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