ECU graduates have double reason to celebrate
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Twins Natalie and Tracee MacMillan have proved that two heads are better than one.
After four years of studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) the sisters both graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Studies on Sunday, 8 March at the Perth Exhibition Convention Centre.
In total, 446 graduates from ECU’s School of Education crossed the stage in front of hundreds of family, friends, staff and supporters.
ECU’s School of Education is so large it is the only School at ECU that requires its own dedicated graduation ceremony.
The girls say that they’ve always wanted teach young children, and they couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
“We were attracted to this career after watching our mum who is an early childhood teacher,” says Natalie.
The Early Childhood Studies degree program at ECU equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to work with children up to eight years old in childcare, kindergarten, pre-primary and junior primary.
The course also includes a strong practical component, including workplace learning in a variety of early childhood environments.
While most twins would aim for completely different careers, Tracee says she and her sister have always shared a passion for teaching.
“We didn’t care that we’d be doing the same thing,” she says.
“We’ve always had similar, if not the same, interests our whole lives – it’s just the way we are!”
Unlike most sisters, the girls never experienced sibling rivalry but did enjoy having a study partner in the same house.
“It was great to be able to bounce ideas around and help each other when we needed to,” says Natalie.
At the start of the school year, Tracee started working at Dianella Heights Primary School in the Year One/Two class.
Natalie is working at Caversham Primary School, in Pre-primary/Year One, and says that working with young children is very rewarding.
Over the next few years, the girls hope to continue teaching kindergarten, pre-primary and junior primary and gain further experience.
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