Teacher education is a partnership between universities and schools. Teacher education programs consist of university studies and field experiences or practicums. The university component provides preservice teachers with theoretical and practical knowledge for teaching while practicum gives preservice teachers an opportunity to apply this learning in the classroom context. Hence, the role of the mentor teacher (cooperating classroom teacher) is pivotal in the preservice teacher's development. The mentor’s role cannot be haphazard but needs to be planned and purposeful to maximise the development of the preservice teacher.
As part of the Teacher Education Done Differently (TEDD) project funded by DEEWR the Mentoring for Effective Teaching (MET) program has been co-designed with principals, teachers and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) academics. The program aims to enhance the quality of graduate teachers through positive mentoring by mentor teachers.
The MET professional development program (also endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers at the highly accomplished level in line with AITSL standards) allows mentor teachers to gain insights into mentoring by analysing current practices and attributes that are successful for mentoring preservice teachers. The endorsement includes the following:
Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education – NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.
Scope of Endorsement
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
2.2.2, 2.6.2, 3.3.2, 3.5.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2, 7.1.2, 7.2.2, 7.3.2, 7.4.2 for the course Mentoring for Effective Teaching (MET) professional development module
NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence
3.2.3, 3.2.5, 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 5.2.4, 6.2.1, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8, 7.2.5, 7.2.6 for the course Mentoring for Effective Teaching (MET) professional development module
Interested teachers can become MET facilitators and be qualified to deliver the program to teachers in their schools. Facilitators who undertake the 10 hour face-to-face coursework (held over two days) receive the MET kit containing a DVD and USB with all the powerpoints and facilitator documents needed to deliver the program. Optionally, teachers wishing to undertake the related assessment can apply to receive one unit of academic credit towards a Master of Education (coursework) or a Graduate Certificate at QUT. Participants receive a MET certificate with 10 hours coursework indicated for professional development purposes.
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