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Mentoring for Effective Teaching

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, 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 early-career teachers (preservice teachers and beginning teachers) through proactive 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 early-career teachers (i.e., preservice teachers and beginning 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
For Mentor Training (Nationally and Internationally)
Interested teachers can become MET trained for mentoring early-career teachers in their schools. Mentor teachers who undertake the 10 hour face-to-face coursework (held over two days) receive a MET certificate with 10 hours coursework indicated for professional development purposes and MET resources.
If you would like to find out more or receive a quote, please contact:
Associate Professor Peter Hudson on pb.hudson@qut.edu.au (Ph. 0431091583) 
Dr Sue Hudson Sue.Hudson@scu.edu.au (Ph. 0432147776)

TEDD has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government (DEEWR) and the commitment and dedication of staff and students from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane North Institute of TAFE (BNIT), and Education Queensland school executives and teachers.
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This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.