Productivity Commission urged to re-think teacher education

NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

Wednesday 29 February 2012

The Australian College of Educators has urged the Productivity Commission to withdraw its opposition to a proposed mandatory two-year training program for graduate entry to the teaching profession.

In a submission to the Productivity Commission's study of the Education and Training Workforce: Schools lodged today, ACE strongly supports the 2011 MCEECDYA commitment to a two-year program outlined in its Standards and Procedures for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs.

"We are very concerned about the Productivity Commission's opposition to the two-year graduate program," ACE national chair Professional Robert Lingard said.

"Two-year graduate programs are being trialed in Australia, including at the University of Melbourne, with success. This is also the approach taken in Finland where teacher training and student outcomes are widely recognised as being among the best in the world."

The ACE submission argues that there is broad consensus across the education sector that it will not be possible to meet the enhanced requirements of teacher training, as mandated by MCEECDYA, without moving to a two-year course.

ACE recommends a pilot study of an internship style teacher training program that would see students paid as para-professionals during the practicum component of their course.

The submission notes, however, that a move to a two-year program for graduate entry does not mean that teacher education programs need to take a uniform approach and calls for further research and evaluation to identify good practice and effective models.



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Louise Reynolds, ACE national office, Tel: 03 9035 5002