A framework for developing an initial teacher education and training program

This framework could be used by institutions as a catalyst for the discussion, development, and implementation of an initial teacher education and training program. The following areas should constitute the content of the framework.

A. Program (Values). Clearly state program ideals that will support how goals are achieved and act as a guide for behavior. For example, “we develop thoughtful professional teachers,” “we work openly and collaboratively,” and “we treat everyone with respect.”

B. Program (Conceptual basis). State the philosophical foundation of the program. For example, “This initial teacher education and training program prepares and enables student teachers to develop their ability to adjust teaching according to student needs and school contextual factors (Reflective Pastoral Apprentice Partnership Model )”.

C. Program (Aim and Objectives). Describe what the program will accomplish. For example, “The overall goal of the program is to enable student teachers to develop their ability to address the factors that prevent them from placing their students firmly at the center of teaching.

D. Program (Design). Describe how the program will work. For example, “Personal tutors will be provided for student teachers.” “Student teachers are expected to carry out original research under supervision.” “Prospective teachers should be educated and trained in the areas of early years, technical and vocational education, and other subjects according to student preferences and teacher availability.”

E. Curriculum (Design). Describe which areas of teaching and knowledge will be developed. For example, “The curriculum will be divided into three areas of knowledge development: core pedagogical subjects, areas of specialization, i.e. early years, vocational and technical education, and other subjects and practices.

F. Evaluation. Summarize the types of assessment that will be used. For example, “Prospective teachers will be evaluated through courses and final exams. These may include assignments such as essays, learning journals, objective-type questions, and oral and practical exams.”

G. Admission requirements. Please indicate the entry requirement for those who wish to enter the program.

H. Association. Describe the nature of the relationship between the program and key stakeholders. For example, “The Board of Education or the Board of Governors will give overall supervision of the program.” “Schools will be encouraged through their principals to share feedback on how to improve the program.”

I. Quality Guarantee. Describe the plans for validation or accreditation and the benefits of doing so. For example, “The initial teacher education and training program will seek accreditation from an international or regional body.” This will ensure that students are receiving a quality education.”

J.Staff. Indicate who will make up the faculty. For example, “Initially, the program will employ an external adjunct and use the existing ability.”

K. Housing. Please indicate which department or school will host the program. For example: “Initially, the program will be included as an arm or department of X, making use of current facilities where possible.

L. Finance. Describe how the program will be funded. For example: “An annual student fee will be charged and, where possible, will be subsidized by the government and the private sector in the form of scholarships and grants.”