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Prepare programs for submission

Accreditation of initial teacher education (ITE) programs is based on an assessment of whether the program’s structure, curriculum content, assessment and professional experience components meet accreditation standards. Revised national accreditation standards and procedures came into effect from 2016.

Develop your ITE program

The design and development of initial teacher education programs requires a considerable amount of work and time. You are expected to have an initial discussion with the NESA (previously BOSTES) ITE team about the proposed introduction of a new or amended program. You should keep in contact with the NESA ITE team throughout the development of the program. This will help you ensure your program submission includes all details necessary to meet accreditation requirements.

Critical reading

The following resources have important information on policies and procedures involving assessment and accreditation of initial teacher programs. It includes information from NESA (previously BOSTES) and reference to relevant external materials.

Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in NSW: Policy and Procedures (PDF, 560 KB)

Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia – Standards and Procedures (PDF 261 KB)

Teacher Education Program Accreditation Process (PDF 200 KB)

AITSL Guidelines for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia 2016 (PDF 1 MB)

Start your submission

Step 1: Prepare your submission

New application templates and supporting documentation are currently being finalised and will be available on this webpage shortly.

Providers seeking advice on preparing a program submission should contact the NESA ITE team on contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au or call 1300 739 338.

Step 2: Include extra documentation

Your program submission should include evidence relating to the following supplementary requirements.

Subject Content Knowledge Requirements

Your program submission needs to include evidence that graduates will meet all aspects of the Subject Content Knowledge Requirements relating to pre-requisites and discipline content knowledge. These set out the discipline knowledge requirements for initial teacher education programs and underpins Australian Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptor 2.1.1.

Download the Subject Content Knowledge Policy (PDF 526 KB)

Primary teaching specialisations

In addition to general program accreditation requirements, providers may elect to design primary programs to satisfy the NESA subject content knowledge requirements for a primary teaching specialisation. Specialisations in mathematics or science and technology are currently being recognised.

Download the Requirements for Primary Teaching Specialisations (31.76 KB)

Apply for recognition of a primary specialisation (Docx, 74 KB)

Priority Areas

Your program submission must show evidence that graduates will meet all aspects of the Priority Area Elaborations relating to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Classroom Management
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Students with Special Educational Needs
  • Teaching Students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
    Download the Elaborations in Priority Areas (PDF 704 KB)

Professional Experience

Your program submission should comply with the NSW professional experience requirements including the Professional Experience Policy and Professional Experience Framework.

Next steps?

All program applications should be submitted approximately 8 months prior to planned delivery of the program. Where practicable, all programs delivered that are of the same type (e.g. secondary programs) should be submitted at the same time.

How to submit a program for accreditation

More information

To contact the NESA ITE team email contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au or call 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

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