How accreditation works
- Guide to accreditation
- Your accreditation
- Pre-2004 teachers
- Casual and part-time
- Early Childhood Teachers
- Interstate teachers
- Overseas teachers
- Future teachers
- Returning teachers
- Taking a break
- Voluntary cancellation of accreditation
- Cessation of accreditation
- Revocation and suspension of accreditation
- Your account
- Complete 10 hours of Refresher Courses
- Administering accreditation
- Supervisors/Principal/Service Providers
- Responsibilities when employing teachers
- Professional experience framework
- Download the professional experience framework
- Supervising provisional-conditional accredited teachers
- Checklist for supporting proficient teacher accreditation
- Proficient teacher report
- Supervisor report sample
- Verify maintenance of accreditation
- Plan and validate PD
- Supporting highly accomplished and lead teacher accreditation
- PD Delegates
- Initial Teacher Education
- Get teaching programs accredited
- Transition to the revised standards
- Higher Ed Providers and NESA info sharing
- Initial Teacher Education Committee
- Accredited teaching programs
- GTIL ITE reports
- Providing professional development
Increased academic standards for studying teaching
Future teachers will need to meet increased academic standards to study an accredited undergraduate teaching degree in NSW.
What are the requirements for an undergraduate teaching degree?
From 2016, a minimum standard of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, applies to undertaking an accredited undergraduate teaching degree.
To study teaching you will need to:
- achieve at least three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English OR
- pass bridging units benchmarked to a Band 5 HSC result OR
- enrol in an accredited degree and pass a full year of academic studies in the subjects you will teach OR
- complete a NESA approved alternative entry pathway as advised by your prospective university.
What about HSC extension courses where a Band 5 result is not available?
Band E3 or above results in an HSC extension course meet the Band 5 requirements for a teaching degree.
Why can you enter an approved undergraduate combined or double degree without three Band 5s?
Accredited undergraduate combined, double or integrated degrees may be approved as meeting condition 3 above.
For this approval, courses need to show how their students will meet a minimum academic standard, comparable to three Band 5s, early in the course. This can be achieved by requiring you to pass one year of academic studies in the subjects you will teach, before you study how to teach.
Have the requirements for studying a graduate entry teaching degree changed?
No. NESA requirements for studying graduate entry teaching degrees have not changed.
Do I need to sit the Commonwealth's Literacy and Numeracy test?
From 2016, all teacher education students are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test to begin their final professional experience placement. For further information see Literacy and Numeracy Test.
Why are academic standards being increased?
Teaching is an academically rigorous profession. Ensuring teaching students are high achievers is essential for improving student outcomes and job opportunities for graduate teachers.
Increasing academic standards will also help to improve awareness and understanding about the importance of teachers and the value of the profession to the community.
Strengthening requirements for studying teaching degrees is an initiative of the NSW Government Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) - Blueprint for Action.