Templates and resources for use by teacher education providers and panel members engaged in national accreditation of initial teacher education (ITE) programs, either for program submission or to keep up
|Stage 2 accreditation submissions||No later than close of business 28 April 2017|
|Stage 1 accreditation submissions||30 April 2017|
|Transition statements (all programs with national accreditation)||No later than 31 May 2017|
|Annual statements||30 June 2017|
The transition to Australian Curriculum (version 8.2) means that primary programs must include study of languages in their program design.
The study of languages as a curriculum area in primary programs may be covered, for example, through references to general concepts such as the nature of language learning, languages and culture, language learning and literacy development etc.; or as a dedicated languages program with a focus on the proficiency in the language being learnt.
ITE providers need to respond to Program Standard 4.2 by making a case for their approach in accreditation applications, including a sound rationale for program design. For example, a provider might note that language specialists are prepared via specialised programs and that their program prepares generalist primary teachers with an understanding of the languages requirements of the curriculum. It would then be at the panel discretion to determine if the Program Standard is satisfactorily met based on the applicable jurisdictional needs.
Information about languages as a primary curriculum area can be accessed at:
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report recommended that all initial teacher education primary graduates be equipped with a subject specialisation. Primary graduates will be prepared to teach in each of the learning areas of the primary school curriculum, and in addition, will undertake a specialisation in one learning area of the primary school curriculum.
The primary specialisation requirements are set out in Program Standard 4.4 in Accreditation of Initial Teacher in Australia: Standards and Procedures. These requirements are clarified in the Guideline: Primary Specialisation (PDF, 60KB).