The Guidelines for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia (Accreditation Guidelines) support the implementation of the Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (Standards and Procedures).
The Accreditation Guidelines were first developed in 2016, and are designed to promote consistent assessment and rigour in the accreditation process by supporting:
From 2019 to 2020, the Accreditation Guidelines were revised in response to a series of recommendations endorsed by Education Council in June 2018. These recommendations included:
The role of AITSL under this approach was to work with jurisdictions to facilitate national consistency in the accreditation of ITE.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the teacher regulatory authorities in each state and territory to implement the Accreditation Guidelines and accredit ITE programs. For questions about ITE accreditation in your jurisdiction please contact your relevant teacher regulatory authority.
AITSL developed a methodology to undertake a standard-setting process, which was agreed to by AITSL’s Standard Setting Advisory Group (SSAG).
The aim of this methodology was to achieve national consistency of judgements across accreditation panels on what it means to meet the Accreditation Standards. To implement the methodology, AITSL held a series of four standard-setting workshops from June to December 2019, with trained accreditation panellists, including ITE providers, teachers, employers and representatives of the jurisdictional teacher regulatory authorities. At each of the workshops, data was gathered on the consistency of the judgements being made against each of the elements requiring verification and professional judgement in the Accreditation Guidelines.
To ensure the methodology was implemented as agreed, AITSL engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an independent quality assurance function at each of the standard-setting workshops.
The data collected from these workshops, along with close collaboration between AITSL and the jurisdictional teacher regulatory authorities, informed the revision of the Accreditation Guidelines.
The 2020 Accreditation Guidelines have undergone a considered and substantial revision process. Please note that the Program Standards themselves have not changed.
General revisions have been made in the following areas:
In addition to the changes made to the Accreditation Guidelines, supplementary guidelines which support the implementation of the Standards and Procedures have also been updated for currency. These include:
More detailed information about the revision process and the changes to the Accreditation Guidelines can be found in the Guidelines for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia – Overview of changes document.
Implementation of the Accreditation Guidelines will begin in 2021 as ITE providers begin to prepare applications for accreditation using the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines, as directed by their teacher regulatory authority. It is expected that the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines will be in full use nationally from 1 January 2022.
Please contact your relevant teacher regulatory authority for further information about the use of the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines in your jurisdiction.
There are several stages towards national implementation of the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines.
1 January 2021 - 30 April 2021
This will be an acclimatisation period for teacher regulatory authorities, ITE providers and accreditation panellists.
1 May 2021 - 31 December 2021
The accreditation process will actively begin to move towards using and applying the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines.
1 January 2022 - onwards
It is expected that the revised 2020 Accreditation Guidelines will be in full use nationally from 1 January 2022.
Alongside the revision of the Accreditation Guidelines, AITSL worked with trained accreditation panellists, including ITE providers, teachers, employers and representatives of the teacher regulatory authorities, to undertake a review of the Guidelines for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Stage two (Stage two Accreditation Guidelines) and the stage two accreditation process.
There were substantial revisions to the Stage two Accreditation Guidelines. In Program Standard 6.3, the elements requiring verification and professional judgement were revised and a new Stage Two report (Template 5) was developed to promote national consistency, clarity and understanding of the stage two accreditation process.
The Stage two Accreditation Guidelines have now been incorporated into the 2020 Accreditation Guidelines to form one document.
The Accreditation Guidelines are supported by a number of additional resources, including word versions of the templates, to help ITE providers, accreditation panels and teacher regulatory authorities in working with accreditation applications.