A growing number of students are starting and completing postgraduate courses to qualify as new teachers according to a new report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

More than 18,000 students graduated from initial teacher education (ITE) in 2015. Over 7,000 of these students achieved a postgraduate qualification, which is 3,000 more postgraduate-qualified teachers entering the system, compared with a decade ago.

“The teaching workforce is changing,” states AITSL CEO Lisa Rodgers.

“We have great teaching in Australian schools and the latest statistics show that new teachers have higher levels of education than ever before.

“ITE is the foundation for a successful teaching career. Australia has outstanding graduates coming into its schools and we are working to further improve and support new teachers.”

Under reforms proposed by the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG), new graduates are selected on academic and non-academic capabilities, they will need to be in the top 30 per cent of the population for literacy and numeracy, and will need to meet the Graduate Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Among other notable results from this year’s report is that more ITE students are positive about the support available to them in their programs, and the proportion of ITE students studying online has increased sharply.

Lisa Rodgers added: “Online learning extends the opportunity for students from regional and rural areas to access higher education. So it’s exciting to see the growing take-up of online ITE programs, which in turn helps develop a workforce for locations where it’s traditionally more difficult to attract teachers.”

The above findings and more are detailed in the Initial Teacher Education: Data Report 2017. This fifth edition of the report brings together all of the latest available data about ITE applicants, students and graduates in Australia into a single resource.

Interactive details about the data are available from: http://ite-data.aitsl.edu.au  
The full ITE Data Report 2017 is available from: www.aitsl.edu.au/research/ite-data-report-2017 

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Notes to editors

  1. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. AITSL is funded by the Australian Government.

  2. The Initial Teacher Education: Data Report 2017 was released on 8 September 2017.

  3. Within the field of initial teacher education, AITSL has been tasked with the ongoing monitoring and review of the national approach to accreditation of ITE programs to ensure all accredited ITE programs align with the nationally agreed standards. AITSL also provides support and guidance for further improving ITE within Australia.

  4. Throughout 2016 and into 2017 AITSL has continued to implement key aspects of the Government’s response to the TEMAG report. This has included working closely with key stakeholders, such as teacher regulatory authorities and ITE providers, to implement the 2015 Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures.