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
- Program accreditation requirements
- Transition to the revised standards
- Sharing final year student data
- Initial Teacher Education Committee
- Accredited teaching programs
- GTIL ITE reports
- Information sharing protocols
- Providing professional development
Why accreditation matters
Accreditation matters because:
- Accreditation safeguards the quality of the teaching profession
- Accreditation means teachers must have a teaching qualification, meet quality standards and keep up-to-date
- Accreditation continuously develops teachers
- Accreditation improves student achievement across NSW
- Accreditation is building a collaborative, reflective and evidence based teaching culture
- Accreditation celebrates quality teaching and inspirational teachers.
Requiring all NSW school teachers to be accredited is one of Great Teaching, Inspired Learning actions of the NSW Government to increase the high standards of teaching in NSW, and lift the status of the profession.
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) describe what a teacher is expected to know and be able to do across the career stages of:
- Graduate teacher
- Proficient teacher
- Highly Accomplished teacher
- Lead teacher.
The APST uses nationally agreed indicators of teacher quality to prepare, support and develop teachers across these four career stages.
Accreditation is based on teachers meeting the Standard Descriptors at the relevant career level in the APST.
As a teacher, achieving at the various accreditation levels offers you:
- a structured induction to teaching practice, designed to support the strengthening of your classroom knowledge and skills
- a chance to progress professionally, access support and be recognised for your skills
- to participate and build a collaborative, reflective and evidence based teaching culture that involve your peers, school and community.
A requirement of accreditation is completing an accredited teaching qualification. This means that when you are considering teaching as a profession, you need to carefully choose from quality accredited initial teaching education (ITE) programs.
NESA is responsible for assessing and accrediting teaching degrees offered by high education providers. This includes setting prerequisites for admission to both four year teaching degrees and graduate entry teaching degrees.