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Initial Teacher Education

NESA is part of a national Initial Teacher Education accreditation system which is overseen by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). All Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs in NSW undergo a rigorous accreditation process coordinated by the NESA ITE Directorate.

This involves in-depth assessment of design, content, assessment and professional experience components against the national Standards and Procedures and additional NSW requirements. This is in accordance with the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in NSW: Policy and Procedures.

Program accreditation requirements

To be accredited, initial teacher education programs delivered in NSW need to satisfy both national accreditation standards and a number of NSW-specific requirements.

View the program accreditation requirements

Transition to revised national Accreditation Standards

From 2016 all existing nationally accredited programs will need to submit by 1 May 2017 an application for Transition to the revised national accreditation standards. This application confirms how existing programs meet or will meet the 2015 accreditation standards

Access the Transition Process

Sharing final year student data

Each year, NSW initial teacher education providers play a critical role in providing accurate final year student data to support their accreditation as teachers.

NESA uses this data to make accreditation decisions on the subjects graduates will be qualified to teach in NSW government schools.

More information on submission of final year student data .

Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC)

ITEC oversees the accreditation process for initial teacher education programs consistent with the national ITE program accreditation requirements.

Learn about ITEC’s role and current members.

Accredited teaching programs

View the full list of NESA accredited teaching programs . 

Great Teaching Inspired Learning ITE reports

The NSW Government’s Great Teaching Inspired Learning – A Blueprint for Action (2013) established that the quality of initial teacher education programs in agreed targeted areas would be assessed and reported on.

View the range of published reports

Information sharing protocols

Information sharing protocols have been developed to govern the sharing of data and information between NESA and higher education providers.

Read the information sharing protocols

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