Join an accreditation panel
All initial teacher education programs submitted for accreditation by universities and other higher education providers, are assessed by accreditation panels set up by NESA (previously BOSTES) . These panels are made up of teachers, teacher educators, school executive staff and principals.
Why get involved?
Becoming involved in an accreditation panel is an excellent way to develop high-level analytical skills, engage in detailed discussions with teaching colleagues and play a role in preparing future teachers for the classroom.
Through participation in the Accreditation Panel process you will have an opportunity to:
- Develop a better understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 2.22mb).
- Learn about professional experience requirements for student teachers.
- Gain a deeper understanding of university and higher education teaching degrees.
- Extend your professional network by working with peers from other schools and higher education providers, including interstate teachers and teacher educators.
How to become a panel member
If you would like to become an accreditation panel member, you need to submit an application form and then undertake a one day national training program held in Sydney. Once you’ve completed your training, you will be placed on a list and may be contacted to sit on an Accreditation Panel.
Your time commitment
NESA coordinates assessment of around 150 initial teacher education programs over a 5 year cycle. Accreditation panel members would typically sit on only one panel during the 5 year cycle. Panel meetings are held at NESA in the Sydney CBD.
The amount of reading in preparation for the Accreditation Panel meeting is substantial but you will be given around 4-6 weeks before the meeting to read the documentation. Travel expenses are covered for regional and inter-state panel members.
Apply for accreditation panel member training
Download, complete and return the appropriate form below.
Form for Teacher Educators who have NOT previously been on an Accreditation Panel (Microsoft word 34kb)
Form for Teachers who have NOT previously been on an Accreditation Panel (Microsoft word 30kb)
Contact the ITE team email or call 1300 739 338 (within Australia).