Mapping of initial teacher education in Australia

A national mapping of initial teacher education programs in Australia was conducted to provide a point in time (October 2011 to March 2012) overview of the programs of most relevance for the graduating teacher cohort being followed by SETE. Information about teacher education programs was collected with the explicit intent to identify dimensions of teacher education that could be used as independent variables in the analysis of the survey responses gathered from 2010 and 2011 teacher education graduates.

The mapping collected data on:
I. Teacher education structures

  • length, structure, content, and delivery of teacher education programs
  • length, structure, and diversity of teaching practice incorporated into teacher education programs
  • practicum and linkages with schools

II. Teacher education approaches

  • discipline-based expertise
  • preparation to teach: culturally, linguistically, socio-economically diverse learners; ICT; and literacy and numeracy
  • development of pedagogical and assessment expertise

III. Measures of entry into teacher education programs

All accredited ITE programs across Australia, not just those offered in Victoria and Queensland, were examined in recognition that teachers do not necessarily register in the jurisdiction in which they complete their teacher preparation. An initial desktop analysis was conducted between late 2011 and early 2012. Publicly available online information for undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programs was examined. The second phase involved verification of the collated data with each teacher education provider. In addition, telephone interviews were conducted with teacher education personnel at each institution between March and July 2012 to further clarify the data.

Desktop mapping was completed for all 47 providers of initial teacher education across Australia. Representatives in 44 of those institutions agreed to review and verify their program data and 45 took part in telephone interviews. More than one interview was conducted with some providers that offer teacher education on multiple campuses. This occurred in instances where the structure, approach and/or content of programs are quite different depending on the campus, for example, the programs offered on the La Trobe University Bundoora campus are distinct from the programs offered in Albury.