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Get teaching programs accredited

To help future NSW teachers develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and values needed to improve student outcomes, all initial teacher education programs must undergo a rigorous assessment process overseen by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and with approval by the Minister for Education.  Accreditation is for up to 5 years and guarantees all graduates of accredited programs are eligible for Provisional Accreditation to teach in NSW schools.

The development and design of an initial teacher education program is a comprehensive process requiring a considerable amount of time and expertise. All programs submitted for accreditation need to meet a range of requirements including the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 2.22mb) and the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (PDF).  

Read the steps for preparing your submission

How to submit a program/s for accreditation

BOSTES suggests that providers submit applications for program accreditation at least 8 months before the planned delivery of a new program or expiry of the program’s existing accreditation.

See how to submit a program

Accreditation Panels

Accreditation Panels assess all initial teacher education degrees delivered by NSW providers. Panels are made up of representatives from the teaching profession, including classroom teachers, teacher educators, executive teachers and principals. At least one representative will be from a different state or territory. Read more about panels and how to join a panel.

Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC)

The ITEC oversees accreditation of initial teacher education programs. The committee is appointed by the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) and is made up of people from across the profession representing a range of expertise and a balance of interests.

Learn about ITEC’s role and current members

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

AITSL coordinates the nationally agreed Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (External PDF)and keeps a national register of all programs accredited across the state jurisdictions.

Visit the AITSL website.