Accreditation summary template

National summary statement about the accreditation process

The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.

In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.

More information on the accreditation process may be found at: www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures.

Jurisdiction VIC
Provider Australian Catholic University
Program title Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)
Program type Undergraduate
Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) 4 years
Minimum program duration 4 years
Stage of schooling Early Childhood / Primary
Mode(s) of delivery On Campus / Online
Campus location(s) Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
Date of current accreditation 3/12/2014
Accreditation outcome* Accredited
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 2/6/2021
Quality assurance processes in place For more information visit: https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher/teaching-programs/accredited-initial-teacher-education-programs

Program description and rationale

Australian Catholic University (ACU) delivers multi-jurisdictional ITE programs. These programs are accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching, who is the Authority under whose legislation ACU is formally established. For teacher registration eligibility in Queensland, this program has also been assessed against Queensland specific requirements. For more information visit: https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher/teaching-programs/accredited-initial-teacher-education-programs

* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including:

  • submission of an annual report on the operation of the program
  • prior approval of any significant changes to the program
  • employment of only registered teachers to supervise or assess the work of a preservice teacher in a prescribed school.