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:

Jurisdiction NSW
Provider Southern Cross University
Program title Bachelor of Education
Program type Undergraduate
Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) 4
Minimum program duration 4
Stage of schooling Early Childhood / Primary / Secondary
Mode(s) of delivery On Campus
Campus location(s) Gold Coast
Date of current accreditation 1/1/2022
Accreditation outcome* Accreditation granted
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 31/12/2026
Quality assurance processes in place

Refer to NESA for further details 

Program description and rationale

Southern Cross University Queensland (SCU) delivers multi-jurisdictional ITE programs. These programs are accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), who is the Authority under whose legislation SCU is formally established. For teacher registration eligibility in Queensland, this program has also been assessed against Queensland specific requirements.
Refer to NESA for further details.

* 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.