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Universities and other higher education providers

To support quality teaching in NSW schools and advance the status of the teaching profession, all initial teacher education programs in NSW undergo a rigorous accreditation process coordinated by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). In the lead up to program accreditation, BOSTES works collaboratively with providers to ensure their teaching degrees reflect the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 2.2 MB) and the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (PDF).

Get a teaching program/s accredited

To ensure graduates are eligible for accreditation to teach in NSW schools, universities and other higher education institutions must have initial teacher education programs assessed by BOSTES.

Review the submission process

Apply to have a course accredited

Professional Experience Framework

The Framework aims to ensure graduate teachers have the knowledge, skills and commitment, as described in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, to meet the learning needs of all students in NSW schools.

Read the 'Professional Experience Framework' flyer (HTML)

Download the Professional Experience Framework 

High academic standards

From 2016, a minimum standard of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, applies to undertaking an accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

Read the new prerequisites for studying teaching

Literacy and numeracy tests

From 2016, all teacher education students will be required to pass literacy and numeracy tests to begin their final professional experience placement.  

Read more about literacy and numeracy tests for teacher education students

Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC)

ITEC oversees the accreditation process for initial teacher education programs consistent with the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures. ITEC also advises the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) about initial teacher education policy.  ITEC is appointed by the 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.

Fulfil annual Data Exchange requirements

To help BOSTES process a teaching graduate’s application for accreditation, universities and other higher education providers should submit data each year through BOSTES’ Data Exchange.

Learn how to submit data

Information for students

Teaching is a rewarding profession that can change lives. To help ensure NSW trains quality teachers, BOSTES accredits teaching programs that meet a range of requirements.

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