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The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) is a year-long professional learning program for highly skilled teachers, supporting and challenging them to become even better teachers.

Through the program, teachers analyse their teaching practice to deepen pedagogical knowledge in their chosen discipline, and across the key discipline areas. They access contemporary, evidence-informed research and apply this learning to their students’ learning needs through a practitioner inquiry approach. The Academy’s TEP teachers will expand their knowledge, capability and confidence to teach even more effectively in their context.

The TEP is open to highly skilled teachers with a minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience from the government, Independent and Catholic sectors, and across all classroom settings.

Supported by a team of Master Teachers-in-Residence, the TEP teachers engage with national and international expert educators in a diverse range of learning events and activities, including Discipline Days, Teaching Excellence Learning Community (TELC) Days, conferences and practitioner inquiry.

Teaching in the disciplines

The TEP is structured around key disciplines, including:

  • The Arts
  • English, including English as an additional language
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technologies.

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TEP pathways

TEP Alumni Network

After you graduate from the TEP, you can join the TEP Alumni Network. The network offers alumni the opportunity to engage in professional learning and networking events. Alumni also have access to an online community where they can engage in discussions, share resources and support each other.

An alumni advisory group guides the development of the alumni strategy, activities and opportunities. Advisory group members are appointed for up to 2 years to give voice to the needs of the alumni community.

TEP graduates are considered alumni, but access to the TEP Alumni Network is optional. This network will expand yearly with each intake of new graduates.

By joining the TEP Alumni Network, you will gain access to a range of benefits including access to:

  • an exclusive network of highly skilled teachers who are passionate about enhancing their individual and collective expertise
  • free professional learning and networking sessions throughout the year
  • online research databases.

Are you a TEP graduate who is not already part of the TEP Alumni Network? You can request to join by emailing academy.fellowships@education.vic.gov.au

Note: by joining the network, you agree to the privacy statement and community guidelines.

Teaching Innovation Fellowships

TEP alumni may apply for a Teaching Innovation Fellowship to implement an innovation project that transforms teacher practice and student learning in their classrooms or schools.

Fellowships provide funding, professional learning and targeted support to empower teachers to drive change and innovation in their schools.

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Last updated 24 April 2024