The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) enables highly skilled teachers to extend their capacity for exemplary teaching.

The TEP is a year-long professional learning experience, grounded in the key discipline areas, practitioner inquiry, teacher agency, reflective practice and contemporary research.

Open to Victorian government, Catholic and Independent schools, the TEP is Australia's first advanced professional learning program for highly skilled teachers.

The program is designed for teachers with a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience who demonstrate exceptional teaching in their selected discipline area. It includes specifically designed conferences and masterclasses, supplemented with learning communities and self-directed learning.

Participants are supported by master teachers in their selected discipline area.

Discipline knowledge

The program's masterclasses are designed and led by experts. These intensive sessions deepen particpant's discipline knowledge, skills and dispositions through exploring big ideas, teaching demonstrations, examining new approaches, reflection and dialogue.

The discipline areas in the TEP are:

  • The Arts
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technologies.

Responsive pedagogy

The program's focus on responsive pedagogy enables cross-disciplinary alignment. Participants engage with contemporary expertise and link pedagogical decisions with research on effective learning for diverse students.

Practitioner inquiry

Through practitioner inquiry, participants develop an inquiry stance. They learn to elicit and closely examine evidence of student learning, develop action plans and trial teaching approaches, evaluate their impact, and articulate next steps.

Teaching dispositions

The focus on developing dispositions for exceptional teaching encourages participants to recognise, activate and reflect on associated patterns of action that have high impact.

Learning communities

Collaborating and networking in learning communities give participants the opportunity to examine the nexus between theory and practice and reflect on their personal beliefs, values and passions. Substantive dialogue and sharing new ideas improve their understanding and practice.

More information 

Find out more about the program and register your interest via the course page


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Last updated 21 June 2022