Deepen teaching excellence through enhanced discipline knowledge, responsive pedagogy, and practitioner inquiry.
The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) is a 1-year program designed to advance professional knowledge and practice for highly skilled teachers from Victorian government, Catholic and Independent schools.
The program builds teaching excellence through a focus on disciplinary knowledge, practitioner inquiry, responsive pedagogy and dispositions for exceptional teaching.
The program is structured around key disciplines, including:
- The Arts
- English, including English as an additional language
- Health and Physical Education
- The Humanities
Access to educational experts and a focus on responsive pedagogy will support you to critically engage with current research and explore learner-centred approaches to teaching.
Designed for teachers with a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience from Victorian government, Catholic and Independent schools.
To be eligible for the program you must:
- have your principal’s endorsement and ongoing support
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
- have full teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
- be in a current teaching role in Victoria (full-time or part-time) in a primary, secondary or specialist school at the start of the program (February 2023).
The program is designed by a team of academics, educators, and representatives of the Victorian government, Catholic and Independent education sectors.
The learning activities are curated and facilitated by Master Teachers selected for their specialised discipline knowledge and expertise, advanced pedagogical practices and student learning growth.
As recognised teaching experts in their field, Master Teachers represent exceptional teaching practice from across government, Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria.
Over a school year, you are expected to engage and contribute to:
- conferences (4 days)
- masterclasses (16 hours)
- Teaching Excellence Learning Communities (12 hours)
- responsive pedagogy electives (optional)
- practitioner inquiry.
You will be inspired by experts in the field, engage in reflection and practitioner inquiry, have substantive professional conversations with colleagues, and develop an evidence portfolio of excellent teaching.
Conferences will bring you together with your peers to collaborate and generate new understandings, knowledge and evidence that further advances the teaching profession.
Masterclasses are a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of a disciplinary topic and focus on developing responsive teaching practices. By providing access to expert thinking and practice, fresh perspectives and contemporary solutions, masterclasses will provoke you to critically reflect on your teaching and make clear connections between theory and practice.
Teaching Excellence Learning Communities
Teaching Excellence Learning Communities (TELC) are dynamic networks of teachers from diverse schools who function as a community of learners that will support each other's professional growth. TELCs support you to enhance your expertise through dialogue, connection-making, practitioner inquiry and a focus on the enhancement of dispositions.
Responsive pedagogy electives
Responsive pedagogy electives are optional online workshops offered throughout the program. The electives aim to build your knowledge and skills to ensure a responsive pedagogy and inform your practitioner inquiries. Depending on your interests, you may opt to engage in 1 or more of the focus areas:
- applied learning
- critical and creative thinking
- digital technologies
- formative assessment
- interpersonal communication
- motivating learners
- student agency.
As part of your self-directed learning, you will experiment with the phases of the inquiry cycle and conduct 2 practitioner inquiries. Practitioner inquiry is an embedded, intentional study of teaching practice and student learning. You will complete a portfolio that includes artefacts and reflections related to your inquiry and your teaching practice.
You will develop the knowledge and skills to:
- synthesise and act upon the complex relationship between contemporary research and responsive teaching for diverse learners
- investigate the essential questions of your discipline to generate and mobilise new knowledge for the profession
- inquire into problems of practice to design, implement, evaluate, modify, and capture exceptional teaching
- activate, demonstrate, and reflect on the TEP dispositions that sustain dynamic, exceptional teaching
- engage in professional dialogue in and across networks to explore practices, scrutinise evidence of learning and generate new possibilities.
Once you completed the program, you will have the opportunity to apply for a Master Teacher role, join the TEP alumni and/or engage in fellowships to take your learning further.
Fully subsidised by the Victorian Government for government, Catholic and Independent school participants.
Schools may be eligible for a variety of travel and accommodation subsidies as well as CRT funding.
Acceptance into the TEP depends on the outcome of a 2-stage selection process.
To apply you must select 1 discipline. It is recommended that you select a discipline in which you have the greatest expertise and passion as many of the learning activities occur by discipline group.
If you are from a primary, special and specialist school you may naturally be drawn to the English or Mathematic disciplines and we welcome your applications. However, if you have particular skills and/or interests and wish to deepen your knowledge in the learning areas of The Arts, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship), Languages, Science and Technologies we encourage you to apply for these disciplines.
Get some further insights from one of our Master Teacher's on how to decide on your discipline.
Stage 1: online application
The first stage involves submitting your online application. Your application will take approximately 3 hours to complete. Use our useful resource for tips on how to craft a high-quality application.
To start your application, you will need to provide your personal details, select your discipline and agree to the program’s terms and conditions. You can only apply to 1 discipline.
You will be sent a confirmation email that includes a link to Award Force, the platform the Academy uses to manage applications.
You will need to create an Award Force account to begin your online application.
Due to the high demand for the program, we encourage you to submit your application within 21 days of starting it so the selection panel can assess it as soon as possible.
As part of your application, you will need to:
- complete a short 250-word statement about why you would like to participate in the program.
- submit your current curriculum vitae
- submit 3 annotated examples that demonstrate exceptional teaching and practice
- provide a signed statement of support from your principal or direct manager endorsed by your principal.
You will find more detailed guidance about each of these elements in the online application form.
Stage 2: interview
Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to participate in a 20-minute online interview.
Make sure you consider the selection criteria when developing your application and preparing for your interview. Both will be assessed based on 4 key selection criteria:
- demonstrates deep understanding of the chosen discipline
- collects and analyses evidence to identify student learning needs
- understands and applies a range of pedagogies that are responsive to advance students’ learning
- demonstrates an understanding of the importance of student wellbeing and how to promote it.