The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) enables highly-skilled teachers to advance their capability and confidence for exemplary teaching.
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 content and pedagogical content knowledge in and across the key discipline areas. They access contemporary, evidence-informed research and apply this learning to their students’ learning needs. Teachers utilise a practitioner inquiry approach to deepen their knowledge, capability and confidence to teach even more effectively in their context.
TEP is open to highly-skilled teachers with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience from the government, Independent and Catholic sectors, including those teaching in alternative settings.
Supported by a team of Master Teachers-in-Residence, TEP teachers engage with national and international expert educators in a diverse range of learning activities, including Conference Days, Discipline Days, Teaching Excellence Learning Community (TELC) Days and Practitioner Inquiry.
Teaching in the disciplines
The program is structured around key disciplines, including:
- The Arts
- English, including English as an additional language
- Health and Physical Education
- The Humanities
To support applicants with their 2024 TEP applications and answer any questions, we are holding weekly drop-in information sessions for both teacher applicants and principals.
We encourage applicants to attend an applicant/teacher information session to find out more about the program and so that we can clarify and support applicants to submit their applications. The principal information sessions are opportunities to hear from Principals-in-Residence. The sessions will provide information for principals to support their teacher applicants through the application process and the year of professional learning that follows.
Over a school year, teachers are expected to engage and contribute to:
- orientation sessions (2 online sessions, 90 minutes each)
- conferences (2 days) - Melbourne
- discipline days (4 days) - Melbourne
- Teaching Excellence Learning Communities (TELCs) days (4 days)
Place-based (closest Academy location: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne, Mildura, Moe, Shepparton).
* This structure may be different for those located in the Mallee. Please attend one of our information sessions to find out more.
TEP teachers attend two conference days to learn from national and international leaders in education and collaborate with each other to generate new understanding and knowledge. Conferences are held in Melbourne during Term 1 and Term 4.
The TEP discipline days are a unique opportunity for teachers to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in their selected discipline. Teachers participate in expert-led workshops to explore evidence-informed thinking and practice. TEP teachers are supported by Master Teachers to critically reflect on teaching and make theory/practice connections.
Teaching Excellence Learning Communities (TELCs)
The TELCs are where the magic happens. TELCs are where teachers come together from across sectors, disciplines, school types, year levels, and locations to apply their discipline-focused learning to their specific classroom and school contexts. TELCs support TEP teachers to enhance their expertise through professional dialogue, connection-making and practitioner inquiry. TELC Days are conducted at Academy locations across the state and TEP teachers are allocated based on the Academy location closest to their school.
TEP teachers will experiment with the phases of the inquiry cycle and conduct two practitioner inquiries as a part of their self-directed learning. Through practitioner inquiry, TEP teachers 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. The first inquiry relates to a problem of practice in a teacher’s classroom or setting and the second is a collaborative inquiry with teachers from their TELC. They identify a shared problem of practice and explore it through their own context while learning with and from each other.
TEP Graduation Requirements
To graduate from the TEP, teachers are required to:
- attend 90% of TEP professional learning events
- develop and submit required and verified learning activities that meet a standard of excellence
- undertake an independent mini practitioner inquiry and a collaborative extended practitioner inquiry
Graduates of the program become Academy alumni and are invited to join the TEP Alumni Network. The Network offers alumni the opportunity to engage in further, exclusive professional learning events and an online community to engage in focussed discussions, share practice and resources, and provide support to each other. Following graduation, TEP alumni can apply for a Teaching Innovation Fellowship to design, lead and implement an innovation project that transforms teacher practice and student learning in their classrooms or schools.
The Teaching Excellence Program is designed for highly-skilled teachers from the government, Independent and Catholic sectors, including those teaching in alternative settings. To be eligible for the program you must:
- have minimum 3 years teaching experience
- have your principal’s endorsement and ongoing support (A manager can replace a principal for applicants in alternative settings)
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
- have full teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
- be in an education-based role in Victoria (full-time or part-time) and have access to a classroom setting to conduct a practitioner inquiry
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-in-Residence, selected for their specialised discipline knowledge and expertise, advanced pedagogical practices, and student learning growth.
As recognised teaching experts in their field, Master Teachers-in-Residence represent exceptional teaching practice from across government, Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria.
Fees are fully subsidised by the Victorian Government for government, Catholic and Independent school TEP Teachers.
All government schools are eligible for a participation subsidy, equivalent of up to 10 -14 days of CRT, up to the value of $7000 per TEP teacher.
Independent and Catholic schools may be eligible for a participation subsidy, equivalent of up to 10 - 14 days of CRT, up to the value of $7000 per TEP teacher. Eligibility is determined based on an equity formula, which will be assessed after successful applicants accept their offer for a place in the 2024 TEP.
All regional and rural schools will be eligible for a separate regional subsidy, to support TEP teachers travel and accommodation to TEP events. This amount will vary, depending on the school’s location.
Acceptance into the 2024 TEP depends on the outcome of a 2-stage selection process.
To apply you must select one 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, or a specialist school you may naturally be drawn to the English or Mathematic disciplines, and we welcome your applications. However, if you have specific skills and 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.
Stage 1: Application
The first stage involves submitting your online application. Your application will take approximately two to three hours to complete.
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 one discipline.
You will be sent a confirmation email that includes a link to Award Force, the platform the Academy uses to manage online applications for the TEP.
Create an 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 make a timely assessment.
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 two annotated examples that demonstrate exceptional teaching and practice.
- obtain your principal or manager’s endorsement. Please see important principal endorsement steps below.
If you are in a school setting, you will need your principal’s endorsement. If you are in another setting, you will need your manager’s endorsement.
Once you have finalised all the steps in Award Force and have clicked submit on your application, your principal/manager will automatically receive an email asking them to click on a link and tick a box to endorse your application. Your application will not be completed until your principal has completed this step.
Please remember to:
- allow time for your principal/manager to complete their endorsement before applications close.
- provide your principal/manager’s correct and direct email address.
Stage 2: Interview
Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to participate in a 10-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 three key selection criteria:
- demonstrates deep understanding of the chosen discipline.
- collects and analyses evidence to identify student learning needs.
- demonstrates an understanding of the importance of student wellbeing and the connection of wellbeing to quality learning