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Questions to ask Initial Teacher Education providers

If you are interested in studying to become a teacher it is important that the teacher education programme you choose is the most suitable one for you. You should ensure that the type of programme and its expectations of you as a learner will match your style of learning and provide the support you require. The following questions touch on aspects of an ITE programme that might differ from provider to provider:

Questions to ask Initial Teacher Education providers:

  • How many hours per week will I need to plan for my study?
  • Is all the teaching face-to-face or is there also on-line learning in the programme?
  • Can the on-line learning components be done from my computer at home?
  • How many assignments are likely to require completion in each week of the programme?
  • How much part-time work will I be able to manage alongside this programme?
  • Will I be able to work when I am on practicum? What is the attendance requirement for that part of the programme?
  • Does your programme meet the needs of all types of learners? How do you do that?
  • How much of the ITE programme is theoretical and how much is experience in the teaching setting?
  • Does the programme include modelling teaching approaches for that sector?
  • How much of the programme is taught by larger lectures (100+ people) and how much is by smaller (25-30) classes?
  • What support is there for me if I need help with my understanding of assignment work? What will the likely time delay be?
  • What other academic support is available?
  • How often are academic staff available to provide individual assitance should I need help?
  • For practicum placements do I have any input as to where I might be placed?
  • Will I be able to get a place for my practicum near to me? Who pays for the costs of travelling to and from the practicum place each day?
  • Is there financial support to assist with practicum placements if these involve a city/town away from the campus?
  • Will I be visited on practicum by people who teach me in the theoretical parts of the programme?
     
  • Are the visits to me on practicum undertaken by familiar lecturers or people I may not know?
  • How often will I be visited by the ITE provider on each of my practicum blocks and what will be the length of the visit?
  • What sort of support will I be given while on teaching practicum?
  • What is the procedure for ensuring a quality practicum experience?

Additional questions to ask distance providers of ITE:

There are several ITE providers who offer teacher education via an online course or by correspondence. Below are some questions to ask to find out whether this type of study is for you.

  • How many hours per week will I need to plan for my study?
  • Is all the teaching through on-line learning?
  • Are there paper study guides or readings provided which I will be required to complete or read?
  • Will I be able to work full-time at another job and complete this programme in my evenings and weekends?
  • What kind of learner will best manage an on-line programme?
  • Are there any face-to-face teaching component(s) to this programme?
  • If so, will there be face to face teaching component(s) held in my region or at the main campus?
  • If so, what time commitment is required for that?
  • Will I need to meet the costs of transport and accommodation to attend the face-to-face components of the programme?
  • How can I learn to teach if there is only on-line or paper-based teaching in the theoretical parts of the programme?
  • As a person studying at a distance I am aware I may not have a place for my practicum near to me. Who pays for the costs of travelling to and from the practicum each day?