Inheriting a Teaching Tradition - Brief on induction into the teaching profession submitted by the COFPE
The teacher training process resulting from the 1992 reform1 is based on recognition of the fact that teaching is a professional occupation that requires thorough training in specific competencies. The process has three interrelated stages: basic training, induction into the teaching profession, and professional development.
Basic training was redesigned to ensure a better balance between psycho-pedagogical training and training in the teaching subject, to strengthen requirements concerning the quality of written and spoken language, to raise the general culture level of future teachers, and to provide a more explicit definition of the competencies teachers are expected to develop.
The teacher training reform provided an opportunity to extend and reinforce practical training, to offer better supervision for practicums, and to base practical teacher training on partnerships between university faculties of education and the school system. A Bachelor of Education degree course now has 120 credits and lasts four years. The emphasis placed on practical training, and a better balance between the various components of the training program, have helped raise the profile of the teaching profession.
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