Supervising teachers

Supporting and guiding pre-service teachers strengthens our profession and is critical to creating the dynamic and inspirational teachers of tomorrow.

Great teachers have the qualities to support pre-service teachers undertaking their professional experience placements.

Great teachers:

  • know the content of the subjects they teach and have a deep understanding of how learning happens
  • are role models of learning
  • are also those with the personal attributes, dispositions and values that engage students and inspire them to learn and achieve.

What have previous supervising teachers said?

I find the experience incredibly rewarding and I always come away from the experience having learned about my own teaching practice. - Supervising Teacher

Being part of the training of preservice teachers is valuable to existing teachers - enabling reflection of practice and collegial discussion with new practitioners. - Supervising Teacher

Want to know more about being a supervising teacher?

How do you become a supervising teacher?

  1. Ensure you have achieved accreditation at Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level.
  2. Discuss the opportunity of becoming a supervising teacher with your principal. Your principal can then respond to requests from initial teacher education providers with knowledge of your request.
  3. If you have not already done so, plan to undertake professional learning about working with pre-service teachers and include this in your Performance and Development Plan (PDP).
  4. Complete professional learning related to supervising pre-service teachers, either:
    • the AITSL Supervising Preservice Teachers Program – the minimum requirement is Practice Analysis Module 2 which can contribute towards your maintenance of accreditation hours
    • an alternative NESA approved professional learning on being a supervising teacher which may be offered at your school or through a teacher education provider.


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