By establishing links between the teacher education, the coaching available to newly qualified teachers and in-service teacher education, the Antwerp School of Education aims to provide added value and create a complete training pathway made up of professional programmes. These programmes are designed to respond to the needs of our changing society and to the new opportunities emerging in education and related sectors.
The Antwerp School of Education’s goal is to develop a state-of-the-art, continuous, multidisciplinary training pathway for educational professionals.
This training pathway for teachers consists of a pre-service teacher education, followed immediately by coaching for newly qualified teachers, and a range of in-service training courses which can be taken later in teachers’ careers. The aim of this continuous pathway is to train teachers who are competent, committed, development-oriented and conscientious, and who can continue to fulfil their key roles in our diverse, internationally oriented society.
The idea is to provide permanent structure and content in a teacher’s career in collaboration with schools and their communities. Coaching, feedback, reflection, regeneration and reorientation serve as key instruments in ensuring that a career in education remains attractive.
The Antwerp School of Education also aims to contribute to the professionalisation of school leaders and school and policy support staff through a wide range of in-service training and coaching initiatives. This range of initiatives seeks to address both current and future needs and challenges posed by interdisciplinary cooperation.
In addition, the Antwerp School of Education is collaborating with ECHO (UAntwerp’s centre of expertise for higher education) to develop a training programme for lecturers in higher education and to give new impetus to the educational professionalisation of academic staff.
All of these programmes invite educational professionals to reflect on their teaching practice and methods while drawing on insights from scientific research. Active pluralism and sustainability are also embedded in each programme.
The primary aim of the teacher education is to prepare students for teaching careers in secondary education. The reference framework for the programme is the government’s official position profile for teachers and the basic competences it includes. The teacher education consists of 60 credits – a theoretical component worth 30 credits and a practical component worth another 30 credits – and leads to a degree-level teaching qualification.
This teaching qualification is required to obtain permanent appointment and a full salary as a secondary school teacher. It is recommended for all those hoping to begin a tutoring or lecturing career in higher education and adult education, but also for those interested in teaching business courses and corporate training.
The objectives and learning outcomes of the teacher education are derived from the government’s official position profile for secondary school teachers and the basic competences it includes. These basic competences describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes that a newly qualified teacher must possess in order to be able to fulfil their role effectively. The basic competences allow newly qualified teachers to develop towards the full position profile.
The teacher education is characterised by two pairs of concepts:
subject-specific/didactic and educational
practice-oriented and academic