Clinical Practice and Partnerships

 

The Bahrain Teachers College is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a US-based organization that is recognized by the US Department of Education and is perceived to be the most important such board. In this second article of a series that explains the accreditation for which the BTC is pursuing, we will focus on the second standard, Clinical Partnerships and Practice. According to CAEP, this standard holds teachers colleges accountable for ensuring a robust system of supervision of internship-style teaching practice within actual schools and classrooms. 


BTC's well known "Teaching Practice" program places students in Ministry of Education classrooms for supervised instruction. In the B.Ed. program, BTC students are assigned to Teaching Practice for all four years. They are supported jointly by a BTC faculty member, who visits, observes, and provides feedback on the teaching, and a Ministry Cooperating Teacher, who oversees the teaching practice on a daily basis. In the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), BTC students, who are already employed as teachers in the Ministry of Education, obtained mentorship and coaching from BTC faculty members.

The requirement for Clinical Teaching Practice by the accreditor is set in order to ensure that a teacher education is just as much practical as it is theoretical. Teachers need to learn the skills of teaching, and evidence demonstrates that the best way for this to occur is under the guidance of a skilled teacher educator and a skilled classroom teacher. BTC faculty are very confident in the college's Teaching Practice system, as it meets and exceeds all expectations set forth by the accreditor.

 

 

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