Clinical Practice and Partnerships
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.
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.
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.