The Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) 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 third article of a series that explains the accreditation for which the BTC is pursuing, we will focus on the third standard, Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity. According to CAEP, this standard holds teachers colleges accountable for choosing the best students to become teachers. This standard is derived from significant global research that shows that quality educational outcomes have much to do with quality teachers.
The BTC is in perhaps the strongest position possible regarding this standard. Not only are BTC's students selected directly by their current or eventual employer, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education utilizes a comprehensive campaign each year to recruit the best students. Candidates are selected based on many factors: grades, exams, and interviews. The rigorous process takes a few months each year and produces an excellent pool of quality educators.