About Dr. Ted Purinton
Welcome to the Bahrain Teachers College, where great educators are shaped and nurtured. The desire to make the world a better place pulls us together, and the vision of making Bahrain's educational system one of the best in the world is what drives us.
Our mission at the BTC is to prepare the best Bahraini teachers who are committed to life-long learning, professional behavior, international best practice, and evidence-based instructional strategies.
The Bahrain Teachers College was founded in 2008 through a partnership with Singapore’s National Institute of Education, which provided a curriculum and the policy foundations for the operation of the College. Now on its own, the Bahrain Teachers College is in a position to forge its own identity in the years and decades ahead. It does so with the continued support of the Ministry of Education as the sole employer of all BTC graduates and the University of Bahrain, its academic home.
This relationship is the envy of the rest of the world. As scientific research advances, universities are increasingly at risk of being isolated from the societies and labor markets they serve. The Bahrain Teachers College, however, is deeply engaged in the problems faced by real teachers in real schools. The faculty do not approach their work from purely theoretical foundations; instead, they use theory and research to address teaching practice within schools.
The result is that graduates from the various programs of the Bahrain Teachers College are considered to be stellar educators and leaders who engage and motivate students while preparing them to be active and competitive participants in the global labor market.
In October, 2008, Bahrain’s comprehensive Economic Vision 2030 was launched by his Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, setting out a plan for Bahrain’s economic development strategy. As part of this strategy, Bahrain established four major projects: the Economic Development Board of Bahrain, the Bahrain Polytechnic, the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority, and the Bahrain Teachers College.
BTC was established in 2008 in coordination with the Ministry of Education (MOE) with teacher education programs designed by the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore. Now independent from the NIE, the BTC continues its operations in offering preparatory and specialized educational programs such as a Bachelor of Education, a series of Post Graduate Diplomas in Education, an Education Leadership Program, and many continuing professional development courses for public and private school educators.
The Governing Council of the BTC is chaired by Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Juma, the Undersecretary for Human Resources at the Ministry of Education.
The College’s first graduates were in 2010, under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training.
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Dr. Ted Purinton
Dean, Bahrain Teachers College