Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
Teaching Licences: The Conseil Calls For CAUTION

In a brief made public at the beginning of the school year, the Conseil supérieur de l'éducation highlighted the broad aims of teacher training reform, which finds its legal expression in the draft Regulation Respecting Teaching Licences, submitted by the Minister to the Conseil for study.

This regulation, whose final text was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on August 27, 1997, and which came into effect on September 11, follows from the major overhaul of teacher training programs for kindergarten, elementary and secondary levels. The first graduates from these programs will receive their diplomas in Spring 1998.


Major changes

The new licence will authorize holders to teach, without specifying the level or discipline. The Conseil calls for school boards and schools to exercise caution to ensure that assignments correspond to teachers' qualifications.

The ability to teach will henceforth be tested within the four-year teacher training program offered by Québec universities. Longer teaching practicums integrated into theoretical training replace the probationary period that formerly followed graduation. The Conseil consequently stresses the universities' responsibility to provide quality teacher training. It also urges schools to institute measures making it easier for recent graduates to embark on their teaching careers.

Since the teaching licence is permanent, the Conseil insists on the importance of continuous professional development. It recommends that measures be implemented to provide incentives and support for the maintenance and development of teachers' professional skills.


The trend toward professionalization

The Conseil supérieur de l'éducation is pleased that the draft regulation is consistent with the trend toward the professionalization of the teaching profession.

It recommends that greater legitimacy and authority be conferred on the two advisory bodies created by the Ministère de l'Éducation in 1992, namely: the Comité d'orientation de la formation du personnel enseignant (COFPE) and the Comité d'agrément des programmes de formation à l'enseignement (CAPFE). The Conseil intends to pursue its deliberations regarding the most appropriate legal bases and organizational sites for each committee.

The Conseil also urges the Ministère to make the entire education community and the general public aware of the spirit underlying its actions, beyond the text of the new Regulation Respecting Teaching Licences.

Panorama • Volume 2, Number 3 • November 1997


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