Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
College-Level Teacher Training: A Joint Project Involving the WHOLE College Community

The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation proposes reviewing training requirements for teaching at the college level, based on new expectations for teaching staff. It recommends that it be compulsory for college teachers to add teacher training specific to the college level to qualifications related to their discipline.

"While passion and mastering of the discipline taught are essential, they are not always enough. To truly support learning and help students overcome the difficulties they encounter requires specific competencies and knowledge acquired through initial and continuing teacher training", said Conseil supérieur de l’éducation president, Céline Saint-Pierre, on releasing the brief on May 9, at the Collège de Maisonneuve.


Increasingly complex teaching

The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation stresses that college teaching is becoming increasingly complex. In addition to mastering the discipline taught, teachers must be able to design and apply teaching strategies centred on student learning. They must also be able to contribute significantly to program development and the life of their department, college and community. They must be able to analyze their teaching practices on an ongoing basis and to contribute to knowledge development and the evolution of the teaching profession.


Main orientations and measures

While proposing an integrated set of competencies for all teachers, the Conseil believes that training methods should allow for the different career paths reflected in personalized professional development plans. It feels that interaction between teaching and learning theories and teaching experience should continue.

The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation is well aware that the implementation of these new training requirements constitutes a major challenge for the college sector, since it implies a certain amount of work reorganization. Among other things, it suggests that new teachers have a lighter workload for a period of time to allow them to acquire adequate training, thus enabling them to provide a higher quality of teaching to their students. To support and provide training for these new staff members, the Conseil suggests that experienced teachers become their mentors or associate teachers.

The Conseil would like to see colleges working with universities to design and implement training that meets their needs. It encourages universities to offer diversified, accessible training that makes use of the expertise of college teachers.

Finally, the Conseil asks the Minister of Education to clearly express his wish that compulsory training be respected throughout the system and that he provide the funding necessary for it.

Panorama • Volume 5, Number 2 • May 2000

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