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Understanding Provisional Teacher Certification
learning time
This self-paced course is approximately 5 hours of learning time.
who is this for?
This course is for new graduates and newly provisionally certificated teachers and their mentors.
skill level
Suitable for new graduates and mentors.
This short course is intended for new graduates embarking on their journey as provisionally certificated teachers. Mentor teachers would also find value in this course, especially if participating with the teacher they support.

There is a lot of misinformation circulating in the ECE sector about what is required of a provisionally certificated teacher. Barbara Watson, the presenter of this course investigated induction and mentoring programmes in her PhD studies and has also worked alongside the Teaching Council delivering workshops that covered certification requirements. She will bring clarity to the confusion and uncertainty you may be feeling as you step into this next stage of your career.

In this course we will examine the purpose of the provisional certification period and the expectations of the induction and mentoring (I&M) programme your centre is required to provide for you. You will learn about your role, and that of your mentor, in the I&M programme and what will be required of you before becoming a fully certificated teacher.
This course is for you if;

  • You are a new graduate about to begin your teacher registration journey with questions about what you are mean to be doing as a provisionally certificated teacher (PCT).
  • You are a mentor teacher who wants to have a good understanding of what is required in an induction and mentoring program.
  • You are a new PCT who is feeling confused about what is required of you to get fully registered.

Facilitated by Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)
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What others are saying about this course  

This course provided a wealth of information that was unknown to me as a newly registered teacher.
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I found this course hugely beneficial as a new mentor. After listening to your videos reading the articles etc I now feel more confident and comfortable to begin my mentoring journey.
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Loved the 3 big questions that were introduced before and how we can mould them in our practice; the 'Solution- focused mindset'; ways to collaborate and communicate; striking balance...the whole lot, actually!
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About the Course Creator

Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)

Barbara is a qualified early childhood and primary teacher and has owned and managed early childhood centres. Having worked as part of the EC Professional Support team at the Faculty of Education for 7 years, she has strong links with The University of Auckland. While in this role Barbara facilitated a variety of workshops and programmes for a wide range of ECE services and also lectured on a number of ECE papers.

Barbara has a passion for supporting teachers to make effective links between theory and practice. Her Masters thesis focused on leadership and adult education and her PhD investigated how induction and mentoring programmes are enacted in education and care services. Barbara works with centre leaders as a mentor, coach and external appraiser.

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