Programmes


Choosing a Programme for Professional Development and Career Progression

Choosing an Initial Teacher Training Programme

Choosing an Adaptation Course

Programme Delivery

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

Teaching Practice

Internships in Industry (Micro-placements)

Teaching Warrant

Educator Vacancies and Recruitment

Accelerated Progression Scheme for Teachers 


 

Choosing a Programme for Professional Development and Career Progression

 

What professional development courses are available to educators?

 

The Institute for Education offers non-accredited Educator Sessions as well as accredited Stand-alone Modules and Short Programmes for educators.

 

What are Educator Sessions?

 

Educator Sessions are non-accredited professional development sessions that are generally 2 hours in duration.

 

What are Stand-alone Modules?

 

Stand-Alone Modules are short accredited courses offered across a variety of areas within the educational sphere whose ECTS value varies between 1 ECTS and 5 ECTS between Levels 5 and 7 of the Malta Qualification’s Framework.

 

What are Short Programmes?

 

Accredited short programmes are overall Awards consisting of several modules with their own respective assessment. These programmes are pegged to the Malta Qualification’s Framework, and give opportunity for persons working within the education sector to further their knowledge and practices to enhance the learning experience of students.

 

What is an accredited course?

 

An accredited course is pegged to the Malta Qualifications Framework with the training, self-study and assessment measured in ECTS. This gives extra value to the course as it is internationally recognised and may be used to apply for recognition of prior learning when applying for a programme with similar a similar module.

 

I wish to upgrade my qualifications. Which programme do you recommend?

 

For teachers interested in progressing in their career, we advise to apply for the Master in Applied Educational Leadership. This programme is fully online and offered part-time over 3-years.

 

There is also the opportunity for persons to exit with the following qualifications:

      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Educational Leadership (upon successful completion of 30 ECTS);
      • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Educational Leadership (upon successful completion of 60 ECTS)

 

Choosing an Initial Teacher Training Programme



I want to become a teacher. What course do I need to follow?



To become a qualified teacher, you will need to follow the Bachelor of Education or the Master of Education programme offered by the Institute for Education.



I do not have a first degree. What course do I need to be eligible for the position of regular teacher?



If you do not have a first degree in the subject/area you are interested in teaching, you would need to follow one of the Bachelor of Education programmes.



I have a first degree but do not possess a teaching qualification. What course do I need to become eligible for the position of regular teacher?



If you have a first degree in the subject/area that you wish to teach, you would need to follow a Master of Education programme provided that you meet the entry requirements.



I have a first degree and have been told that I just need to complete a two-year Diploma in Education to apply as a regular teacher. Is this true?



Under the current law and requirements, you may exit the Master of Education programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (MQF 7, 60 ECTS) and be considered for the position of regular teacher. Participants are naturally encouraged to further their studies to complete the full qualification.

 

 

The subject I am interested in teaching is not available in the IfE prospectus. Will it be offered in the future?

 

 

The Institute for Education is continually developing new programmes. These are announced mid-May of each year.



Can I work and study at the same time?



Yes, the Institute for Education programmes specifically target those already in employment. Many of our participants are already working as a supply teacher whilst following training with the Institute. Both the Bachelor and Master programmes offered by the Institute for Education are on a part-time basis.



Are lectures held everyday?



Lectures for both the Bachelor and Master programmes are generally held twice to three times a week. They can be delivered both at the Institute for Education or through the Institute's online portal.



Do I need to be a supply teacher to follow a Bachelor or Master of Education programme?



No, participants do not need to be already working as a supply teacher. You will, however, need to make arrangements to be available for the teaching practice component of the programme.

 

For further information, please refer to Teaching Practice FAQs.

 

Choosing an Adaptation Course



What is an Adaptation Course and who is it for?

 

The Institute for Education offers adaptation courses in the form of Postgraduate Certificates in Education. These courses are for qualified educators wishing to teach in another subject area other than the one they are already qualified to teach.

 

These are one-year programmes offered on a part-time basis.

 

 

I do not have a teaching qualification. Will the Postgraduate Certificate qualify me as a teacher?

 

No, you would need to follow a Master of Education or Bachelor of Education programme in order to qualify as a teacher in the area of study.

 

 

I am a qualified teacher for secondary education, but I teach in the Primary sector. What course do I need to apply for the position of regular teacher in the primary?



You would need to follow the adaptation programme Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary) (MQF 7, 30 ECTS). This will fulfil part of the requirements for you to apply for the position of regular teacher.



I am a qualified teacher for a secondary subject but I am interested in teaching a Vocational Education and Training subject. What can I do?



The Institute for Education recommends its Postgraduate Certificate in Education (MQF 7, 30 ECTS) in the subject area you are interested in pursuing. You will need to also check with Human Resources at the Ministry for Education and Employment regarding the requirements to change specialisation.



The subject area I am interested in is not advertised on the IfE Prospectus or Website. Will it be offered in the future?



The Institute for Education is continually developing new programmes. These are announced mid-May of each year.




Programme Delivery

 

When are lectures held?

 

Lectures and training sessions are generally held between 15:30 and 18:15 including a 15-minute break.

In some cases sessions may be held at a different time though our staff do their best to always advise you well in advanced.

 

When is a timetable communicated for full qualifications?

 

Participants following a qualification are provided with a digital timetable by the start of September prior to the commencement of the academic year. Access to this will be made available through the Institute for Education portal once enrolled.

 

Where can I access the programme calendar?

 

A programme calendar may be digitally accessed through the Institute for Education’s portal under the section My Schedule.

 

How do I know where my lecture will be held?

 

To access where a session will be held, click on My Schedule and select the session marked on your calendar. A pop-up will appear providing you with further details such as the lecturer, the location and times. 

 

Lecture details are also displayed on the screen available in the Institute for Education’s foyer.

 

Who is my first point of contact should I have any queries regarding my studies?

 

Your Course Coordinator will be able to guide you further regarding any particular queries related to services, policies and procedures whilst studying with the Institute for Education.

 

Does the Institute for Education have a library?

 

Yes, the Institute has a library located on the ground floor of the Pembroke premises. Each enrolled course participant will also have access to the online libraries ProQuest, EBSCO and SAGE Journals, Knowledge and Research Methods.

 

 

Teaching and Learning

 

How are programmes delivered at the Institute for Education?

 

Programmes offered by the Institute for Education are delivered through online, blended or face-to-face approaches to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of each module may be accessed through the IfE portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

 

What is blended-learning?

 

Blended-learning consists of both face-to-face and online training sessions. This generally adopts a flipped-classroom approach; whereby, learners can engage with material online at their own time and pace while reserving face-to-face workshops for deeper discussion and practice.

 

What does online learning involve?

 

Online learning is adopted across all programmes offered by the Institute for Education. These sessions are held on the Institute for Education’s portal and may be delivered synchronously (live online lectures) through Blackboard Collaborate or asynchronously whereby students may access material at their own time and pace.


 

 

 

What is expected of an online synchronous session?

 

Online synchronous sessions are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate through the IfE portal.

 

For these sessions, participants will be expected to access the online classroom at a pre-defined time and participate in a live session facilitated by the lecturer.

                                                                                                       

What is expected of an online asynchronous session?

 

Asynchronous sessions give learners the opportunity to access material and interact with other course participants at their own time and pace through the IfE portal.

 

For these sessions, participants are expected to engage with the material provided in the form of readings and videos, perform follow-up tasks, provide their own critical reflections on the discussion forums, and give feedback on their peers’ posts.

 

Do I need any particular technology to learn online?

 

You only require a personal computer and good Internet access.


 

Assessment

 

Which courses offered by the Institute for Education are assessed?

 

All accredited programmes have an aspect of assessment to assure that learning outcomes have been reached. The Institute adopts a variety of formative, continuous and summative assessment methods including portfolios, assignments, practical and online tasks, reflective journals, projects, lesson observation, presentations and videos.

 

Are there any examinations for specific modules?

 

The Institute for Education does not employ the use of examinations. Modules are assessed through a range of other assessment tools such as assignments, portfolios, online tasks, reflective journals, projects, presentations, practical tasks and placements

 

How do I check the assessment of a particular course?

 

Assessment methods may be found on the module outline available on the IfE website http://www.ife.gov.mt under Courses.

 

Where can I find further support regarding academic writing?

 

All participants have access to the ProQuest Research Companion, which includes videos that guide you through the process of writing academically together with several tools to facilitate the process. This is available on the IfE portal under the section Resources.

 

What referencing systems does the Institute for Education adopt?

 

The Institute for Education makes use of Harvard and APA (American Psychology Association) systems.

 

All participants have access to the ProQuest Research Companion, which comes with a Citation Builder and supporting videos. This is available on the IfE portal under the section Resources.

 

Where can I access further information regarding policies and procedures related to assessment?

 

Further information may be obtained from the Institute for Education’s website under Policies and Procedures.


 

Teaching Practice

 

What is a Teaching Practice and how is it assessed?

 

Teaching Practice is a vital component of teacher training programmes as it provides opportunity for the learners to put theory into practice and to self-reflect on teaching and assessment methods employed in the classroom.

 

When and where do Teaching Practices take place?

 

Teaching Practice takes place in the morning within a school.

 

How long is a teaching practice on the Bachelor of Education programme?

 

The Bachelor of Education consists of three (3) teaching practices with each lasting six (6) weeks. These are held in the first, second and fourth year of the programme.

 

How long is a teaching practice on the Master of Education programme?

 

The Master of Education consists of two (2) teaching practices. These are held in the 1st and 2nd year of the programme.

 

The first year Teaching Practice is eight (8) weeks and generally held between February and April. The second year Teaching Practice is seven (7) weeks and held between November and December.

 

I am already a supply teacher in the subject/area of specialisation that I wish to follow. Can I do my teaching practice with my own class?

 

Yes, this is possible though you will need to provide the Institute with a timetable of your teaching workload to assure that you have a sufficient number of lessons each week with a suitable class.

 

If I do not have a suitable class to conduct my teaching practice, will the Institute for Education provide me with one?

 

Yes, the Institute for Education will assist in assigning you a class for the Teaching Practice period.

 

This is done in liaison with the Educational Resource Department at the Ministry for Education and Employment. The assigned school is according to their exigencies and outside the control of the Institute for Education.

  

When will I be informed of my school placement?

 

The Institute for Education will inform you of your school placement as soon as the Educational Resources Department have made the necessary arrangements with the College Principal and Head of School where you will be placed.

 

Participants are generally informed at least two-weeks prior to the teaching practice commencing. Where possible, you will then have the first week of Teaching Practice to observe the regular class teacher and acquaint yourself with the students and classroom environment.

 

I am not a supply teacher. Will the Institute for Education make arrangements with my employer for me to conduct Teaching Practice?

 

No. It is the responsibility of the participant to assure that they are available to follow the teaching practice component(s). It is advised you discuss options available with your employer upon acceptance to the programme.

 

How is the Teaching Practice assessed?

 

This component is assessed by teaching practice visitors who conduct classroom observations and support your development further through feedback and recommendations on practice. You will also be assessed on a Teaching Practice file, which needs to be kept up-to-date throughout the period. 

 


Internships in Industry (Micro-placements)

 

I noticed that there is an Internship on the programme. What does it involve?

 

Throughout this module, participants will be placed in industry away from the school environment in order to develop essential competences required in the world of work. Participants will develop soft skills such as adaptability, communication, work ethic, teamwork, flexibility, time-management and problem solving. All of these are skills that an educator should foster within their own students in the classroom.

 

How long does a micro-placement internship last?

 

On the Bachelor of Education, the micro-placement internship may last for a minimum of two (2) weeks and a maximum of four (4) weeks.

 

For postgraduate qualifications, the micro-placement internship consists of a six (6) week industry training placement in summer.

 

How is a micro-placement internship assessed?

 

Micro-placement internships are assessed through a reflective journal outlining your experience gained and the application of inquiry-based techniques.

 

Can I choose my own micro-placement internship?

 

Yes, it is encouraged for participants to find a micro-placement visit that particularly interests them. For further details, refer to: https://bit.ly/2VkQwCn

 

Where can I find further information on micro-placement internships?

 

Further information may be accessed on the IfE website through: https://bit.ly/3aOwbM7.

 

  

Teaching Warrant



Who issues teaching warrants?

 

The Council for the Teaching Profession (CTP) is an independent body responsible for issuing teaching warrants.

 

 Telephone: 2598 2457 / 2598 2440 / 2598 2438 / 2598 2314

  Email:  ctpmalta@gov.mt

 

 

Do the Bachelor and Master of Education programmes make me eligible to apply for a permanent teaching warrant?

 

The programmes are recognised by the Maltese Council for the Teaching Profession (CTP) and fulfil part of the requirements for a permanent warrant.

 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Council for the Teaching Profession to ensure that they fulfil the appropriate requirements to apply for a permanent teaching warrant.

 

Educator Vacancies and Recruitment



Does the Institute for Education deal with school employment?

 

No. The Institute for Education is a Further and Higher Education Institute, and does not deal with school employment.



Who should I contact regarding the requirements for position within a school?

You should contact the Human Resources Department at the Ministry for Education and Employment or with the respective school you are applying to work.



How do I apply for position within a school?

 

To apply for a position, you should wait until a Call for Applications opens with the Ministry for Education and Employment or the respective school at which you are interested to work.

 

 

 

Accelerated Progression Scheme for Teachers

 

 

What is the Accelerated Progression Scheme for Teachers?


 

 

One can find more detailed information on the Accelerated Progression Scheme from the Letter Circular issued on 2nd May 2018 issued by the Ministry for Education and Employment.

 

How many hours does each ECTS contribute to the Accelerated Progression Scheme for teachers?

 

Each ECTS of an accredited course offered by the Institute for Education contributes to 25 hours of the Accelerated Progression Scheme.

 

How many hours does a non-accredited course contribute to the Accelerated Progression Scheme for teachers?

 

Each hour of attendance contributes to one hour of the Accelerated Progression Scheme.

Who do I contact in relation to the Accelerated Progression Scheme?

 

For more information on the Accelerated Progression Scheme, one needs to contact The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes on 2598 2131 or visit their website on www.curriculum.gov.mt.