The first phase of involvement of teachers in the Araratian Baccalaureate professional teacher development and certification program – the call for applications, which had opened on March 15, closed on April 15.
Over 300 specialists from Armenia and Artsakh applied to take part in this unique teacher development program in Armenia, which was elaborated by the Ayb Educational Foundation along with one of the most reputable educational institutions in the UK, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE).
In this phase only those persons were eligible to apply to the program who teach or specialize in six subjects – Armenian language and literature, Armenian history, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology.
Presently, the applications are being studied, grouped and classified. In the coming days, those meeting the requirements of the application phase will be notified about the details of the upcoming subject test and will be invited to participate in it. The centralized subject testing is scheduled for April 23.
It should be noted that the selection of the teachers will be done on a competitive basis and the priority will be given to teachers from AB candidate schools. Afterwards, the selection priority “curve” will go down to teachers from schools located close to AB candidate schools, regions where AB candidate schools are located, regions neighboring AB candidate schools, and Yerevan.
The AB professional teacher development and certification program is a 10-11-month free development program developed by the Ayb Educational Foundation in collaboration with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE).
The program is carried out through face to face trainings and online teaching. The first part (20-21 weeks) includes three face to face trainings each 2-3 lasting days, while the second part (20 weeks) is the probation period during which the AB candidate teachers test the knowledge and skills they obtain during the program and work with their mentor advisors. During the probation period the AB candidate teachers carry out a research work, which forms an important component of their portfolio.