Any activities that teachers engage in that develop their professional knowledge and practice to support student learning and that are relevant to their teaching context can be counted as professional learning.
The VIT expects that all professional learning activities used as evidence to be formal and/or informal learning experiences aimed at improving the teacher’s knowledge, practice and competencies in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).
Professional learning may include
- seminars, conferences, workshops and online learning
- professional development days and action research projects within the workplace
- short courses, multi-session professional learning and post-graduate study
- research participation
- professional reading (i.e. journals, research papers, books, reports)
- collegiate meetings and professional conversations focussed on improving practice and outcomes for learners
- resource research (i.e. professional associations and education organisations such as DET, VCAA, ACARA, AITSL, VIT), and
- participation in education-related boards, committees or panels,
Read about the benefits of professional learning for teachers.
Documenting professional learning activities
Professional learning activities should be recorded, and include a reflection demonstrating how the activity has enhanced the teacher’s professional knowledge and/or teaching practice. Professional learning activities are to be entered via the ‘MyPD’ tile of the teacher’s MyVIT account.
Visit the Teacher resources page to find out how to log professional learning activities in MyPD.
Professional learning requirements for annual registration
Professional learning undertaken each year must cover at least one descriptor in each of the three domains of the APST.
|20 hours professional learning per annum
|Permission to teach
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
The APST are used by all teachers in Australia, and underpin the requirements for accreditation of initial teacher education (ITE) programs.
They are designed to clarify the knowledge, practice and professional engagement required for all teachers. They provide a common language for teachers, teacher educators, organisations, professional associations and the general public.
The APST are organised into four levels – graduate teacher, proficient teacher, highly accomplished teacher and lead teacher. These stages are designed to reflect the teacher’s career stages and the ongoing development of their expertise.
The graduate teacher and proficient teacher levels have been adopted by VIT for teacher registration and the annual registration process. Although we have not adopted the highly accomplished teacher and lead teacher levels, individual jurisdictions may choose to use these as a guide with schools.
Structure of the APST
There are a total of 37 descriptors of the APST, which have been categorised into three domains.
We have compiled useful information and resources that align with commonly used descriptors.
Last updated: 29 Mar 2023