Pre-Service Teacher Education in Jordan

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PRE-SERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION IN JORDAN
PRE-SERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION IN JORDAN
PRE-SERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION IN JORDAN

BACKGROUND

Over the past decade, Jordan’s performance on international assessments in literacy, mathematics, and science has declined, with boys underperforming compared to girls at all levels. Jordan has made great strides in strengthening education quality through in-service teacher training programs and curriculum reform. However, most teachers are recruited based on subject-specific degrees, and often begin teaching with no background in teaching pedagogy, classroom management, or child development. Out of 87,000 public school teachers, fewer than 700 attended pre-service education training in university before entering the classroom. Prior to PRESTIJ, aspiring male teachers had very limited pre-service education opportunities; they could attend one small pilot program in Amman.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Queen Rania Teacher Academy, and associated institutions, USAID works to make sure aspiring teachers gain the skills they need to engage their students and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. The Pre-service Teacher Education in Jordan (PRESTIJ) prepares aspiring teachers at four universities to become certified and equipped with essential pedagogical skills that supplement their subject-specific degrees. Student-teachers learn relevant pedagogy, interactive teaching methods, effective classroom management, and how to integrate issues such as gender equity, disabilities inclusion, and environmental awareness into their teaching. The nine-month diploma program is adapted from the Queen Rania Teacher Academy’s widely-recognized pre-service teacher education diploma. Staff at the universities receive training to administer the activity and ensure the quality
of graduates.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Four public universities (Jordan, Yarmouk, Mu’tah and Hashemite) across Jordan deliver a 24-credit professional diploma for teacher education. Prospective teachers acquire the pedagogical skills to provide quality education to students in rural and urban areas of diverse socio-economic demographics. To date, 189 student-teachers are enrolled in the first cohort. Ministry of Education scholarships which cover up to fifty percent of student-teacher’s tuition are available based on financial need to 40 of these diploma candidates.
     
  • The new teacher education diploma program is equivalent to a Master’s degree in the eyes of the Civil Service hiring bureau giving education diploma graduates a higher standing in the hiring process. While all graduates of the program will be well positioned to secure teaching positions, the top 20 graduates from the pre-service diploma program will move to the top of the placement roster at the Ministry of Education.
     
  • This ruling ensures that the pre-service program is valued and receives appropriate weight within the hiring process.
     
  • Public schools in Jordan are gender-segregated after third grade, and boys consistently underperform compared to girls. Through the Professional Diploma for Teacher Education, aspiring male teachers for grades 4 through 10 now have expanded access to pedagogical training at universities to gain practical experience to help their students learn and to serve as male role models in the classroom.
     
  • In the first year, a National Campaign promoting the teaching profession as a fulfilling, professional career choice for men and women reached over 19 million views, 66 percent of whom were males. The National Campaign’s impact is already proving effective. The first cohort of student-teachers is 12 percent male, exceeding the activity’s goal of ten percent male students. The National Campaign was supported by 21 public and private partners through contributions in excess of $250,000 USD.
     
  • Becoming a teacher involves gaining real-life experience through practice-teaching in the classroom, under the guidance and mentorship of an experienced teacher. Student teachers in the PRESTIJ diploma program gain 96 hours of practicum teaching during the nine-months of the program. To support the student-teachers during their practicum experience, over 700 experienced teachers, also called mentors, were trained in public and private schools across Jordan in Ministry of Education-accredited training.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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