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1 Continuing education of teachers in the context of lifelong learning: legislative framework and practice - Slovakia Dr. Peter Nemec Catholic University in Ružomberok Faculty of Education

2 Legislation framework Concept and laws Accreditation Funding of continual education Qualification eligibility of pedagogical employees Types of continual education

3 Practice Salary tariffs of pedagogical employees in SR and EU Accredited programs by Ministry of Education SR Continual education at the Centre of Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Education, CU in Ružomberok - 1 st and 2 nd attestation Continuing education teachers at other universities National projects of continuing education of teachers in SR Pros & Cons

4 LEGISLATION FRAMEWORK

5 Definition Continuing education of teachers (continual education) as a part of lifelong learning is a constant process of acquiring knowledge, skills and competencies with the aim to sustain, renew, improve, expand and deepen professional competences of teaching staff /of pre-primary, primary, secondary schools/ and professional staff needed for the performance of pedagogical and specialized activities. (Act on Teaching Staff and Professional Staff, 2009)

6 Concept of Professional Development of Teachers in the Career System Act on Teaching Staff and Professional Staff Act on Qualifications and Specific Qualification Requirements for Different Categories of the Teaching Staff and Professional Staff Act on Continual Education, Credits, and Attestation of Teaching Staff and Professional Staff Lifelong Learning Act Act no. 390/2011 that changes and complements Act on Teaching Staff and Professional Staff and some of the laws.

7 Main aims of the Concept of Professional Development of Teachers in the Career System 1.To define requirements of professional competences of educators through professional standards 2.To create career system including career paths and advancement that allows choice of professional development of teachers 3.To create system of continual education of teachers as a component of lifelong learning 4.To create credit system that will accept education of adults in accredited educational programs or in other creative activities of teachers presenting their results of non-formal and informal learning 5.To create new system of differentiated reward of educators connected with professional standards, career system and credit system

8 Accreditation is a state authorization of programs of continual education on the basis of approval of personal guarantors, aims, content, length, forms and method of completion Providers of continuing education for teachers: School or school establishment University Organizations established by Ministry Religious organizations Legal entity (activity education)

9 Funding of Continual Education state budget budgets of regional and local municipalities budgets of school founding entities budgets of employers participants fees contributions and donations other EU funds (ESF)

10 Types of Continual Education Adaptation Education – to gain professional competences, needed for independent role of teacher - relevant for starting teachers Specialization Education – aim is to gain professional competences for performance of specialized activities School Leadership Education – aim is to gain professional competences for performance of managerial activities Actualization Education – aim is to sustain professional competences needed for standard performance of pedagogical activities, or for preparation for attestation Innovation Education – aim is to improve professional competences needed for standard performance of pedagogical activities Qualification Education - aim is to gain professional competences, needed for teaching another subject or for completion of qualification requirements

11 PRACTICE

12 Salary tariffs of pedagogical employees Credit bonus - salary increase of 6% from work class for each 30 credits (first attestation) gained but to maximum of 60 credits (second attestation). Latest Act (October 2011) brings improvement to credit system, making it more flexible, as it allows school directors to recognize credits, but it also sets obligation to disclose who and what for gained credits. From 2012 starting teachers with: small doctorate receive 1 st attestation PhD. title receive 2 nd attestation Teachers with attestation receive salary raise.

13 Annual teachers salaries in the MASON countries

14 Accredited programs by the Ministry of Education SR (July 2011) 531 accredited continual education programs by the Ministry Methodology and Pedagogy Centre accredited programs Other providers: Institutions on national level governed by the ministry Universities Primary and secondary schools Ltd. companies Inc. companies Foundations Non-profit organizations Religious organizations Civil organizations

15 Centre of Lifelong Learning FE CU Continual Education In 2010 Centre started its activities in the area of continual education by: Monitoring needs and interest in education Creation of information site on the faculty websiteinformation site Establishment of lecturer and guarantor teams Accreditation of study programs. Currently accredited: School management Innovation in management of schools and school establishments New trends in didactics of religious education Current questions of pedagogy and psychology in European education area Education preparation for 1 st attestation Education preparation for 2 nd attestation Work on own strategy of continuing education in the scope of legislation

16 Centre of Lifelong Learning FE CU Continual Education Attestation Education preparation for 1 st attestation – Applicant needs to gain 30 credits before starting preparation and 60 credits before applying for 1st attestation – Thesis of 1st attestation should be between pages in length for applicant with Master degree and pages for applicant with Bachelor degree Education preparation for 2 nd attestation – Thesis of 2nd attestation should be between pages Topic of the thesis should be connected with teaching or study subject Content of the thesis is an objective knowledge connected with current research

17 Centre of Lifelong Learning FE CU Continual Education of Teachers 2011 Statistics 2011 (completed)2012 (registered) Function-innovational1715 Credit education66 Time to register during the year 1 st attestation nd attestation21

18 Other universities carrying out attestation of continual education Slovak University of Technology Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice + national institution govern by the Ministry of Education Methodology and Pedagogy Centre

19 Continual Education Statistics Methodology and Pedagogy Centre st qualification exam949/891 2 nd qualification exam2018/1502 Functional education (240 hours)4501 >>> will end in 2010 Specialized education1070 Specialized innovation education / 1 st qualification exam281 / so far Specialized education (before law 317/209 in force)120 Non-accredited education hours1325 Non-accredited education less then 8 hours10007

20 National projects of continual education Methodology and Pedagogy Centre Training of Pedagogical Employees of Kindergardens as a Component of Lifelong Learning Process Training of Pedagogical Employees of Kindergardens as a Component of Lifelong Learning Process Training of Pedagogical Employees for the Inclusion of Marginalised Roma Communities Training of Pedagogical Employees for the Inclusion of Marginalised Roma Communities Professional and Career Development of Pedagogical Employees Institute of Information and Prognoses of Education Modernization of the Process of Education in Primary and Secondary Schools Modernization of the Process of Education in Primary and Secondary Schools

21 National projects of continual education State Vocational Education Institute National Projects of Teachers Education in Connection with Creation of School Educational Programs National Projects of Teachers Education in Connection with Creation of School Educational Programs National Institute for Education Further Training of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in the Subject Informatics Further Training of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in the Subject Informatics Training of Primary School Teachers in Foreign Languages in Accordance with the Concept of Foreign Language Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools Training of Primary School Teachers in Foreign Languages in Accordance with the Concept of Foreign Language Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools

22 PROS Legislative framework Salary increase according to clear rules Quality standards Bringing current up-to-date information to teachers from attestation thesis

23 CONS Changes of ministers and government Frequent amendments of laws Not defined position of teacher Low social status of teacher and insufficient funding of education Problems with funding in EU funded national projects Motivation - teacher enrolls to education because of salary increase not because of gaining necessary competences


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