Academic Frameworks for Supporting

the Teacher Educator’s Professional Development

Teaching in academia demands specialization. This demand and the commitment for achieving it are the basis of the studies in MOFET’s School for Professional Specialization.
The School’s target audience is the academic staff in teacher education institutes – staff members who wish to foster their expertise and advance in academia by means of study, participation in a fruitful peer-community, and an established guidance up their
academic career.
Professional expertise includes the ability to identify, analyze, plan, execute, evaluate and present procedures in a manner that is backed by up-to-date knowledge and that meets national and international standards. Academic staff members’ expertise can serve as a source of inspiration and a professional model, and at the same time grant them appreciation and promotion based on a professional-anchored academic contribution.
Literature shows that acquirng such expertise is based on tutorial procedures of fostering thinking; experiential opportunities; empowerment and belonging to a cross-institution professional community. Accordingly, the School’s specialization programs offer learning and encounters with the best lecturers and moderators; PBL (Project Based Learning); practicum accompanied by personal mentoring; thinking and sharing ideas in small groups of colleagues from academia in all sectors and from all over the country.
The School’s programs focus on the following fields: Teaching, Guidance and Mentoring; Research and Writing; Academic Management and Entrepreneurship; and The Development of an Academic Career.
The common goals of the School’s programs are:
• Striving towards expertise and professional-academic development;
• Encouraging career-long learning;
• Developing learning and research communities;
• Encouraging initiatives for fostering a culture of growth in academic institutions.
The methodologies used in the various programs are:
• Plenary sessions: Lectures and discussions; broadening the theoretical basis of educational thought and action; enrichment of varied and up-to-date knowledge in the relevant fields.
• Small group meetings: Discussing dilemmas and problems raised by the participants; sharing information; analyzing events and solving problems; designing projects; research and writing; peer learning.
• Practicum: Guided experiential workshops; PBL; group and individual counseling; experiencing unique learning environments.
• Study tours: Visits to institutions with innovative learning environments and meetings with position holders.
• Personal guidance: A team of mentors accompanies the participants in their work and in the process of their professional growth.
This unit offers teacher educators and other educators, study opportunities for personal and professional growth and development. The unit initiates activities around subjects that are on the agenda of the education system in general, and that of the teacher education system in particular. It responds to initiatives and suggestions coming both from the analysis of feedback that takes place regularly at the end of each course/workshop and from educators involved in educational research.