CAREER ADVICE

Assessment of Qualifications

Assessment of qualifications is an essential element of NEAS quality assurance processes.  It is the responsibility of the employing organisation to verify qualifications and to check these against the applicable criteria.

NEAS also provides a service for individuals who wish to confirm whether their qualifications meet the specified requirements for teachers or Academic Managers in a NEAS endorsed ELT centre. It is necessary to become an Associate Member before applying for this service. A statement of assessment is provided.

NEAS Endorsed Centres may contact us for assistance in assessing teacher or Academic Manager qualifications.

If you would like to know more about the NEAS standards for specific roles at a NEAS Endorsed Centre, please see below.

AMEP Teaching

For any enquiries about AMEP Teacher Qualifications please contact amepinfo@education.gov.au.

Choosing a TESOL course

Before enrolling in a TESOL course, check that it meets NEAS requirements. It helps to make sure you will have the option of working in NEAS endorsed ELT centres once you complete the course, by confirming your course meets NEAS requirements BEFORE you enrol. If in doubt, check details with the provider before enrolling.

Teachers in NEAS endorsed ELT Centres are required to hold at least the following qualifications:

  • a recognised degree or equivalent * and
  • a recognised TESOL qualification **; or
  • a recognised degree in education with TESOL method ***
  • It is the responsibility of the employing organisation to verify qualifications and to check these against the applicable criteria. If in doubt, please ask the teacher to have their qualifications assessed by NEAS.

* The detailed information necessary for assessing qualifications can normally be found in program transcripts from universities. Teachers holding a degree or equivalent from overseas institutions should contact the relevant State or Territory education authority or Department of Education and Training to confirm local equivalence. For the purposes of the above requirements, NEAS affirms that a degree or equivalent is at least three years full-time (or its part-time equivalent) in length.

** A TESOL qualification results from a program of study having all of the following characteristics:

  • no less than 100 contact hours, or the equivalent in Distance Education programs, with a content focus on English language, language learning and TESOL teaching
  • a practical component including at least six hours practice teaching in TESOL to actual students (not to classmates), supervised and assessed by a teacher who is qualified as per these requirements
  • is a recognised qualification delivered by an education provider registered with government as being eligible to deliver nationally recognised qualifications

*** A degree in education or teaching with TESOL method includes a Bachelor of Education with TESOL method.

Please refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework website for more information on qualification levels.

NEAS Teacher Qualifications

Teachers in NEAS endorsed ELT Centres are required to hold at least the following qualifications:

  • a recognised degree or equivalent * and
  • a recognised TESOL qualification **or
  • a recognised degree in education with TESOL method ***

It is the responsibility of the employing organisation to verify qualifications and to check these against the applicable criteria. If in doubt, please ask the teacher to have their qualifications assessed by NEAS.

* The detailed information necessary for assessing qualifications can normally be found in program transcripts from universities. Teachers holding a degree or equivalent from overseas institutions should contact the relevant State or Territory education authority or Department of Education and Training  to confirm local equivalence. For the purposes of the above requirements, NEAS affirms that a degree or equivalent is at least three years full-time (or its part-time equivalent) in length.

** A TESOL qualification results from a program of study having all of the following characteristics:

  • no less than 100 contact hours, or the equivalent in Distance Education programs, with a content focus on English language, language learning and TESOL teaching
  • a practical component including at least six hours practice teaching in TESOL to actual students (not to classmates), supervised and assessed by a teacher who is qualified as per these requirements
  • is a recognised qualification delivered by an education provider registered with government as being eligible to deliver nationally recognised qualifications

*** A degree in education or teaching with TESOL method includes a Bachelor of Education with TESOL method.

Please refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework website for more information on qualification levels.

Academic Managers of NEAS Endorsed ELT Centres

The senior leadership team holds the following minimum qualifications and experience:

  • a recognised degree or equivalent
  • a TESOL qualification at postgraduate diploma level
  • a robust knowledge of and experience in English language teaching
  • experience in leading and managing people

Notes

  • A degree or equivalent is at least three years full-time (or its part-time equivalent) in length.
  • A degree in education or teaching with TESOL method fulfils TESOL qualification requirements for the purpose of this standard.
  • A postgraduate qualification is one which generally has an undergraduate degree or equivalent as a prerequisite.

Patterns of qualifications other than those outlined above may also be acceptable.