- Applications for recognised teacher status must be made on the formal application form.
- Following the submission of the application form to the Secretary of the ECQS, a subject assessor’s report shall be completed by an appropriate member of Queen’s staff with expertise in the subject who shall be asked to comment on the suitability of the candidate’s qualifications and experience to teach and examine a module(s) at a particular level.
a. Normally, the applicant seeking recognised teacher status will be qualified to at least the level that they are seeking recognition to teach, i.e., Degree level for undergraduate recognition and Masters Level for postgraduate recognition.
b. The applicant seeking recognised teacher status should be qualified in the subject area in which they are seeking recognition to teach.
c. Normally the applicant will have previous teaching experience at a higher level
d. If the subject assessor believes that the applicant has insufficient teaching experience a modified form of recognition may be recommended. Such recognition would normally involve supervision by a recognised teacher for a defined period and be subject to evidence of continuing professional development.
3. The application and the subject assessor’s report shall be subsequently submitted to the Chair of ECQS (or nominee) who shall consider the application. In determining the period of recognition to be recommended for an individual, such factors as the qualifications and experience of the individual and any record of previous recognition in the subject shall be taken into account.
The initial period of approval will not normally exceed three years. Applications for renewal, if approved, will not exceed the length of the approval for the collaborative arrangement as stated in the Memorandum of Agreement, normally up to five years.
4. In special circumstances, temporary recognition may be recommended in respect of a candidate who does not meet the criteria for full recognition, and whose appointment is temporary.
Exceptionally, candidates who do not meet the normal criteria for recognition may be recommended for recognition to work under the supervision of a recognised teacher for a defined period, normally three years subject to renewal of approval, or until the candidate can demonstrate that he/she can meet the minimum criteria for recognition in that category.
If an application for renewal is made, where the earlier period of recognition had been subject to supervision or other condition, the supervisor’s report must accompany the renewal application.
5. Applications that are not recommended for recognition shall be referred back to the Principal/Director of the organisation with details of the reasons for the decision.
6. The Principal/Director of the collaborative organisation shall be required to monitor and promote the continuing professional development of each recognised teacher to ensure that the quality of the teaching experience for students meets the standards normally required of approved University programmes.
7. Recognised teachers seeking revalidation should show evidence of continuing professional development over the previous validation period such as would enhance their teaching