The Dual Competencies Profile of Universities of Teacher Training: Institutional and Individual Challenges Related to the Occupational Field
Participating higher education institutions: University of Teacher Education Zug and Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH; Leading Houses), Universities of Teacher Education Graubünden (PHGR), Lucerne (PHLU), School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland (PH FHNW), Universities of Teacher Education Schwyz (PHSZ), St. Gallen (PHSG) and Thurgau (PHTG) as well as the Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik (HfH) Zürich
Discipline: Teacher training
The dual competencies profile also poses special challenges in the area of human resources: It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit staff who have both the academic qualifications and a proven track record in the occupational field. That is why this pilot programme will create a further qualification for employees at universities of teacher education in the area of practical orientation (occupational skills). It focuses on academic staff without a teaching qualification or practical experience, or staff whose practical experience is limited or took place a long time ago. Taking into account the experiences from existing programmes offered by individual universities of teacher education, a transinstitutional modular programme will be developed for these target groups over the course of several trial stages. At the same time, the pilot programme will further develop and emphasise the importance of the dual competencies profile at the institutional level. Nine universities of teacher education from the German-speaking region of Switzerland are participating in the project.
The pilot programme will create a qualification that is recognised by many universities of teacher education and which will further develop the skills of their staff, increasing their mobility and flexibility. In addition, the project will help to enhance the institutional understanding of the dual competencies profile.
Contact: Christa Scherrer, PH Zug and Simone Heller-Andrist, PH Zürich
Link to the pilot programme's website