April 2018 Teacher Training Applications Now Open!

Apply now to start our teacher training course in the UAE in April 2018!

If you’re thinking of training to be a teacher, now is the perfect time to apply. Applications are open for our teacher training courses starting in April 2018.

We have a range of teacher training courses available, including routes which offer UAE endorsed or internationally accredited qualifications, plus teacher training for those who have prior teaching experience as well as those who are completely new to the teaching profession. Not sure which route is right for you? Read all about our different teacher training routes, or simply talk to us!

Once you’re ready to apply, read our 5 Simple Steps to Teacher Training in the UAE.

Or click CLICK HERE to begin your application.

GEMS Teachers! Become a TELLAL Professional Trainer

Calling all GEMS teachers and leaders! We are expanding our internal network of professional trainers and facilitators, and are looking for talented GEMS teachers and leaders to support the TELLAL team…

This is a fantastic opportunity to take a new step in your personal development towards a higher level of peer-lead professional learning, by facilitating the training of other adults.

What does being a TELLAL Professional Trainer involve?

  • Alongside your current GEMS teaching or leadership role, you will facilitate a variety of TELLAL’s face-to-face and online professional learning programmes.
  • You will have the opportunity to design and facilitate bespoke training programmes for educators in GEMS and non-GEMS schools, across all curricula and school sections.
  • You will enhance your CV with experience as a professional trainer of adult learners
  • You will generate evidence of your own personal competencies against TELS UAE Standard 4 in professional growth (part of UAE Teacher Licensing Requirements)

You need to:

  • Be passionate about training adults in a collaborative environment
  • Have the drive to become an expert in andragogy as well as pedagogy
  • Have a TTT (Train-the-Trainer) accreditation or be able to evidence your impact of training adults on either pedagogy, leadership or both
  • Attain the TELLAL Professional Trainer accreditation

Our next TELLAL Professional Trainer (TPT) two-day programme will be held over the 5th March (Day 1) and 15th March (Day 2) at TELLAL. To sign up, simply register via OASIS.

For more information on becoming a TELLAL professional trainer, simply contact us.

UAE Educational Leadership Licences: What, How and When?

Educational Leadership Qualification will be one of the main prerequisites for the UAE Educational Leadership Licence…

School Principals and Head Teachers will be required to hold an educational leadership qualification under the UAE’s new Teacher and Educational Leadership Licensing scheme, and/or demonstrate relevant experience in an Educational Leadership Role.

Introducing Educational Leadership Licensing in the UAE

As part of the incoming TEL SUAE (Teacher and Educational Leadership Licensing) scheme, Head Teachers and School Principals will be required to hold an approved educational leadership qualification at QFEmirates Level 7 or above from a recognised institution, and/or demonstrate relevant experience in an Educational Leadership Role.

The KHDA set out its requirements for school leaders in Dubai in late 2017, as the emirate geared up for the mass roll-out of the nationwide teacher-licensing scheme beginning this year. School Principal Licensing is part of the same TELS UAE framework as Teacher Licensing, but has different requirements and leads to a separate Provisional Principal Licence, and ultimately to Competent Principal Status.

Applying for a UAE Principal Licence

The first step to securing a Provisional Principal’s licence is to submit an application by Thursday 15th February 2018. The application is a thorough and rigorous process, requiring existing Principals to provide appropriate evidence of their leadership capabilities, aligned to the UAE Educational Leadership Standards. Provisional licence holders will then have 12 months to meet the requirements and apply for Competent Principal Status.

Provisional Principal Licence Documents and Requirements

To apply for a provisional principal’s licence, a school Principal must provide:

  • A copy of their valid UAE Residence Visa and School Employment Contract
  • Language Proficiency Certification (IELTS Level 7), if applicable
  • Appropriate subject qualification from a recognised institution at a minimum UAE QFEmirates Level 7)
  • A recognised educational leadership qualification at QFEmirates Level 7 or above from a recognised institution, and/or evidence of relevant experience in an Educational Leadership Role
  • Good Standing Evidence (Good Conduct Certificate from Dubai Police and a letter from the school authorities confirming good standing; plus police clearance certificates from any other countries of residence over the past 5 years)
  • Fitness to Work self-declaration or medical report

Competent Principal Status Documents and Requirements

To be granted a full Principal Licence and Competent Principal Status, school leaders must provide:

  • Provisional Principal Licence
  • Evidence of completion of the Compulsory Professional Development Training
  • Leadership Project
  • DSIB Principal Report
  • TELS UAE Principal Licensing Examinations certificates*

*All Principals must pass the Principal Licence Examinations for TELS UAE Standard 1. Principals are also required to pass exams for Standards 2-4, unless their Educational Leadership qualification or Principal Licence was issued in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada (Ontario) or USA. Principal Licence or Educational Leadership qualification holders from these countries are exempt from the exams for Standards 2-4.

Looking Ahead: Principal Licence Renewal

Competent Principal Status, or a Principal Licence, is valid for 3 years. During this time, all Principals are required to build a portfolio of evidence in line with the UAE Educational Leadership Standards. When licence renewal comes around, Principals will undergo assessment of their portfolios and will have to provide evidence of maintaining their professional development in the 6 compulsory areas. They will also be required to submit the last 3 years of DSIB reports.

From our part-time, internationally accredited Educational Leadership qualification to mock exams and ePortfolio preparation, we can help you as a School Principal to ensure that you’re personally ready to meet the KHDA’s leadership licensing requirements, as well as providing a full suite of teacher licensing solutions for your school. To find out more, simply contact us.


Head of the Leadership Academy Appointed

TELLAL welcomes the newest member of the team: Shanti Clements, Head of the Leadership Academy…

Shanti Clements joins TELLAL from Sydney, Australia, with more than 24 years of experience working in the field of education, personal development and leadership research.

The daughter of a refugee who knows the challenges facing students from low socio-economic and multicultural backgrounds, Shanti has always been a strong advocate for social justice, equity and excellence for students and teachers. She spent eight years as Principal at Beauty Point Public School, and during this time she transformed the learning community and culture resulting in the school being recognised as one of the highest performing in Australia. In 2017, she was recipient of the Commonwealth Bank Australian Teaching Awards and made an inaugural Leadership Fellow.

Shanti believes in having a strong grasp and understanding of the changing national and international policy contexts within which teachers are delivering profound educational changes, and is particularly interested in programmes that value community consultation and school culture.

Leading from the Head

As Head of the Leadership Academy, Shanti brings an understanding of international leadership best practice, research and change theory to help grow and enhance TELLAL’s leadership programmes. One of her key priorities will be to extend the leadership pathways to develop programmes that cater to the leadership needs of high-level senior leaders and experienced principals. “By expanding the approach to include new research on vertical and horizontal ‘leader’ and ‘leadership’ development, we will embrace new thinking and global perspectives on ways to enhance leadership mindsets and capabilities for school and system improvement,” she explains.

Licensing and Leadership

As teacher licensing is rolled out across the UAE, Shanti sees a huge opportunity for TELLAL to support the nation’s schools and leaders: “Teacher and Principal Licensing brings an exciting opportunity to embrace educational change and review the way schools and leaders operate. There is the potential to streamline how school leaders collectively drive educational improvement and build the capacity of their teams. At the same time, ensuring that we balance system reform with principal wellbeing, empowerment and self-regulation is an area in which I can provide leadership support.”

Fostering School-Centred Leadership Pathways

Joining the team at such a critical time in the evolution of the UAE’s education system, Shanti is keen to make the most of her newcomer’s eyes and ‘beginner’s mind’: “I’m very much looking forward to getting into schools at the earliest juncture, and understanding the opportunities and challenges principals and senior leaders currently face to develop programmes and leadership initiatives that support their learning needs and school contexts. I am passionate about supporting the learning and growth of aspiring, novice and experienced leaders so that they flourish and develop the necessary global, educational, organisational and strategic skillsets.”

Within its Leadership Academy, TELLAL offers a range of leadership development programmes for all levels of school leaders. Find out more.

Find out about TELLAL’s mission and vision as the UAE and Middle East’s foremost teacher training institute, and professional learning and development provider.

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