USAID Preservice Teacher Education in Jordan

USAID Preservice Teacher Education in Jordan

Overview

USAID Preservice Teacher Education in Jordan is a five-year initiative to increase the number of fully qualified grade 4–10 teachers and better prepare them for the classroom.

The initiative is supporting participating universities to successfully develop and implement preservice teacher education programs and to ensure that they are well-subscribed by male and female students. Concurrently, it is supporting the Government of Jordan to raise the status of the teaching profession and improve its systems, policies, and practices related to preservice teacher education.

Quick Facts

  • The Program Steering Committee has senior cross-sector representation from the Government of Jordan’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Higher Education Accreditation Council, and Civil Service Bureau, alongside participating universities and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy.
  • USAID Preservice Teacher Education in Jordan is currently partnered with Mu’tah University in Jordan’s Karak Governorate. Three additional universities will be selected to join the initiative in January 2021.
  • The project is utilizing IREX’s Higher Education Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (HEICAT) to ensure its technical assistance and material resource support to universities is based in data and evidence.
  • A national perceptions-of-teaching survey captured the views of over 11,000 people. It provided a snapshot of how the teaching profession is seen by different segments of the Jordanian population, and tested levels of awareness of paths to becoming a teacher.
Photo of teacher standing at a table where 4 students are seated. The teacher is talking to one student while the other students listen.

Goals

  • Increase university capacity to train teachers in order to sustainably increase the total number of fully qualified male and female grade 4–10 teachers across Jordan.
  • Heighten respect for and interest in the teaching profession across Jordan and raise awareness of available paths to becoming a teacher.
  • Improve policy and practice relating to preservice teacher education by building capacity for data gathering and modeling to inform and guide evidence-based policy and planning.

Project Activities

  • Select four universities to partner in the development of preservice teacher education and conduct capacity assessments to tailor a program of technical and material support.
  • Support universities to implement preservice teacher education through technical and material support to deliver high-quality programs with a practicum component, and to build capacity to enhance programs over time.
  • Support universities to promote their programs through development of marketing and enrollment plans and technical and material resources for the campaigns.
  • Support the Government of Jordan to develop evidence-based national campaigns to raise the status of the teaching profession and improve knowledge of pathways into the profession using social and conventional media, television, radio, and cultural events. The campaigns will incorporate learning from evidence on incentives and disincentives and particularly seek to improve perceptions of male teachers.
  • Support data-informed education reform efforts of the Government of Jordan by creating evidence including research on incentives, modeling of teacher demand, and supply and development of facilitation of a policy action plan.
  • Sustainability planning with the Government of Jordan and participating universities to ensure they have the capacity and resource to undertake and sustain their activities by the end of the program’s mandate.

Partners

Partner Logos for USAID, Ministry of Education in Jordan and Queen Raina Teachers Academy

USAID Pre-Service Teacher Education in Jordan is proud to work closely with the following partners in implementing this important program:

Partners:

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Jordan’s Ministry of Education (MoE)
  • Jordan’s Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MoHESR)
  • Jordan’s Civil Service Bureau (CSB)
  • The Higher Education Accreditation Council (HEAC)
  • Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA)
  • Mu’tah University

Program Implementing Partners:

  • The Kaizen Company
  • Edvise-ME
  • Change Agent for Arab Development and Education Reform Co. (CADER)

Contact

Email: cmirza@irex.org

 

Tags

  • Education
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Jordan