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NAATD Teacher of the Deaf Competencies

The National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf has sought to promote the minimum competencies for the training of persons involved in the provision of education to children and students who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout our history. After significant consultation, the Minimum Competencies for Teachers of the Deaf document was launched in 2005 and reviewed in 2009.

This document has served four main purposes with four associated audiences:

  1. The National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf defines these Competencies as required for eligibility for full membership of the association.
  2. It was hoped that universities that graduate and post-graduate programs focusing on the training of teachers involved in the education of deaf and hard of hearing children use the Competencies to develop and evaluate their coursework.
  3. These Competencies served as guidelines for employing authorities to follow in the employment of teachers. These Competencies are the minimum Competencies that the association believes are required by teachers who are employed to work as Teachers of the Deaf.

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Teaching Practicum:

The National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf (NAATD) places a high value on teacher practicum experiences as part of their Teacher of the Deaf training. Membership to the NAATD will require graduates to have completed twenty (20) days of teacher practicum experience or equivalent as part of their training program in a range of educational settings. There is an additional requirement that ten (10) of these days of practicum experience be in one consecutive block.

This requirement will be applied to all Teachers of the Deaf seeking membership with a graduation date of 2013 or after.

Teacher of the Deaf Elaborations of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers