On Tuesday, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in King Hussein Business Park on Tuesday to congratulate her team after one of her training programs received international academic accreditation of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Last week, QRTA announced that its Professional Teacher Education Diploma (TEPD), which provides online and in-person training to current teachers, has been accredited by CAEP, the largest such accreditation board in the states. United, making the academy the first educational organization to receive international academic accreditation in Jordan and the third in the Middle East.
In a meeting with QRTA CEO Dr Osama Obeidat and members of the academy’s leadership team, Her Majesty said that CAEP accreditation is a testament to the academy’s competence and caliber. of its TEPD program in service.
âThis achievement did not happen overnight. This comes after a ten-year journey of hard work and constant evolution, âsaid the Queen, adding that QRTA must continue to evaluate its programs in order to monitor their real impact on teachers and students.
TEPD was first launched in 2016 by QRTA as an initial training diploma in cooperation with University College London and the Department of Education. In May 2021, QRTA handed over the Initial Education Diploma to the University of Jordan and three other public universities, making the first such diploma available to future teachers across the country.
QRTA has since left the University of Jordan campus and handed over its building to the university administration, and has developed a continuing version of the TEPD, which it now offers to practicing teachers in Jordan and the region. .
During the meeting, Obeidat explained that the CAEP accreditation process took two years and included the submission of a complete roadmap, rigorous documentation, several interviews and a site visit. QRTA’s in-service TEPD has achieved full accreditation for the next seven years, which is the maximum accreditation period granted by the board.
Her Majesty was briefed on QRTA’s current work, including its introduction of an online and blended teacher education model in light of the pandemic. The team explained their efforts to share their experience in pre-service teacher education with public universities, thus contributing to the successful scale-up of the TEPD pre-service training program.
The meeting also included a summary of QRTA’s recent contributions to the local and regional education industry, such as the academy’s free live webinar series hosted by Jordanian and Arab education experts, totaling 72 sessions and totaling 789,000 views to date.
In September, QRTA also launched a number of open source online courses, attracting 6,105 registered users from Jordan and across the region for courses in topics such as running an online classroom, behavior and innovation in education.
Established in 2009, QRTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering educators with the skills to nurture and lead future generations. It has provided thousands of professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders of public schools, and continues to provide numerous training programs for educators. QRTA also hosts the annual Teacher Skills Forum, with this year’s online version drawing audiences of nearly 7,000 educators from 50 countries around the world.