21 November 2013 | EQAF Paper

Working together for quality teacher education in Flanders

Pieter-Jan Van de Velde, Chara Baeyens, Andreas Smets and Maria Weymans


This paper shares the results of the first external assessment of all Flemish post-graduate teacher education programmes, focussing on how cooperation contributes to improved quality. The paper enquires external quality assurance (EQA) in 60 ECTS post-graduate teacher education programmes in Flanders. The 37 programmes offered by universities, university colleges and centres for adult education cooperate within ‘expertise networks’. Main tasks of these networks are developing internal quality assurance (IQA) and preparing for external assessment. 

The external assessment shows an increased attention for quality assurance and more cooperation between educational institutions. Nevertheless, the programmes are still very diverse in focus, scale and quality. A clear division of labour, in combination with intensified cooperation, could contribute to a further increase in quality.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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