Developing your Educational Philosophy Statement

Everything you need to know about writing one. For Home Educators, School Teachers and Tertiary Academics!

In today's busy world of education, preparing for teaching, applying for promotion in academia, or even for home school registration, one thing educators are often required to complete is their Educational or Teaching Philosophy Statement.

HELP! How do I write that? Where do I start? These are questions I frequently get asked.

In this short course, based on the popular face-to-face workshops I deliver, I take you through the what, where, when, how and why of writing your beliefs about teaching and learning!

The course covers the following:

  • Why you should write an Educational Philosophy Statement!When you should write one
  • What an Educational or Teaching Philosophy Statement is
  • The influence of where you practice on your beliefs.
  • How do you put it all together?

The course is broken up into several smaller steps, and should take no more than 2 hours to complete. There are short videos to watch, some readings and activities are included, to help you consider and reflect on what you think about teaching and learning, no matter where you work as an educator.

A BONUS workbook provides you with ample spaces to write your own notes, as I take you through the material. And of course, areas for reflection and responding, and taking your first steps to writing your Educational Philosophy Statement.

On completion, you will walk away with a sound understanding of an Educational Philosophy Statement, have begun to think about what your beliefs are about teaching and learning, and have started to put it all together. Yet, as you will soon learn – this is only the start of what will become a life long journey of philosophizing!

For teachers in Australian schools, the course is linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient levels at Standard 6 (6.1,6.2).

  • The course is fully accredited with the ACT TQI - completion gives you 2 hours of accredited Professional Learning. ACT participant completions are logged with the TQI at the end of each week.
  • All other States - Completing the course will contribute 2 hours of PD addressing the standards as listed from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher registration in other States of Australia.

Your Instructor

Dr. Karin Oerlemans
Dr. Karin Oerlemans

I am passionate about inclusive education, teaching and learning, quality educational practices. My philosophy of education is the belief that all students have the right and ability to learn, and it is the role as educators to promote not only learning, but a lifelong love of learning. And to do so in inclusive environments that authentically models the kind of world we want for our children. This has been the foundation of my own practice. It guides my approach to my work, my research and my life.

I have been working in education since 1987. I have worked as a teacher (K-12), lecturer, teacher educator, professional development coordinator, education researcher, educational/instructional designer, education manager, small business owner, and as a private education consultant.

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Course Curriculum

  Introduction to the course
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  What is an Educational Philosophy Statement?
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  How to write an Educational Philosophy Statement
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  Finally! Your Turn
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
This course has been developed for all educators, whether you are a home educator, a school teacher or a tertiary academic. It is a very practical course that takes you through the process of writing your educational or teaching philosophy statement.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What style of learning is it?
The course uses an adult learning methodology. This means it is practical, focused on what you need to know, self directed, based on real life experiences (my own as a teacher of 20+ years experience) and very relevant to your life as an educator, no matter what your context!
What does the course entail?
The course is made up of 5 short sessions covering the what, where, when, how and why of writing your beliefs about teaching and learning! The full course takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
I am in! How do I enroll?
You enroll in the course by pressing any of the green enroll buttons on the course sales page. You will need to have your credit card ready. Then simply follow the prompts. I look forward to meeting you inside!
I am an Australian, can I use this for my Professional Development?
This course is currently not accredited with any Teacher Registration bodies, but applications are in process. This page will be updated when that happens. However, the course has been developed to meet the APSTs as listed above. Once completed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, which you can use as evidence of your participation. When you log your participation, you may be asked to reflect on your learning of the completed course. This can be cut and pasted from your reflections in the workbook. You can log up to 2 hours + readings.

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