January 15, 2011

Classes Begin for First Offering of Islamic Teacher Education Program

TORONTO — After years of development and months of marketing, the first offering of the Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) began in January 2011. The program is offered jointly by Razi and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who applied to ITEP,” said Hamzah Moin (Brand Manager, ITEP). “We had to create a waiting list and hope to accommodate these applicants in future offerings.”

The first group of participants features 25 educators from across Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia and UAE. The participates range from recent graduates to principals who have been teaching for 30 years.

“It’s really nice to see this kind of diversity in the program,” said Dr. Nadeem Memon (Director of Education, Razi). “The one thing that is uniting all these educators is their passion to take their teaching practice to a whole new level.”

ITEP is an online teacher training program designed specifically for teachers in Islamic schools. The program explores the principles of Islamic education and their impact on curricula and classroom management. The program is based on Razi’s cutting edge research in Islamic Pedagogy led by Dr. Memon and Mr. Ramzy Ajem (Director of Curriculum Development, Razi).

The program features three modules: Islamic Education: Purpose and Pedagogy, Designing Curriculum for Islamic Schools, and Implementing Islamic Pedagogy in Schools.

The first offering will conclude in December 2011 with successful participants attaining a Professional Learning Certificate from OISE.

About OISE – The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (Institut d'études pédagogiques de l'Ontario de l'Université de Toronto), OISE, is an international leader in initial and continuing teacher education, graduate studies in education, and education research.

About ITEP – The Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is an online professional development program designed specifically for full-time teachers in Islamic schools. The program was developed by Razi in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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