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Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach)

I am very chuffed at having been awarded my CSciTeach. Combining all the evidence of what I have been doing in one place gave me quite a boost and is a real incentive to maintain an active CPD life too.
-Nicola Wilberforce, CSciTeach

Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) is a chartered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. Gaining CSciTeach demonstrates your commitment to your profession and can help you to advance your career. We are licensed by the Science Council to award CSciTeach to eligible members. If you are not yet a member of ASE, you can join online.

The Association for Science Education (ASE), as a licensed body of the Science Council, is empowered under the terms of its Royal Charter to award CSciTeach to individuals who meet the requirements. The register of Chartered Science Teachers is a special section of the Science Council’s register of Chartered Scientists (CSci) which underpins the quality and equivalence of the awards. CSciTeach applicants must be active in science teaching and learning in the UK or overseas. This includes teachers in all state and independent schools, colleges and universities, as well as advisers, inspectors, consultants and researchers.

Recommended: CSciTeach - What it means to you? offers a great one-page introduction to the award.

Benefits 

The designation of CSciTeach benefits all those concerned with science teaching as a profession.

For you

  • Provides recognition of your expertise, experience and commitment
  • Provides a framework to support your future career development
  • Provides wider recognition for your skills 
  • Demonstrates your commitment to employers, colleagues and clients
  • Creates a broader community of scientists working across a huge range of sectors and disciplines

For others

CSciTeach is of value to:

  • Employers, who can be confident via CSciTeach of the quality of a prospective employee
  • Government departments seeking to appoint advisers or consultants, which can be assured about the professional practice of an applicant
  • Regulatory Authorities, which can be confident in specifying the designation in Acts of Parliament and regulations
  • Parents, governors and other members of society who can be more confident in the competence of an individual

Criteria

To be eligible to apply for CSciTeach you must have:

  • ASE membership
  • An Honours level qualification, with a minimum of 50% of course content in science
  • Four years experience of teaching science following QTS (or equivalence) including additional responsibilities over the past two years
  • A Masters level qualification in education or be able to demonstrate equivalence through experience
  • Meet the required competence standards and be able to demonstrate your impact on science teaching and learning 

Fees

£95 one-off application fee
£25 annual fee to maintain chartered status. which will be added to your ASE membership renewal

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form (word doc.)
  2. Pay initial application fee online or send payment with your application form
  3. Submit to csciteach@ase.org.uk with copies of your certificates (compulsory)

Your application will be reviewed at the next appropriate Registration Board. You may be asked for additional evidence or clarification at any stage in the application process.

Upcoming deadlines: 

  • 21 September 2015 registrants will be confirmed after the board meets on 3 October 2015
  • 15 February 2016 registrants will be confirmed after the board meets on 27 February 2016

Contact

Please get in touch if you need any help with your application, including informal feedback on your draft application, please contact csciteach@ase.org.uk

Maintaining your chartered status

Chartered Science Teachers are required to continually maintain and update their professional expertise and competence.

Find out more about the CPD Standards and our tips for the annual review.

Renew your Professional Award online, the charge will be visible via this link.

Case Sudies

Alison Wass CSciTeach

"CSciTeach validates what I do and helps me to reflect on my practice. I believe that by making me consider the impact of my work and what has actually influenced me in the world of science, I am becoming a better practitioner – It is never too late! It is also good to feel authenticated!"

Download Alison's Casestudy

Jane Johnstone CSciTeach

"The hardest part for CSciTeach applicants is the need to move away from description of what they have done to analysis of how they have developed from their experiences and what impact the experiences have had on personal and professional development." 

Download Jane's Casestudy

Key Documents

CRST2 General Requirements
CRST3A CSciTeach Application Form
CRST4 Information for applicants
CRST5 Supporter Information
CRST7 Appeals Procedures
CRST8 Code of Conduct
CRST9 Disciplinary
CRST10 Appeals disciplinary
CRST11 CPD Scheme