The Prize is open to all professionally trained tutors currently working at the colleges of education (both public and private) and have been teaching in a College of Education for at least five (5) years.

Selection Criteria
Applications for the Ghana Teacher Prize (College Tutor Category) will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria to select a tutor who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. The final judging committee will look for evidence of:

1. Recognition of a tutor’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from learners’/students’ appraisals, colleagues, principals, heads of departments, head teachers of partner schools (teaching practice schools) or members of the wider community. For example, through local/national awards and certificates.

2. Employing effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable. For example, through the innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques that can be replicated in other classrooms.

3. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom/course. For example, through the improvement of students’ grades, students’ attendance/behavior in college, Supported Teaching in Schools (STS), community of practice; students becoming achievers in the world of work.

4. Ensuring learners receive value-based education that promotes global citizenship (different religions, gender, cultural diversity and nationalities, linking up with teacher education institutions/schools in other parts of the community/country/international, promoting exchange programmes, excursions).

5. Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others.
For example, recognition through the media (e.g. contribute to debates or talk-shows), partner schools, community/religious activities, roles or awards, talks (e.g. speech days, open days, durbars, etc.), seminars; membership of local organizations. How do you bring the community into your classroom?

6. Contributing to teaching and the teaching profession through Public debates, research activities, publications, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events, seminars or conferences.

7. Professional Competence: This category of assessment includes academic/professional qualifications (i.e., M. Ed; preferably M. Phil and beyond in the relevant subject area/course with at least a diploma in education or Post Graduate Diploma in Education), participation in workshops and seminars, provision of in-service training and evidence of quality delivery of service (e.g. attendance at Professional Development Sessions (PDS), certificates of participation, invitation letters, etc.).

8. Professional Knowledge: This include knowledge about educational policies and reforms, curricula, National Teachers’ Standards (NTS), demonstration of subject knowledge/mastery, etc.

9. Personal Factor: This includes the social, moral, emotional, positive manifestations and role modeling (e.g. staff, students and community can attest to the tutor’s personal life as positive).

10. A teaching portfolio (e.g. Letters of recommendation, CPD certificates, invitation letters for In-Service training, verifiable students’ appraisals, promotion letters, products/artefacts/ inventions etc.)

Based on the above criteria, nomination of tutors can be by any one of the following:
i. The applicant
ii. Head of institution
iii. Colleague staff,
iv. Students,
v. Alumni,
vi. Traditional/religious leaders
vii. Union