Methodology and Pedagogy Centre
(Institution for in Service Teachers’ Education and Training)
State budgetary organization of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
MPC as a Provider of Continual Education of Teachers
Methodology and Pedagogy Centre (MPC) is an organization set up for the provision and fulfilment of tasks within the area of continual education and reporting directly to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic: www.minedu.sk
Methodology and Pedagogy Centre (MPC) as a unified organization of continual education of teachers covers whole Slovak Republic. MPC with effect from 01.01.2011 consists of the Directorate - General settled in Ševčenkova11, Bratislava, Regional Offices in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Prešov and allocated offices in Trnava, Nitra, Žilina, Trenčín, Košice.
Law No. 245/2008 on education (school law) (in effect from 1st September 2008)
Law No. 317/2009 on pedagogical employees and professional employees (in effect from 1st November 2009)
Slovakia has been carrying out systematic changes in the area of education since 2008.
Institutions of Continual Education in connection with the needs of information society offer educational programmes for teachers for development of their professional competencies in accordance with school reforms.
The Methodology and Pedagogy Centre (MPC) takes active part in the process of educational transformation. MPC prepares educational programmes for pre-school, primary and secondary /schools. An important part of this process is arrangements of conditions inevitable for professional performance of those who deliver education to teachers.
MPC Directorate – General
Ševčenkova11, 850 05 Bratislava
Mgr. Danka Kapucianová
850 05 Bratislava
tel.: +421 2 48 20 94 11
fax: +421 2 43 33 59 46
- provides continual education for pedagogical employees and professional employees in schools and school facilities and prepares school leadership
- provides expert methodological activities in the area of continual education of pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff
- carries out research activities in the field of continual education of pedagogical and non pedagogical staff
MPC is carrying out 2 main ESF national projects:
Pre - school teachers educational programme as a part of national reform of education
Project ITMS 26140130017 and 26110130087
Date of start: 04/2009
Date of finish: 04/2013
The goal of the national project is to implement education reform into pre-schools and develop effective system of continual education of pre-school teachers.
Professional and career development of pedagogical employees (teachers)
Project ITMS 26120130002 and 26140230002
Date of start: 15.10.2009
Date of finish: 14.10.2013
The goal of the national project is create and develop effective system of continual education for pedagogical employees and professional employees in accordance with Law No. 317/2009 on pedagogical employees and professional employees.
Types of Continual Education in accordance with Law No. 317/2009 on pedagogical employees and professional employees
- Adaptation Courses
- Actualization Courses
- Innovation Courses
- Specialization Courses
- School Leadership Courses
- Qualification Courses
The goal of Adaptation Courses is to provide starting teachers and professional employees with necessary professional competencies in order to enable them to perform duties of independent teachers and professional employees as it was not possible for them to achieve during initial teachers or VET training.
Adaptation Courses under the mentorship of a teacher last from 3 months to a year.
The goal of Actualization Courses is maintenance of professional competencies necessary for performance of standard teachers’ activities, or standard professional employees ’ activities, or as a part of preparation for attestation examinations.
Actualization Courses last for 20 – 60 academic hours through a period of maximally 10 months.
The goal of Innovation Courses is further improvement of professional competencies necessary for performance of standard teachers’ activities, or standard professional employees’ activities, or as a part of preparation for attestation examinations.
Innovation Courses last from 60 – 110 academic hours through a period of maximally 12 months.
The goal of Specialization Courses is to provide pedagogical staff and professional employees with professional competencies necessary for performance of their specialized activities.
Specialization Courses for pedagogical staff last from 100 to 160 academic hours over a maximum period of 18 months. Specialization Courses for professional employees last from 100 – 400 academic hours over a period from 18 – 48 months, depending on the type.
School Leadership Courses
The goal of School Leadership Courses for pedagogical staff and professional employees is to provide professional competencies necessary for performance of their management duties.
School Leadership Courses last from 160 – 200 academic hours through 24 months. School Leadership Courses can also be studied as a part of a blended learning package where attendance of at least 100 academic hours is a must.
The goal of Qualification Courses is to provide pedagogical staff with professional competencies in order to fulfil qualification requirements for teaching of an additional or vocational subject.
Qualification Courses last for at least 200 academic hours over a period maximally 36 months.
Accreditation is a process of state – approval of programmes of continual education for teachers granted on the basis of careful consideration of their aims, content, length, assessment and lecturers.
The Credit System is a set of rules created for allocation of credits awarded through completion of educational programmes.
The number of credits depends on the number of taken hours related to a certain educational programme and on the method of assessment.
First attestation is focused on putting into practice creative pedagogical experience based on expert solution of methodological problems pedagogical or professional nature.
Information regarding individual educational programmes offered by the MPC can be found on the website or are provided through invitations to seminars.
To take part in the programmes offered by the MPC applicants from among pedagogical staff and professional employees may apply at the following address: www.mpc-edu.sk