Teacher Education

The teacher/tutor, instructor education  and training department has a cross-cutting function that serves the need of  all Technical/ Vocational needs of the Ministry of Education & Sports. The  department is responsible for the training of: 

  • Teachers of primary and secondary schools 
  • Tutors of Primary Teachers' Colleges &  Health training institutions
  • Instructors of Technical Training institutions 
  • Lectures for specialized training institutions  including National Teachers' Colleges, Colleges of Commerce and Technical  Colleges among others.

The mission of the  department is:
    "To provide support, guide, coordinate, regulate and promote quality  teacher, tutor and instructor education for production of adequate, competent  and ethical teachers, tutors and instructors".

TIET is mainly  responsible for policy, control and maintenance standards through control of  teacher education curriculum program activities and examinations (The Education  and Sports sector Annual Performance report, 2011). This arrangement enhances  flexibility, transparency and accountability and allows Teacher / Tutor,  Instructor college administrators to contextualize policies and information  from the centre for effective implementation.

  The specific  objectives of The Teacher/Tutor, Instructor Education & Training Department  is to: 

  • Make Teacher/Tutor, Instructor Education &  Training responsive to the needs of the education sector by ensuring that  Teachers/Tutors and Instructors are available in adequate numbers and of the  right caliber and quality.
  • Make the Teacher/Tutor, Instructor preparation  environment conducive to promote quality, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Develop in teachers, Tutors and Instructors the  attitude and qualities needed for participation in techno-cultural environment;  ability to teach, instruct and educate others; an awareness of the principals  that govern orderly human relations within and across national boundaries; a  sense of responsibility to contribute both by teaching and example to social,  cultural and economic progress; and by acquiring through training skills  relevant to the provision of an enabling learning environment for  pupils/students/trainees.
  • Improve the quality of the staff for the  Teacher/Tutor, Instructor Education sub-sector.
  • Strengthen the Teacher/Tutor, Instructor colleges'  staff, primary, secondary and technical school teachers and head teachers,  instructors and head instructors, health tutors and Principals of Health  training schools, Governing Councils, School Management Committees and Boards  of Governors support system.

TIET department has three  divisions; Pre-primary and Primary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher  Education and Instructor and Tutor divisions. The department is headed by a Commissioner  who is responsible for all teacher development programs, including in-service  and pre-service training. Each division is headed by an Assistant Commissioner.  The structure of the department is as presented below:

Key outputs of the  TIET department. 

  • Appropriate policies, plans and guidelines in  respect of Teacher/Tutor & Instructor education 
  • Adequate and well trained Teachers/Tutors &  Instructors 
  • Effective and efficient organization and  management of teacher education institutions and training colleges 
  • Timely advice on resource requirements for  Teacher, Tutor & Instructor education.


News from TIET
Is teaching a profession? What makes a teacher professional? Can teaching ever revive the esteem and glory in which this vocation was held in years gone by? And the lamentations go on... until now! Under the wise leadership of the Ministry of Education and Sports top management, TIET department is in the final stages of steering the National teacher Policy, the first comprehensive policy that deals with teacher issues in Uganda, through all MoES approval processes before submission to Cabinet. Download full document below to read more.