Teaching profession career ladder programme in Turkey: implementation, outcomes and challenges

Cil E., Cepni S., Besken-Ergisi M.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION, vol.37, no.2, pp.237-258, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02619768.2014.882307
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.237-258
  • Keywords: continuous professional development (CPD), teachers, career ladder, in-service training, TEACHERS, ENGLAND, POLICY
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Turkey has implemented various programmes to increase the quality of in-service training for K-12 teachers with varying success. One of the most recent state-wide implementations of these programmes is the Teaching Profession Career Ladder Programme (TPCLP) that was put into practice in 2005. This study investigates teachers' views related to the implementation of the TPCLP. A detailed account of the application process and teachers' views towards the implementation will generate suggestions to raise the effectiveness of the implementation. Data were collected through semi-structured in-depth interviews. Analysis of data revealed that teachers hold direct intensive criticism towards many criteria of the TPCLP, particularly the examination. Furthermore, they have mixed perspectives as to whether the programme is effective. This study shows that career ladder implementation failed to contribute to continuous professional development of teachers and the quality of the education process in K-12 schools.