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What is the BALEAP TEAP Fellowship Scheme?

The TEAP Scheme is an individual accreditation scheme that encourages and recognises the continuing professional development of individual BALEAP members. It is portfolio-based and appropriate for all EAP teachers, whether they have 3 months’ experience or 3 decades. There are 3 TEAP pathways: Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow. The Senior Fellow pathway also has an optional component to become a TEAP Mentor & Assessor.

Successful participants in the Scheme need to demonstrate competence in various areas of professional practice. They do so by writing a reflective claim and by building up a portfolio of evidence to support that claim. The competencies were researched by the TEAP Working Party which produced the TEAP Competency Framework 2008. Further information can be found in the BALEAP TEAP Scheme Handbook.

Click here for more TEAP resources.

Benefits of Accreditation

Why do participants in the scheme recommend it?

‘I’ve found the Scheme really motivating and inspirational and a great way to engage in professional development which informs my own practice and raises my awareness and understanding of professional standards. The process has been reassuring, rewarding and confidence-building as I evidence my practice and check off criteria that I have met already’
Emma Stringer, Associate Fellow

‘By giving me impetus and direction, the BALEAP TEAP Scheme is inspiring me to find my place in this discourse community. It’s hard work, but worth it, not so much for the accreditation (though that is a bonus) but for what you discover about yourself and your practice along the way’
Aleks Palanac, Associate Fellow

‘Reflecting on practice gave me a sense of achievement and opened up new avenues of learning which I continue to explore’
Jane Bottomley, Senior Fellow, TEAP Mentor & Assessor

‘Creating a portfolio of evidence was an extremely rewarding process that allowed me to take stock of my current practices and identify areas of expertise. It is also a very practical roadmap, as I now have a much clearer ideas of the next stage of my professional development’
Walter Nowlan, Fellow

‘ I learned a lot about my own teaching practices through doing it… I would certainly recommend the Scheme’

Gerry McLellan, Associate Fellow

BALEAP Fellows

A list of BALEAP accredited Associate Fellows, Fellows and Senior Fellows

TEAP Pathway Quiz

Which pathway is appropriate for you? Perhaps you have thought about the TEAP Scheme, but are not sure whether you would be going for Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow?

Here is a quiz to help you decide!

What next?


Ready to submit?

TEAP applications can be made twice a year, on 30th June and 30th November.

You will need to be a BALEAP member (either individual or covered by an institutional membership) in order to apply, and your membership needs to be active on the website at the point of application. Only members will be able to make payments and submit their portfolio. If you are not sure whether your institution is a member or you have any other questions about membership, please email

When you are ready, and logged in, please click here to access the form to apply for accreditation. You will be prompted to submit your RAPP and to pay the fee, either by card or by direct bank transfer.


Compare the requirements of the BALEAP TEAP Fellowship Scheme with those of the Higher Education Academy.