About KTC


KTC has Corporate Committees focused on buildings and corporate matters, and Academic committees focused on academic matters.

Vision, Mission and Planning


KTC is recognized in the Pacific region as an institution with excellence in teacher training and professional development.


A recognized institution delivering high quality, inclusive and sustainable teacher training and professional development programs. KTC’s programs are grounded in good leadership and governance with supportive student services.  The courses model effective teaching pedagogies which nurture 21st century classroom teachers and futures-oriented and productive Kiribati citizens


1 KTC provides quality and inclusive education for Kiribati students, and students from neighbouring Pacific Islands (Tuvalu, Nauru, Marshalls)

  1. KTC Pre-service program qualifications are accredited to Bachelor level within seven years 
  2. KTC provides various pathways for teachers to upgrade to Bachelor level within seven years

 4.At least 20% of lecturers have a Masters’ degree within seven years.    

  1. Within two years, KTC IT and digital technologies are current, easily accessible and appropriate for 21st century teachers.

6. Facilities (such as students accommodation, administration and staff offices, and classrooms), and learning resources are upgraded and operational within the next five years  

KTC strategic plan

The current context for KTC for programs, staffing, students and overall governance and infrastructure is contributing to MoE strategic areas. Effective and committed teachers are the backbone of an education system, playing a vital role in facilitating learning outcomes for children. KTC is featured heavily in the ESSP 2020 to 2023 Goal 2 which is about MoE staff having the skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver high quality education services and lead the Education sector into the future. As the sole provider of pre-service and ongoing in-service teacher training for PS and JSS teachers in Kiribati, KTC plays a leading role in developing teacher competence and in achieving the MoE goal

Hence KTC’s strategic plan operates within the MoE Goals 1, 2 and 4:


Goal 1: MoE is strategically, effectively and efficiently supporting the delivery of quality education and other services.
(Strategy 1.3.4: KTC is accredited in keeping with the EQAP regional standards and is delivering accredited qualifications), with output of accreditation status achieved
Goal 2: MoE staff have the skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver high quality education and services and lead the education sector into the future (KTC is the leading division for this Goal in regard to teachers and school leaders), with outputs of 100% preservice graduating with Advanced Diploma; % teachers and leaders upgrading qualifications to meet registration requirements plus 100% attending 40 hours professional development annually)
Goal 4: All school age children in Kiribati have access to a high-quality education


KTC is currently working towards accreditation and meeting quality standards of an institution within the Pacific Quality Assurance Framework (PQAF), with accreditation status to be finalized in 2022.

Standards relate to

Governance and management structure
  • Vision and mission statements that reflect its goals and objectives
  • Recruitment, selection and continuing professional development of its personnel
  • Adequate resources
  • An internal quality assurance system that builds a culture of quality
  • Procedures for the design, development, delivery, assessment and review of its programmes


Various policies guide the operations of KTC, with additional information available by clicking on the relevant link

Assessment and Moderation policy
The assessment and moderation policy provides a framework within which faculties and lecturers design course assessment tasks and grade students’ work. It also provides guidelines on how to deal with students’ issues with regard to assessment
Course Development, Amendment and Approval Policy
This policy document provides a framework that will guide the Kiribati Teachers College Staff and Students to address teaching and learning needs. The aim of this policy is to ensure that courses developed and delivered are of high quality and support the learning needs of teacher trainees, teaching assistants and teachers and leaders undertaking inservice programs
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Policy
The CPD policy provides opportunities for teachers and school leaders to meet Teacher Registration requirements, ensuring that all Kiribati teachers and school leaders remain updated with relevant and innovative best practices and instructional leadership skills to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Credit Transfer policy
The credit transfer policy support all prospective students to KTC being granted status points as appropriate towards KTC awards, based on relevant prior studies, thereby facilitating student mobility between institutions, sectors, the region and internationally; and reducing the College’s exposure to risk with respect to academic standards.
KTC Grievances and Appeals policy
The objective of the policy is to provide timely and transparent feedback to ensure teacher trainees and in-service teachers are assured that any issues raised are dealt with using appropriate and independent processes. Hence, it will promote a healthy mutual relationship between the college, teacher trainees and in-service teachers and improve the success of students.
KTC Staff Training and Professional Development Policy
The goal of this policy is to provide the KTC and MoE with a framework that supports and encourages the development of all the KTC management team, academic lecturers, technical and support staff in line with the Pacific Qualification Framework standards.
KTC Student Support Services Policy
KTC’s Student Support Policy ensures positive orientation to KTC and students having access to information and support relating to relevant program-level requirements, thereby increasing the number and performance of those completing their study programs, through ensuring adequate assistance is available
KTC Physical and Learning Resources Management Policy
The policy aims for lasting protection of the KTC assets in order to maintain KTC’s capacity to achieve its goals in delivering a quality Teacher Education Programme for Primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS) teacher trainees and in-service teachers.

KTC Internship Policy
The objectives of the policy are to equip interns with creative and innovative teaching approaches and strategies to use in single and multi-grade classroom teaching. It is about training students to creatively design, document systematically and use an e-portfolio appropriately to improve learning and teaching encouraging interns to relate theories to real classroom practice and apply those for effective learning and teaching

Teaching and Learning Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines to all teaching staff and support staff of the Kiribati Teachers’ College on the implementation of Teaching and Learning policy so that our teacher trainees, teaching assistants and teachers and leaders undertaking inservice programs are provided with full support and high quality learning experiences
KTC Quality Assurance Policy
The main goal of the policy is to continuously enhance KTC’s overall quality of its institutions, programs and operations and to ensure achieving its vision in meeting the EQAP Pacific Quality Assurance Framework Standards and Guidelines for Institutions and Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Programs and to successfully attaining accreditation by 2023.
Student Progression Policy
The aims of this Policy are to ensure that students have access to information relating to relevant program-level requirements for promotion and progression and academic progress report and are aware of and fully understand the requirements for completing their study program and the consequences for poor performance. The policy aims to improve students’ performance and assist them to complete their study program, while also ensuring there is fairness in the selection of students, progression and decision making should there be discontinuation of study
Staff recruitment and induction policy
This policy is intended to minimize public complaints through ensuring a fair, inclusive and transparent recruitment system that enables selection and retaining of the best and most passionate staff to produce an effective and efficient workforce
Staff Performance Management Policy
The policy serves to set forth the process for helping both faculty and support staff improve their performance and also to address inadequate or inconsistent job performance and provide the steps that the College may take if sufficient improvement does not occur in a timely manner.  It ensures that faculty staff recruited have the proper qualifications and skills required through ongoing observations and feedback.
Student Recruitment and Admissions Policy
The Recruitment and Admissions Policy ensures a fair, inclusive and transparent recruitment system that enables selection of the best and most passionate and committed candidates and minimises public complaints
KTC Monitoring and Evaluation Policy
The KTC Monitoring and Evaluation Policy objectives are about helping the college and other stakeholders to estimate, track and evaluate the impacts of the college programs and activities so decisions on whether they need to be modified can be made, also to determine whether resources are sufficient and effectively used and to enhance the quality of the Advanced Diploma Program so to effectively produce quality and qualified teachers
KTC Research Policy
The Research Policy is intended to improve teacher trainees, in-service teachers and academic lecturers’ research skills and knowledge and encourage action research/research as a tool to inform their planning and improve learning and teaching, boosting research capacity and foster the development of a community of researchers
Teacher Upgrade Pathway Policy
This policy provides details of the various pathways available for teachers and leaders to upgrade their qualifications through accredited courses such as Advanced Diploma of Teaching (Inservice), Advanced Diploma of School Leadership, Graduate Certificate of Teaching (Senior Secondary).
Students’ Training and Scholarship Policy
This policy provides information on preservice training of students processes and the scholarships.
Students Database Management Policy
This policy provides information on management of student information within databases and privacy, data accuracy and confidentiality processes.
Commercialization Policy
This policy is about opportunities which exist at KTC for additional pathways to courses, with payment by individuals who meet relevant criteria.
Students Allowance Policy
This policy is about student allowances which are paid for those students in funded positions and the guidelines which operate.
Students Code of Conduct Policy
This policy concerns expectations of student behaviour and consequences for non compliance.

Accreditation Policy
This policy concerns KTC’s processes and the criteria it needs to meet for gaining accreditation within the Pacific Qualifications Framework
Students’ Outstanding Scholarship & Loan Scheme Policy
Policy relating to scholarship and loans requirements for students
Students & Staff English Language Policy
This policy is about the KTC expectations of staff and students in relation to English language use.

KTC History

KTC has a long history as a teacher training college, operating since 1953. There have been gradual changes in the level of qualification offered, and academic backgrounds of staff and facilities available.

Early Establishment

  • Established in 1953 by Govt of Gilbert and Ellice (now Kiribati and Tuvalu governments)
  • Originally known as Tarawa Teachers’ College (TTC), with less than 10 trainees (4Males, 5 Females)
  • Training at King George V (KGV) secondary; accommodation at school or lecturer homes
  • 1957: Two Kiribati Housing Corporation properties converted into classrooms while new TTC campus built; officially opened in late 1958

Programs of Study and Student enrolments

  • Initially, two -year certificate for Primary school (Teacher Grade Four), with additional one year upgrade program from late 1960s: Certificate in Primary Teaching (Teacher Grade Three)
  • In late 1960, the Catholic Teacher Training Centre (CTTC) merged with TTC increasing the numbers to over thirty
  • Junior Secondary program for 10 trainees initially from 1997 (following 1993-1995 establishment of three JSS schools on South Tarawa, plus one northern island, one southern island)
  • Diploma in Primary Teaching from 2000 for preservice trainees (replacing Certificate),
  • Diploma in JSS Teaching commenced in 2008
  • Advanced Diploma in Teaching (Primary) (JSS) from 2019, with 30 of previous Diploma group undertaking additional studies for Advanced Diploma (and 14 of the pre 2019 enrolled cohort graduating with Diploma)
  • The first cohort of 29 Advanced Diploma students graduated in 2020, representing graduates since program commencement
  • Current 2021 student enrolments are:

Advanced Diploma Teaching Primary Pre-Service and Advanced Diploma Teaching Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)

  • Since 2018, gradual introduction of other programs of study for experienced teachers, school leaders and lecturing staff at request of MoE and with commencement of teacher registration setting minimum requirement as Advanced Diploma (for primary and JSS), and Bachelor/Teaching Certificate for Senior Secondary teachers, with Advanced Diploma in Teaching In-service, Advanced Diploma in School Leadership, Advanced Diploma in Teaching Tertiary and Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Senior Secondary). One person has graduated from the Advanced Diploma in School Leadership.


  • Early establishment staffing involved expatriate staff with Bachelor level qualifications, and a few local staff with Certificate in Education
  • 1990s generally involved around thirty staff, out of which were 20 lecturers mostly with Primary Certificate or Diploma in Primary Teaching qualifications and a few with Bachelor’s Degree qualifications
  • During 2000 onwards, with the introduction of Diploma in Primary Teaching and then Diploma in JSS Teaching, there has been an increase in the number of lecturers and their qualifications, initially in 2000 with around staff, mostly with Bachelor’s level qualifications, and continue increasing in 2008 with 38 staff, with qualifications
  • From 2018 with the Advanced Diploma programs, there has been an increase in staff with 43 staff in 2021, out of which there are 26 lecturers, mostly with Bachelor’s degree qualifications, a few with Post Graduate and Master in Education


  • From initial buildings and campus, significant work has occurred including the construction of new classrooms in early 1970s, new residential buildings in 1986 to 1987, replacing the old double storey dormitory built in late 1960s
  • A new staff room was constructed in 2012, the Learning Hub in 2019 and a new eight-unit classroom and lecture rooms in 2020.

Learning Hub

KTC’s Learning Hub facilities include computer lab, conference room and students lounge which generally must be booked via help@ktc.edu.ki. This means that in order to book your room, you are required to send an email to help@ktc.edu.ki with details (reason, group name, and time) of your booking. Bookings should be made in advance, 24 hours or more ahead.

Learning Hub Opening Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri opens from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesdays opens from 8:00 am to 4: 00 pm
Saturdays Opens from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Terms and Conditions

⦁ Priority will be given to KTC Students and Lecturers
⦁ Rooms may be booked Mon-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-4pm; they are available on a first-come, first-served basis during all other times
⦁ If you are more than 10 minutes late to your reservation, your room can be given to someone else
⦁ Thank you for vacating promptly if there is a reservation immediately following yours
⦁ If you do not have a reservation, you must vacate the room if someone with reservations arrives
⦁ Users must return all furniture, books and other items to their original locations
⦁ No indoor furniture may be taken outside
⦁ Please speak in English at all times
⦁ No eating and drinking