Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) – an innovation to Curtin School of Education

Teaching is amongst the most challenging professions, and requires a complex mix of knowledge and personal skills. The Teacher Capability Assessment Tool is a web-based tool that has been developed to help us learn about you as you study with us, and over time learn more about the characteristics of effective teacher candidates as they progress through their education and into the classroom.

TCAT asks about your previous experience and your thoughts on teaching. It includes a series of questions covering your literacy and numeracy skills, tests of ability and assessments of your disposition, as well as a range of other questions about you as a student and as a future teacher.

What do I need to do?

  1. Register
  2. You will receive an email from Curtin University School of Education with your TCAT login details. We advise you to complete your registration as soon as possible as it may take up to an additional two (2) business days to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.

    Once you receive your TCAT login details by email, you can proceed to login and change your temporary password to one of your choice. Complete any other registration items. If you need to amend any incorrect details, please contact Hum-edTCAT@curtin.edu.au.

  3. Complete the online assessment.
  4. Login


Accommodations and adjustments

The Curtin University’s School of Education is committed to ensuring that all current and prospective students with disabilities and medical conditions ('disabilities') have equitable and inclusive access to the University's facilities, services, events and courses.

A Personal Curtin Access Plan developed by Disability Adviser with a student can be used to request reasonable adjustments if a disability or impairment is likely to cause difficulty in completing TCAT.

Please contact Hum-edTCAT@curtin.edu.au to discuss reasonable adjustments.

The total estimated time commitment is 70 - 90 minutes.

Have more questions?

Click here to view the frequently asked questions.

Research into good teachers and good teaching

Research into the characteristics of effective teachers is being undertaken by Assoc Prof Janet Clinton and a team of research staff and students at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).

The conduct of the research project has been approved by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee, and your information will be used in accordance with the privacy policy of the University of Melbourne which can be found at: https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1104. Curtin University’s Privacy Statement can be accessed via http://rim.curtin.edu.au/privacy/.

Please note that your responses remain confidential and will not be shared in an identifiable manner at MGSE or Curtin University, and only de-identified data will be used by the research team.

For further information on the research please contact tcat-help@unimelb.edu.au.