The EU Education Ministers adopted Council conclusions on “European teachers and trainers for the future”. The conclusions invite member states to undertake a number of measures related to developing the competences of teachers and trainers, promoting their participation in continuous professional development, promoting their mobility and involving them in future policy design.

The Council conclusions emphasise also that cross-border mobility of student teachers, either as short or longer-term, physical, virtual or blended, is a powerful learning experience and a valuable opportunity in developing participants’ social, intercultural, multilingual and interpersonal competences.

At the same time, there are obstacles and challenges impeding the mobility of students, such as a lack of language competences and the recognition of mobility periods abroad and learning outcomes. In comparison to other study programmes, education programmes for teachers often display a weak international dimension and a low level of study mobility.

The conclusions also invite the EU Commission to continue supporting the development of education and training opportunities for teachers as well as their mobility.

Proposals for the internationalisation of teacher education

  • Member states shall make further efforts to promote mobility among students teachers and remove persisting obstacles. In this respect, they shall encourage higher education institutions to fully harness the potential of mobility as part of their learning offer (e.g. by mobility windows in study programmes).
  • In cooperation with member states, the EU Commission shall foster a dialogue and examine obstacles (inlcuding recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad and academic qualifications), and provide guidance to education and training institutions to improve mobility and to broaden the international perspective of student teachers and trainers.
  • The possibility to prepare a proposal for a European competence framework to foster development and assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes related to sustainable development (to be used on a voluntary basis) shall be explored.
  • The Commission shall support closer cooperation between education and training institutions in the EU in order to support cross-border mobility and joint learning opportunities (e.g. by European teacher training academies).
  • The EU Commission shall promote the use of online platforms (e.g. e-Twinning, School Education Gateway and EPALE) to facilitate the mobility of students teachers, e.g. by finding partners for mobility projects and by providing a platform for the preparation and follow-up of mobility.
  • The development of education and training opportunities as well as their mobility shall be supported by the Erasmus+ programme and the European Social Fund.
  • The Commission shall take full account of these conclusions when developing proposals for the European Education Area and the new strategic framework for cooperation in education and training.

Online Event on Internationalising Teacher Education

The DAAD and its Norwegian partner Diku organised a two-part online conference on 9 and 10 June on the role of virtual exchange for the internationalisation of teacher education. The Croatian EU Council Presidency presented its Council conclusions.
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