Joint Master in Teacher Education
Universities throughout Europe started the JoMiTE initiative, to establish a joint master in teacher education. The partners (teacher education institutions and schools that are hosts for student teachers) who support this initiative find it important that student teachers will do part of their teaching practice and teacher education course in other countries. We expect this will increase the cultural awareness of students, improve their social and cultural competences and increase their knowledge about different pedagogies and educational methods. This is however rather complicated. Every country has its own regulations around teacher education and especially about doing practicing teaching by student teachers. Also the required competence differ between (and sometimes even within) countries. Furthermore, teacher education institutions have different visions about teacher education. The different countries have all their own educational and cultural history, which is of influence on teacher education and on what happens in schools. We think these differences are interesting for student teachers and the teacher education institutions and schools itself. All can learn from these cultural and educational differences and can adopt the good practices from the different partners and countries. The partners want to establish a joint master in teacher education from September 2010.