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Joint Curriculum in Teacher Education

The partners in this project want to establish a Joint Master in Teacher Education (JoMiTE) for secondary education in September 2010. Therefore it is necessary to develop a common curriculum, where students can follow comparable courses at different universities. The aim of the JoCiTE project is to develop this curriculum and these courses. The project focuses on the theoretical teacher education courses. The organisation of teaching practice by student teachers in different countries will be done in another project. These theoretical courses in teacher education and the teaching practice together will be 60 ECTS. Besides courses focused on teacher education, students will also follow 60 ECTS in the subject itself. That is not part of this project. The first project year will be used to develop the program and most of the courses. The second year will be a pilot year where several student teachers from each partner will do (financed by Erasmus individual mobility program) the courses we will develop. Furthermore in this project year more courses will be developed. The third year will be used for the final pilots and for public relation activities to convince future student teachers to follow the Joint Master in 2010. During these pilots we will evaluate the courses thoroughly to improve these courses and the total curriculum. From the beginning of the project we will invest time in informing policy makers and managers about our project, because all kind of regulations and political issues with regard to teacher education makes it more complex to establish a joint master then for other domains within universities. By informing them, we hope to get commitment of them which will make it easier to start the joint master in 2010. Specific attention will be paid to the differences in regulation regarding to teacher education and examination of student teachers and regarding to cultural differences within the different countries. The curriculum and the objectives of the program should fit and respect to these several regulations and cultures.
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