All of the reports, articles, books, and other resources referenced on the Global Teacher Education Website can be found here. All references are listed alphabetically.
University of Maryland College Park
All future teachers take at least one course in child development. These courses provide an opportunity for an examination of child rearing in different cultures and its implications for teaching practice. At the University of Maryland, College Park, international materials and perspectives are being incorporated into a course called “Exploring Teaching in Early Childhood Education.” Resources developed for one section of the course will be available to all faculty in the department who teach related courses.
Internationalization efforts in colleges of education can often be the result of internationalization at the campus level - either in cooporation of or as a directive from a president or provost who understands the importance of the process. The Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education has been supporting campus-wide internationalization efforts for over a decade.
Recruiting permanent and visiting faculty members offers the opportunity to deeply connect faculty and students to global perspectives. Whether these professionals are tenure track or visitors, potential contributions to your campus and community are significant. Leadership and committees play an important role in ensuring that an aptitude for international perspectives is an integral part of any recruitment process.
Recruiting Internationally Minded Faculty
Faculty development in colleges of education is a necessary step to develop a culture within the college that is supportive of internationalization efforts. In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Madeline Green stresses “I tell presidents, if they have any money at all for internationalization, faculty development is the place to put it."
Faculty are key in any change initiative in any discipline, and internationalization of teacher preparation is no exception. Faculty juggle numerous commitments and demands on their time. In order to be encouraged pursue globally focused activities, they need to be incentivized so their efforts pay off and contribute to their long term professional goals. Different options can offer opportunities for staff to pursue these efforts.
College-Based International Centers
Faculty and administrators often turn first to student teaching abroad when considering international experiences for pre-service teachers. Colleges of education, however, have other international options to consider for their students.
Study Abroad and Supplemental Experiences for Pre-Service Teachers
As the flagship of the University system in Maryland, there is a tendency to assume that only big grants and major research projects will help cause new things to happen. In UMD's case, the first grant was just the lever needed to support a major initiative in internationalizing their teacher education programs and to the development of critical infrastructure for realizing widespread internationalization goals.