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Internationalization Survey, Self-Reflection Tool Developed for Deans/Directors of Teacher Education

Have you ever wondered what it takes to develop a teacher education program that prepares teachers to teach for global competence? Or how your own educator preparation unit is progressing in its efforts to internationalize?

If you are a dean/director of teacher education, you can take a survey this summer to find out. AACTE’s Internationalizing Teacher Education Topical Action Group (TAG), Global Teacher Education Inc. (GTEI), and the Longview Foundation have combined resources to create a self-reflection tool that will help teacher education deans and directors assess their own colleges’ internationalization efforts.

While many colleges of education in the United States are internationalizing elements of their programs, this tool provides a framework for an integrated approach to internationalization including institutional support, strategic planning, faculty engagement, curriculum, and student experiences.

This tool has two purposes:

  1. Self-Reflection: Facilitate internal reflection by deans of education or other education administrators responsible for teacher education on their own college/school’s internationalization efforts
  2. Survey: Collect descriptive data to provide a current picture of internationalization efforts at higher education institutions in the United States

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and responses are requested by September 1. Results for individual units will be anonymous. If you are not a dean or director of teacher education at your institution, please forward this information to the appropriate person.

Survey takers with membership in GTEI will have access to a copy of the survey to share with faculty for professional development purposes. Please join at http://beta.globalteachereducation.org. There is no cost to membership.

To take the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTEI_SRT_Internationalization.

Mary Curran is chair of the AACTE Internationalization of Teacher Education Topical Action Group. This survey is supported in part by AACTE TAG funding.

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Mary Curran

Associate Dean of Local-Global Partnerships, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey