Internationalizing Teacher Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2010 Colloquium

July 14, 2010

Through internationalization of curriculums and programs in teacher education, colleges of education can foster the formation of teachers with a global vision and global understanding who can contribute to the education of tomorrow's global citizens. 

The resources below were compiled in conjunction with NAFSA's second annual colloquium on internationalizing teacher education that was held at NAFSA's 2010 Annual Conference & Expo in Kansas City, MO. With support from and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Longview Foundation, NAFSA brought together faculty and administrators from colleges of education and interested international educators for discussion of key issues, opportunities, and strategies in the internationalization of teacher education programs and to connect faculty and administrators from colleges of education with the wider international education community.

A number of PowerPoint presentations, posters, and handouts from the colloquium are available.

All links are to PDFs Adobe PDF

Colloquium Program
The two-day program was held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 2-3, 2010. Seventy participants from teacher education programs and supporting organizations heard presentations, examined materials, and participated in discussions and networking opportunities. The full program provides the schedule of events, session titles and descriptions, and the presenters' names and institutions.

Preparing Globally Competent Teachers: A U.S. Perspective
Professor Kenneth Zeichner of the University of Washington offered a thought-provoking keynote address on why it is important to internationalize teacher education programs and what kind of teachers we are seeking to prepare through our efforts.

Using Campus, Community, and Tech Resources to Internationalize Teacher Education
Professor Merry Merryfield of the Ohio State University discussed a variety of strategies and available resources from campus, community, and technology which can assist in internationalizing teacher education. Professor Merrifield also provided a handout on these ideas.

Internationalizing a College of Education: The University of Maryland Case
Professor Jim Greenberg from the University of Maryland provided insight into steps taken at his college to develop comprehensive internationalization. Professor Greenberg's contributions include a PowerPoint, a college newsletter, and posters that were displayed at the colloquium to provide examples of courses that were developed with a global focus, through the college's "GATE" program. The following are a list of posters:

Presenter Biographies
Background on Professors Zeichner, Merryfield, and Greenberg is included, as well as on Professor David Schwartzer, Montclair State University, who provided information on teacher education in Israel, Lena Örnestrand, Linköping University, who discussed teacher education in Sweden, and Inge Steglitz, Michigan State University, colloquium moderator.