For more than ten years, the International Teacher Certificate (ITC) has empowered teachers from across the world to change their schools, themselves, and the lives of their students. The certificate programme follows the philosophical framework of intercultural competence as proposed by UNESCO and the Council of Europe, and explained cogently by Prof. Michael Byram (Durham University), as indicated in the following statements:
- “It is self-evident that relationships between people who a generation ago might have had very little contact, are now commonplace. In the reduced spatial and temporal dimensions of the contemporary world, they need to interact and understand each other on a basis of mutual respect, on a basis of intercultural competence.”” (Byram 2003:13)
- “If at the level of society social cohesion and peaceful coexistence are desirable, a philosophy of intercultural education must be formulated as a vision of desirable future social developments and an educational framework must be derived which helps us to achieve these ends. (Ball 1990, quoted in: Council of Europe 2003:19)
- “In a world experiencing rapid change, and where cultural, political, economic and social upheaval challenges traditional ways of life, education has a major role to play in promoting social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.” (UNESCO 2007:8).
ECIS is grateful for the support of Universidad Camilo José Cela (Madrid), who have worked in partnership with ECIS to develop the content of the new International Teachers Certificate. The 2020 school year will see the introduction of the ITC Diploma, which will allow ITC-qualified practitioners to submit a portfolio of work that will be assessed by our university partner, Universidad Camilo José Cela (Madrid), resulting in credit hours that may be applied toward a Master’s in International Education.
Please note: The ITC is a professional development qualification, not an accredited teacher qualification. We do offer an accredited teacher qualification: click here to learn about (or register for) the teacher qualification programme.