ITC

Please note: The International Teacher Certificate is under review and due to be relaunched in January 2019. Please look out for further announcements.

International Teacher Certificate

Your Key to Globally Competent Graduates
Graduating competent 'global citizens' from our schools represents a profound way to move an educational institution – and society -- forward. The ECIS International Teacher Certificate helps teachers to develop their skills and deepen their knowledge around the intersection of intercultural awareness and global competence, empowering them not only to support students in becoming global changemakers, but to serve as catalysts of school-wide culture change, as well.
Our Curricular Framework
The International Teacher Certificate (ITC) comprises four courses, which can be completed over a two-year period. Each course is framed by one or more essential questions, and follows a methodology of inquiry around dimensions of global competence (knowledge, understanding, and skills and attitudes), led by an expert facilitator. All courses share a common pedagogical model in which participants engage in active learning experiences, protocols and structures that foster thinking and equitable participation and provide multiple opportunities to develop global competencies.
ECIS follows the definition of global competence as proposed by the OECD: "the capacity to analyse global and intercultural issues critically and from multiple perspectives, to understand how differences affect perceptions, judgments, and ideas of self and others, and to engage in open, appropriate, and effective interactions with others from different backgrounds on the basis of a shared respect for human dignity.
The global competencies promoted by the certificate fulfil five standards established by ECIS:
  1. The globally-competent teacher is familiar with the characteristics of education in an intercultural context.
  2. The globally-competent teacher is familiar with a wide variety of strategies and methods for teaching culturally diverse students. The globally-competent teacher has an awareness of a variety of curricula in use in today's international and internationally-minded schools.
  3. The globally-competent teacher understands how to facilitate a learning environment that meets the needs of students using an additional language, and recognises the need to support the development of mother-tongue literacy.
  4. The globally-competent teacher recognises the challenges and opportunities of teaching a transient or mobile student population.
  5. The globally-competent teacher is a reflective practitioner.

The certificate, which has undergone a recent renovation, will re-launch in Autmun 2018. Dates and locations to be listed here and on our calendar.

Course 1 – Education in a Global Context

Competence(s): INTERCULTURAL KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING | ATTITUDES

How do we integrate intercultural competence in a classroom setting? Working off the Intercultural Development Inventory, and complemented by selected ‘critical incidents’ case studies, the globally-competent teacher learns to recognise, understand, communicate, and work effectively across cultures in his/her classroom. Portfolio activity: teachers will design an intercultural learner profile document for classroom use.

Course 2 – Teaching Competencies for the Globally-Competent Educator

Competence(s): SKILLS

What does globally competent instruction look like? Globally competent teachers learn to differentiate instruction and assessment in order to accommodate the needs of diverse learners. Teachers help students to become academically successful, proactive, responsible, and caring global citizens. Portfolio activity: teachers will design a sample lesson plan to be included in their assessment portfolio.

Course 3 – The Language Dimension

Competence(s): INTERCULTURAL KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING | SKILLS | ATTITUDES

How might we understand multilingualism as well as English as an Additional Language, and therefore the impact of language on pedagogy? Teachers learn to facilitate a learning environment that meets the linguistic and cultural needs of each student immersed in mainstream classes without diminishing the student’s respect for his or her own culture and language. Portfolio activity: teachers will design a formative assessment for their classroom which empowers students with regards to multilingualism or English as an Additional Language.

Course 4 – Student Transition and Mobility

Competence(s): INTERCULTURAL KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING | SKILLS

How does student transition relate to performance in school and in social groups associated with school? Teachers learn to empathise with and guide students and families on social and academic issues that affect transient members of an internationally-minded school community. Portfolio activity: teachers will design an entry plan/experience for a new student from a different culture.
Please note: The International Teacher Certificate is under review and due to be relaunched in January 2019. Please look out for further announcements.

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