ETUCE is engaged to improve the quality of teaching by advocating high quality and innovative teacher education and raising standards of teaching, especially through extending the pedagogic use of ICT.
ETUCE advocates for the improvement of initial education, induction phase and professional development of teachers, review the respective EU policies . ETUCE follows up EU policies on teacher educators.
Learning and working mobility of teachers is essential therefore, we continue examining and influencing the revision of the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications to ensure free movement of teachers in the EU.
Teacher education is a topic in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Education.
ETUCE advocates the need to improve teachers' competences in initial teacher education and in continuous professional education.
- ETUCE position on Council Conclusions on effective teacher education
- ETUCE Resolution on the Teaching Profession, adopted by ETUCE member organisations in 2012 underlines that all teachers should have access to integrated high quality initial education, high quality induction and continuous professional development throughout their careers.
- ETUCE survey - The continued impact of the crisis on teachers in Europe (2013) includes information about further cuts on teacher education.
- ETUCE made surveys to prove the negative effect of the crisis on teaching profession and teacher education. Analysis of a mini-survey on the impact of the economic crisis on teacher education in the European Union (2012) The survey investigate the effect of the economic and financial crisis on teacher education in three fields: initial education of teachers, induction phase of teachers, professional development of teacher.
- ETUCE is member in several high-level working groups of the European Commission. ETUCE has been a member of the Open Method of Coordination Working Group on Professional Development of Teachers (2012-2014), and it is a member of Open Method of Coordination Working Group on School policy – Teacher education (2014-2016).