I am an early childhood teacher educator at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN – USA . Students can earn their BA and qualify for the Birth to 8 license or add a pre-primary endorsement (pre-school) to their elementary education (K-6) license.
As I was working on my dissertation, I came across articles from early childhood researchers around the world. Many things they wrote about caught my attention. For example…
- In Iceland, a law was passed in 2009 that all teachers must be licensed at the masters level – this includes their pre-k teachers.
- At Queen Maud University there are 1200 students all studying early childhood education – from countries around the world.
- In Dublin they have created an International Early Childhood Research Center.
- Roehampton University in London is the home of the Froebel College
I have an amazing opportunity to visit these programs.
Thank you Bethel University for your support of faculty sabbaticals!