One last section of the NAECTE website to explore with all of you is their links to related organizations. Most of the links are to varying organizations related to teacher education, but the first that caught my eye was one titled “Certification Map.” It took me here.
“Certification Map is a simple guide to receiving teacher certification and clarifies the steps needed to become a teacher in your state.” Since I seem to battling this issue right now and trying to find clear information regarding North Carolina, this seems to be the answer! So North Carolina … But … all the information is for elementary or secondary certification. Which isn’t any help for me figuring out North Carolina’s new Birth to Kindergarten license. I strike out again.
The NAECTE also provides links to a few organizations from other areas of the world including Australia, Canada, and Europe. The organization in Europe is based out of the University of Sweden with the objective “to establish a flexible multilingual transnational forum for the development of teacher education in Europe linking together as many universities and other institutions as possible.” Not only have the connected a great area of Europe they have members in Canada, China, Israel, Cyprus, Hong Kong, and the US. But another strike out, the links to the members do not work.
But then … I think I have found the jackpot in the Early Childhood Australia. Right on their home page “ECA will advocate to ensure quality, social justice, and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years.” This is exactly what we are talking about in my current class! I found a media release from June 2012 stating “Any changes to the funding of childcare should focus on benefiting low and middle income families and on improving the wages and conditions of the people who work in these services.”
Hmmm sounds like what I have been reading these past few weeks about the U.S. I guess in some ways it is nice to hear that all countries are dealing with the same things, but overall it would be wonderful to know there is a place in this world that has it figured out. That there is a country that supports children, values them, and desires the best for them.