In some parts of the world (especially in the United States, the Netherlands, and Flanders) specific standards of professional practice have been developed.
These establish the range of skills that a member of the teacher educator profession is expected to distribute, as well as attitudes, values, and behaviors that are considered acceptable to be a member of the profession.
It is expected that the profession of teacher educators will be able to deploy, as well as attitudes, values and behaviors deemed acceptable to the profession.
Scope of Teacher Education: Teacher education mainly focused the following three areas.
- Teacher education at different levels of education.
- Triangular basis of teacher education.
- Pedagogical aspects of teacher education
As pedagogy is discussed in the entire course, so our focus here will be levels of
education and triangular basis of teacher education.
Teacher Education at different levels of Education
Teacher training reaches teachers at all levels of education, i.e, pre-primary, primary, primary, secondary, upper secondary, and tertiary.
The needs and needs of students and education vary at every level. Therefore, teacher preparation for level and phase is essential.
Teacher training also helps to develop teaching skills in professors of professional institutions. Teachers in professional institutions only have theoretical and practical knowledge of their respective subjects. They require specialized input for teacher training to address students entering their professions.
Teacher education also teaches special education and physical education. Therefore, where there are teachers, there would be teacher training.
The knowledge base is adequately specialized and diversified at different stages, in order to develop effective preparation processes for beginning teachers for the functions that the teacher should perform at each stage.
Triangular Basis of Teacher Education:
The construction of the relevant knowledge base for each level of the training requires a high degree of academic and intellectual understanding of the subject related to teacher training at each level.
This implies the selection of theoretical knowledge from disciplines related to education, namely psychology, sociology and philosophy, and their conversion into appropriate forms for teacher training. Teacher training derives its content from the disciplines of Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology. These disciplines provide the basis for a better understanding and application of teacher education.
- The philosophical basis provides information to students about the implications of
the different schools of philosophy, the ancient and modern philosophical thoughts,
the educational thoughts of philosophical thinkers on education and its various aspects, such as the construction of the plan of study and discipline.
- The psychological basis helps students to develop ideas on the psychological
composition of students. This allows students’ teachers to understand themselves, their students and learning situations so that they can offer their students meaningful and relevant learning experiences.