EOS Romania Foundation in partnership with Certipro Education and Microsoft Romania, successfully launched the Microsoft Certified Educator program, with the aim to support teachers in Romania to develop their digital competences and abilities.
Because students get inspired by dedicated teachers, Microsoft Romania Education team took another significant step towards supporting the teacher community with one of the most exciting resources: the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) program.
The MCE certification has been officially recognized by the Romanian Ministry of Education as equivalent to 15 professional credits towards teacher’s compulsory continuing professional development. MCE certification is recommended for pre-university teachers, students preparing to become teachers, teachers in the stage of initial or continuing training, educational counselors and other professionals in the field of education who want to certify their skills. MCE certified teachers can prove that they have the skills to provide students with rich, personalized learning experiences that include the essential skills needed in the 21st century.
This certification was possible due to a strong alignment with EOS Romania Foundation, which has localised and published the 21st Century Learning Design Methodological Guide, and Certipro Education, which has worked hard for months to achieve a well-structured localised certification for teachers – the Technology Literacy for Educators. The guidebook was also mapped to the European Commission’s Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu).
“Microsoft Certified Educator provides teachers with globally recognized certification and validates their knowledge of integrating technology into the learning process. As a training provider for teachers, EOS Foundation has developed the study material for this certification and supports teachers in obtaining a truly important credential in the 21st century digital education”, says Laurentiu Bunescu, Head of Digital Education Programmes at EOS Romania Foundation.
The launch of the MCE program was hosted under the SMART Edu project – the new digital education strategy which is being developed by the Ministry of Education in Romania.
To date, over 1,000 teachers have already taken the Microsoft Certified Educator with many more teachers signing up for the program every day. It is important to mention that the success of this course is due to the fact that it is one of the very few resources in the Romanian language that tackles the pedagogy of using technology when teaching in the classroom or remotely.