Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Teacher Competency Framework for Southeast Asia

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Teacher Competency Framework for Southeast Asia (SEA) has been published by UNESCO Bangkok and is now accessible through their website. The framework development project is part of a larger undertaking by UNESCO Bangkok on “ECCE Teacher Development in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States”, which is supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The framework highlights the competencies needed of ECCE teachers and practitioners in Southeast Asia, and suggests ways on how they can be better in their profession. 

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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of Education (UNESCO Bangkok) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat teamed up to develop the said framework. SEAMEO INNOTECH, through its Educational Research and Innovation Office, helped develop the said framework through a thorough review of literature, a validation survey, and experts’ workshops conducted in 2017. 

The framework suggests that teachers and practitioners teaching children aged 3-5 years across different pre-primary settings should be able to demonstrate competencies across four domains: (1) content knowledge, pedagogic practice, and assessment, (2) the learning environment, (3) engagement and collaboration, and (4) professional development. Within the four broad competency domains are a set of seven core or general competencies related to ECCE teachers’ general areas of responsibility, and supporting or enabling competencies, or specific tasks/ knowledge that ECCE teachers should be able to perform or demonstrate to support each general competency.  

This competency framework aims to enhance the professionalization and capacity development of ECCE teachers and practitioners in the region. Developed with the unique Southeast Asian context in mind, the framework can be used by a range of ECCE stakeholders such as teachers and those responsible for ECCE professional development including teacher education institutions, higher education institutions, and human resource departments of government and other development agencies. 

Download the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Teacher Competency Framework for Southeast Asia (SEA) for free on the UNESCO Bangkok website. 

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