International Programs

Transatlantic Consortium on Early Childhood Intervention

Rune J. Simeonsson is the U.S. coordinator of the Transatlantic Consortium in Early Childhood Intervention supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Graduate students from universities in the United States,  Germany, Portugal, and Sweden undergo extended study in other countries in the Global Education and Developmental Studies program. The consortium is part of the European Union-United States Atlantis Program, which supports collaborative initiatives to develop programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level for credits and degrees.

The overall purpose of the Transatlantic Consortium is to identify and build on national and international perspectives and understandings about young children, early childhood intervention and education to achieve the goals below. The goals of the Consortium:

  • strengthen practice and policy in early childhood intervention and education
  • expand the research base for early childhood intervention and education
  • prepare students for leadership roles in early childhood intervention and education

The Global Education and Developmental Studies  (GEDS) program builds on an international curriculum in Early Childhood Intervention developed in an earlier phase of the Transatlantic Consortium in Early Childhood Intervention (2001-2005). The current GEDS program, funded for the period , 2008-2013,  has the following objectives:

  1. To develop an innovative, transatlantic model of training in higher education in the form of the GEDS concentration for students in education and related disciplines.
  2. To implement a transatlantic program of study for students through academic work at home and partner universities.
  3. To evaluate the efficacy and added value of the GEDS concentration as an instructional model for training on global issues in education and child development.
  4. To disseminate information on the GEDS concentration model of training, findings on its implementation in student mobility and its potential as a sustainable and flexible form of transatlantic study.