Global framework of professional teaching standards

Jointly developed by Education International and UNESCO

published 4 November 2019 updated 14 May 2024

The joint Education International/ UNESCO framework on the development of professional teaching standards aims to improve teacher quality, teaching and learning, as well as support the implementation and monitoring of the teacher target in the Education 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4).

The 8th World Congress of Education International (EI) held in Bangkok in July 2019 passed a resolution supporting the implementation of this joint EI/UNESCO framework on the development of professional teaching standards where it was made crystal clear that teachers and their unions must be at the centre of the process, working with governments and other education stakeholders. This is in line with the spirit of the Education 2030 Framework for Action which calls for the full participation of teachers and their representative organisations in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education policy. This is not just important for educators, it is essential for students and their learning.