Education Development Centre (EDC) is the biggest institution affiliate to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. EDC participates in national policy making and high quality implementation in the field of general education and informal children and adult education.
EDC staff consists of more than 100 professionals in education: primary, lower and upper secondary education and informal education experts.
We actively aim:
- to form general education curriculum, which corresponds to the needs of society;
- to initiate, create and implement innovations in education;
- to implement in-service teacher training programmes and execute accreditation of education institutions;
- to initiate and implement necessary quality assurance activities in general and informal education.
Over the years we have accumulated experience in these fields of expertise:
- education content: preparation and implementation of regulatory documents for general education content; preparation of methodological materials for curriculum implementation;
- education content implementation and organization: preparation and implementation of in-service teacher and school head training programmes; organization of educational innovation implementation;
- informal education: initiation, implementation and dissemination of informal education innovations; networks of universal multifunctional centres;
- in-service teacher training: expert evaluation and accreditation of teacher and school head training programmes; external evaluation and accreditation of institutions implementing teacher and school management training programmes; evaluation of teacher and school management practical performance;
- performance analysis and quality assurance: organization and coordination of expert evaluation of textbooks and other teaching/learning tools and methodological publications for general education.
initiate, participate and implement national and international
Selected national projects
Development of the Key Competencies in Basic School (grades 5–8)
Providing Wider Possibilities for Choosing a Learning Pathway by Students aged 14–19, Phase II: Deeper Learning Differentiation and Individualization for Ensuring Education Quality Demanded by the Modern Labor World
Dissemination Model of Curriculum Innovations
Creative Partnerships Development of Creativity in General Education Schools of Lithuania by Applying and Implementing the Model of Creative Partnerships
Development of Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Rural Areas (2nd phase)
Development of Elective Children’s Education Funding Model and its Testing in Municipalities
Development In-service Training and Retraining of Teachers‘ (Phase II)
Development In-service Training and Retraining of Teachers‘ (Phase III)
Development and Introduction of the System Enhancing the Technological Competencies of Vocational Teachers and Lecturers
Selected international projectsBebras
Innovative Teacher – Motivated Student: Collaborative Problem Solving
Media and Information Literacy Education
We successfully collaborate with teachers of all Subject Associations and social partners.
Education Development Centre (EDC) was established on the 1st of September in 2009 after the reorganization of Teacher Professional Development Center (TPDC), Education Development Centre (EDC), Teacher Competence Centre (TCC), Lithuanian Adult Education and Information Centre (LAEIC) and is the largest institution under the direct authority of the Ministry of Education and Science.
In 1945 the Republican Pedagogical Cabinet at the Ministry of Education was founded. In 1950 the cabinet was transformed into Republican Teacher Qualification Improvement Institute which had the main function of teacher qualification improvement and teacher training. In 1990 after the independence of our country was restored, the institute was rearranged into Lithuanian In-Service Teacher Training Institute. In 1999 the institute reorganized into Teacher Professional Development Centre (TPDC). The main goals of this institute were: dissemination of education reform ideas and innovations, implementation of strategic in-service training projects and programmes, preparation of consultants for regions, organization and coordination of methodological activity, preparation of methodological tools for teachers.
In 1958 the Scientific School Research Institute was established which was reorganized into Pedagogical Scientific Research Institute and later into Institute of Pedagogy. In 1991 Education Development Centre was established after the restructuring of the Institute of Pedagogy. The main EDC tasks were: the preparation and introduction of the documents which determine the curriculum and methodological material for teachers, organization and implementation of education system monitoring, preparation of education development models.
In 2003 Teacher Competence Centre (TCC) was established. This institution organized the supervision of in-service teacher training quality, accreditation of in-service teacher training institutions and their programmes, and provision of methodological support. TCC had been coordinating the attestation of pedagogues and school administrators, implementing expert in-service teacher training evaluation and participating in expertise of teacher training programmes.
In 2005 after the reorganization of Distance (Extramural) Education Centre, Lithuanian Adult Education and Information Centre (LAEIC) started its activity. The Centre had been providing support for continuing adult education, gathering and storing data about adult education possibilities, about institutions which provide adult education and their programmes, disseminating information, testing adult education status and needs, implementing different projects about adult education development.
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