Међународна сарадња - JP 511170-2010 Title Master programme for Subject Teachers in Serbia

JP 511170-2010 Title Master programme for Subject Teachers in Serbia

The urgent need for reform in Serbian initial teacher education (TE) for subject teachers in the second cycle of primary education (ISCED 2) and also in vocational and general secondary education (ISCED 3) has been identified by the Ministry of Education, University of Belgrade and other relevant actors. The current means of teacher preparation is limited and resides within the respective academic faculties - across the universities' curricula.

To address this need for the reform, the first specific aim of the project is to develop a flexible, interdisciplinary Master-level programme (60 credits) within the framework of Bologna process. The development phase will concentrate on review of teacher competences and TE programs in EU, benchmarking tasks and development of curricula, teaching materials and school practice. Establishment of a 36 credit core module, including 6 credits of teaching practice in school, will allow for harmonization of teacher education, while a variety of Master courses / modules will provide flexibility of learning pathways. There is also the additional, vital aim of enhancing LLL by offering programme courses as in-service training for working teachers. In the implementation phase, the Master programme will be taught at three universities across two semesters, culminating in a Master’s thesis. At two universities, a 36 credit core module will be taught.

The second specific aim of the project is to harmonize and regulate teaching profession in Serbia. To truly reform the initial education of subject teachers, the country must urgently and formally address teacher competences; standards for teacher certificates and approval of teacher education programmes; cooperation between universities and schools; procedures for recognition of university-level courses as in-service training, and overall development of a legal framework necessary for the establishment of a subject teacher profession.

Information about the Project

Application Year: 2010
Scope: National
Type: Joint Project - Curriculum Reform
Duration: 3
Tempus grant: 731,716.20
Subject area: 932


1. To develop a modern and flexible interdisciplinary master-level programme for subject teachers in second cycle of primary education and secondary schools in Serbia, compliant with Bologna requirements and recently adopted Serbian Law on the Foundations of the Education System (by project M15) and to implement it between M16 and 36.
2. To develop appropriate mechanisms to ensure that legal framework is aligned with the proposed reform leading to the harmonization and regulation of teacher profession (by project M15).

To promote the reform and modernisation of higher education in the partner countries

To enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in the partner countries

To build up the capacity of higher education institutions in the partner countries and the EU, in particular for international cooperation and for a permanent modernisation process, and to assist them in opening themselves up to society at large

To foster the reciprocal development of human resources

To enhance networking among higher education institutions and research institutes both in the partner and EU countries

Modernisation of curricula in academic disciplines identified as priorities by the Partner Countries, using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the three cycle system and the recognition of degrees

    Act. 1.1: Project start up activities and kick-off meeting (M1-2)

    Act. 1.2: Mapping of the current curricula and programs in Serbia (M2-4)

    Act. 1.3: Benchmarking analysis of similar programmes in EU organizations (M2-5)

    Act. 1.4: Research visits to EU to gain first-hand knowledge on TE programs (M4-5)

    Act. 1.5: Drafting of a report containing recommendations/findings (M6)

    Act. 1.6: Project workshop in Novi Sad (M7)

    Act. 2.1: Revising and adopting teacher competences by Serbian authorities (M7-8)

    Act.2.2: Elaboration of procedures for issuing teacher certificates and approval of TE programs (M8-11)

    Act. 2.3: Adding approved profile of a master subject teacher (M8-11)

    Act. 2.4: Elaboration of procedures for ensuring that programme courses can be recognized (M8-11)

    Act. 2.5: Elaboration of procedures on cooperation of universities, school and authorities regarding school practice (M10-13)

    Act. 2.6: Legislation tuning and developing (M10-15)

    Act. 3.1: Agreement on a CD workplan (M7)

    Act. 3.2: Developing program and course learning outcomes and ECTS (M7-10)

    Act. 3.3: Drafting of curricula, development of main course contents and teaching materials (M10-16)

    Act. 3.4: Selection of teachers to be involved in the Master and retraining mission to EU (M10-12)

    Act. 3.5: Workshop on Master curriculum design in Nis (M15)

    Act. 3.6: Finalisation of Curricula on the basis of workshop outcomes (M15)

    Act. 3.7: Submission of curricula for accreditation(M15-16)

    Act. 3.8: Web publishing of updated teaching materials (as of M15)

    Act. 4.1: School practice development work plan agreed (M7)

    Act. 4.2: Developing a model of school practice (M8-9)

    Act. 4.3: Establishment of criteria for school selection and estimation of school capacities (M10)

    Act. 4.4: Selection and formal engagement of schools performed (M11)

    Act. 4.5: Re-education teachers for mentorship role (M12-15)

    Act. 5.1: Definition of and procurement procedures (M7)

    Act. 5.2: Purchase of materials and installation of equipment (M15)

    Act. 6.1: Mapping of the Quality Assurance mechanisms (M7-12)

    Act. 6.2: Drafting of courses evaluation questionnaires (M13)

    Act. 6.3: Distribution of evaluation questionnaire to students and elaboration or results (M16)

    Act. 7.1: Students' selection and enrolments (M14)

    Act. 7.2: Implementation of the courses (M16-33)

    Act. 7.3: Seminars of EU academic staff (M24-32

    Act. 7.4: Internships of MA students to partners' institutions (M24-30)

    Act. 8.1: Planning of the dissemination activities (M2)

    Act. 8.2: Setting up and maintenance of the project web site (M1-4)

    Act. 8.3: Issuing of regular project newsletter (as of M6)

    Act. 8.4: Issuing of press releases (as of M2)

    Act. 8.5: Production of Students' guides (as of M12)

    Act. 8.6: Organisation of mid-term international dissemination conferences (M7,14,25)

    Act. 8.7: Info days for students (15-25)

    Act. 8.8: Final project conference (M35)

    Act. 9.1: Organization of the kick-off meeting and appointments of members to sit in MB (M2)

    Act. 9.2: Drawing up of the handbook on project management (M1-6)

    Act. 9.3: Project monitoring (throughout project life-span)

    Act. 9.4: Project reporting (tentatively as M15)

    Act. 10.1: Implementation of modernized curricula also after the end of the project

    Act. 10.2: Ensuring students enrolments also after the end of the project

    Act. 10.3: Appropriate feed-back mechanism to measure students' satisfaction maintained

    Act. 10.4: Arrangements to keep operational the on-line platform for on-line publishing of teaching materials

    Act. 10.5: Mantaining links between Serbian universities, school and relevant authorities

University of Belgrade
Serbia (RS)
Coordinating institution


University of Novi Sad
Serbia (RS)


University of Nis
Serbia (RS)


University of Kragujevac
Serbia (RS)


State University of Novi Pazar
Serbia (RS)


Association of agricultural secondary schools
Serbia (RS)


The association of Serbian Gymnasia
Serbia (RS)


Educational Forum
Serbia (RS)


Institute for Improvement of Education
Serbia (RS)


Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation
Serbia (RS)


National Education Council
Serbia (RS)


National Council for Higher Education
Serbia (RS)


Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia
Serbia (RS)


Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina


University of Helsinki
Finland (FI)


University of Innsbruck
Austria (AT)


Metropole University College
Denmark (DK)


University of Debrecen
Hungary (HU)