Many nations are coping not only with teacher shortages, but also with the challenge of updating the knowledge and skills of their existing teaching force. Expectations for teachers are continually increasing. Teachers are asked to learn new content, pedagogies, and technology tools. National and regional teacher education associations around the world are working individually to address these issues, but would benefit from collaboration with other associations that are facing similar challenges. To address this need, a group of teacher education associations have come together to form a worldwide federation of associations of teacher education.
It is the mission of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education to build a global community of teacher educators and to promote trans-national collaboration, support, and research and development in teacher education.