The Ohio State University
Faculty are key in any change initiative in any discipline, and internationalization of teacher preparation is no exception. Faculty juggle numerous commitments and demands on their time. In order to be encouraged pursue globally focused activities, they need to be incentivized so their efforts pay off and contribute to their long term professional goals. Different options can offer opportunities for staff to pursue these efforts.
College-Based International Centers
Providing opportunities on the home campus or in the local community for prospective teachers to engage with people from other countries or cultural backgrounds that differ from their own can be a time- and cost-effective way to broaden horizons. Students who are unable or reluctant to leave the country can be introduced to international students, visiting faculty, or immigrants in ways that help them learn about the world and build their cross-cultural skills.
Social studies, the traditional home of “global education,” includes many courses and topics that lend themselves readily to teaching about the world. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) identifies history, geography, civics and government, economics, and psychology as the subject areas associated with social studies education. Few teachers, however, have received specialized training during their certification preparation to teach these are