World Savvy, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning have partnered to bring global competence to in-service educators through an online certificate program. After several years of planning and preparation, the program is preparing to admit its first cohort of educators this fall. Teacher educators should encourage globally minded teachers seeking to expand their global skills to apply.
The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program “addresses a critical need faced by schools and educators to prepare students with the real world skills that they need to succeed in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent that ever before.” It uses a three part learning model that includes online coursework (taught by faculty with a variety of academic and international education backgrounds), global fieldwork, and collaborative practice groups – small cohorts of students who work together to complete a capstone project.
“I believe the GCC is important because it supports schools and teachers that help all young people develop globally competent knowledge, skills, and dispositions to thrive in the 21st century,” states Jennifer Lofing, Senior Associate for Academic Affairs at World Savvy. “Teacher educators can further the GCC’s vision by preparing and encouraging teachers to embark on their own lifelong journeys of global competence reflection and learning.” Craig Perrier, High School Social Studies Specialist and GCC faculty, interviewed Lofing at length in a recent blog, which offers additional information and insights on the program.
The program offers the option for either Continuing Education Units (CEU) or graduate level credit – issued by at Teachers College, but eligible for transfer to another institution. Applications for the program, starting in September, are due August 15, and applicants may apply online. For questions about the GCC or the application process, contact Lofing at jen [at] globalcompetencecertificate [dot] org.