Teacher Professional Development
We hope that you will find these resources useful for your continuing education, networking and professional development, in addition to travel opportunities.
- Online Professional Development Courses
- Certificates and Degrees Programs in Global/International Education
- Global Education Teacher Training and Workshops
- Teacher Network and Forums
- Non-U.S. Global Education Associations
- Global Education Recognition and Awards
- Global Mentor / Leadership Program
- Travel Opportunities
Online Professional Development Courses
This seven-lesson course provides an introduction to teaching using a global perspective. Participants will explore fundamental elements of global education in the context of standards and frameworks.
Ohio State University
This online course at OSU will allow you to learn about other world regions, their histories and cultures. Discuss how to teach from global perspectives within an online community, and further expand your understanding of global issues and institutions.
iEARN’s nine-week online teacher training courses are designed to help K-12 educators learn how to integrate an international online collaborative project into their classroom. There are courses offered in the Creative Arts, Creative Writing, Social Studies, Math, Science, Foreign Languages and more.
Global Studies in Education Online Masters of Education at the University of Illinois
Internet-based Masterﾒs program designed to provide K-16 educators of all kinds with an opportunity to learn, in a convenient and flexible manner, about the implications of global interconnectedness and interdependence for educational policy and practice.
Certificates and Degree Programs in Global / International Education
Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and International Education (MACIE) – For teachers and other professional educators from a variety of backgrounds in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Curriculum includes: core courses in cultural studies, comparative education, and comparative human development; an interdisciplinary component; and a cross-cultural/international internship.
School for International Training
Through a curriculum that incorporates field based practice, reflection, and application, SIT prepares graduates who are teachers skilled in creating experiential environments that enable students to reach their full potential, or professionals helping to create sustainable communities, build understanding among people of different cultures, and promote social justice through work with public, private, and nonprofit organizations around the globe. Also offers a variety of programs for working professionals who wish to enhance their careers and accelerate their professional development through distance education, graduate or continuing education programs, short courses, and summer classes.
Columbia Teachers College - Department of International & Transcultural Studies
Programs in Anthropology, Economics, and Comparative and International Education emphasize research on the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of global processes. Programs in International Educational Development and Bilingual Education prepare professionals across the whole range of educational practice to gain a global perspective.
American University - International Training and Education Program
ITEP is a multidisciplinary master’s program that focuses on education both as an instrument of international development, and as a means of promoting cross-cultural understanding. The ITEP program is well known for its participatory approach to learning, its commitment to social change, and its effort to create unity in diversity.
George Washington University - Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Master of Arts International Education Concentration – Prepares individuals from the United States and overseas to pursue leadership positions in a variety of government, business, and non-profit organizations.
Stanford University School of Education - International Comparative Education, International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis
Multidisciplinary, international, cross-cultural program of training that places educational problems into an international and comparative framework. Core courses explore how education is related to economic, political, and social development in both developed and developing countries.
Harvard Graduate School of Education - International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis
Draws together a community of learners sharing a common interest in critically examining issues of equity cross-nationally. The program is structured to provide an environment for the investigation and discussion of practical approaches for improving the quality of education available to children from all backgrounds.
University of Toronto - International Institute for Global Education
Offers courses and programs focused on Global Ed theory and practice, curriculum development and research projects.
Global Education Teacher Training & Workshops
International Studies Summer Institute
Indiana University’s 15th annual International Studies Summer Institute for teachers of grades six and above of all disciplines will take place July 7-15, 2010. U.S. teachers join colleagues from around the world to explore the complex, interrelated topics of global food scarcity, international trade, and global migration issues. Participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Teachers receive a flash drive with free resources. A $200 registration/technology fee is required and covers all costs.
Outreach for the federally-funded National Resource Centers (which focus on different geographic regions), Language Resource Centers (for foreign language study), and Centers for International Business and Education Research, based at hundreds of universities across the country. Centers enrich global teaching and learning through relationships with pre-collegiate schools nationwide. Professional development programs, curricular and instructional materials, and overseas visits for teachers offered. Curriculum resources also available on the website.
Institute for Global Studies
National Resource Center at the University of Minnesota. Professional development opportunities for K-16 teachers on global and international topics. Summer Institutes, Resource Library, custom designed Presentations and In-Services for Educators, conferences, and Education for Global Learning workshops.
Global-Links: Global Educator’s Program
Six-credit international teaching, study, and travel experience that is personalized to your unique needs and interests – in the country of your choice.
National Registration Center for Study Abroad
The National Registration Center for Study Abroad evaluates study abroad programs. Their web site offers teachers and pre-service teachers one way to access many language, teaching, international, and professional study abroad programs in over 35 countries nationwide, including 13 countries with programs based around teachers’ professional development needs. All programs and abroad institutions are evaluated yearly to ensure program quality, best suited with teachers in mind. All programs start monthly throughout the year and have US university affiliations.
Global Education Associates
GEA’s mission is to advance global systems that will secure ecological integrity, peace, human rights, economic and social well-being, and democratic participation. GEA offers interactive courses, seminars, workshops, and publications which inspire people to become effective global citizens through education.
The REACH Center assists agencies with strategic planning and training for individuals to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to function in a culturally and racially diverse world, as well as educational institutions, businesses and communities to value the human diversity that is found within their educational and/or workplace environments.
The Global Studies Foundation
Promotes global studies as a curricular movement, conducts research and educational outreach programs, and sponsors grants, awards and scholarships.
Global education non-profit offering low-cost curriculum consulting services and an extensive curriculum lending library to members. Also offers free workshops on global issues and free email updates for current events lessons & professional development opportunities.
Teacher Network and Forums
The Teachers Network
An online network for teachers, by teachers offering teacher designed projects & activites, Grants and Resources for teachers; Teachnet online store.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association of Professional Educators; Global Education Network; Online Store; Lots of resources, materials, programs; Professional development catalogs; Searchable database.
UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network
Associated Schools commit to promoting the ideals of UNESCO by conducting pilot projects in favour of better preparing children and young people to meet effectively the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world.
International Studies Schools Association, University of Denver
Strives to strengthen the teaching of international studies in the K-12 curriculum. Includes the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR), which coordinates activities and outreach efforts.
Foreign Policy Association’s Educator’s Corner
Education oriented site on global issues and international affairs. Provides lists of conferences, events, teacher exchanges, lesson plans, and grants.
National Geographic Society
Online Activities, Online Adventures, Maps, Lesson Plans, Educator Network, TV programs, Searchable Database, Links.
Non-U.S. Global Education Associations
Australian Government Global Education Home Page: Global Education Centres (Australia)
Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Agency provides these Global Education Resources and Centers throughout Australia as a resource for educators. Primary and Secondary level materials.
Development Education Association (United Kingdom)
Aims to raise awareness and understanding of how global issues affect the everyday lives of individuals, communities, and societies.
North-South Centre (for the Council of Europe, in Portugal)
Expanding public awareness of global interdependence issues, through networks and programs.
Global Education Recognition & Awards
National Council for the Social Sciences NCSS Award for Global Understanding
Given in honor of James M. Becker, this award annually recognizes a social studies educator (or a team of educators) who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world. Nominations accepted in early summer.
International Studies Schools Association Awards of Excellence
Recognizes achievement in international studies and programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. One school and one runner-up selected. Nominations accepted in December.
The Asia Society – The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education
The Prizes were established to identify effective and replicable models of international education that address concerns about the economic, social, and diplomatic costs of educational isolationism. Nominations accepted in spring.
The Global Studies Foundation Grant for Faculty Travel and Professional Development
This grant is designed to encourage and support faculty travel abroad, as well as the integration of this international experience into courses or curriculum.
Global Mentor / Leadership Program
People to People: Teacher Leader
Volunteer to lead a delegation of students on an overseas adventure and travel the world while helping to enrich the lives of young people.
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United States and countries around the world. The program also offers hosting opportunities for international teachers and administrators.
Toyota International Teacher Program
Toyota offers study visits to Japan, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica to full-time classroom teachers (grades 7-12, all subjects) in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Each program offers country-specific themes to help educators expand their professional skills, increase cultural awareness, and enhance their understanding of environmental issues around the world.
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
Non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting as many teachers as possible to travel abroad and then share their experiences with their students upon their return to the classroom.