What you'll learn

  • Dimensions of global competence
  • How to make the case for global education programs in your school or district
  • How to recognize the significant barriers to advancing global education and  strategies for overcoming them
  • How to gather resources for your global education toolkit

Course description

How can we prepare our students to be engaged, global citizens? What is global competence and how can we cultivate it in our students? How can we make the case for global education in schools? Based upon the work of Professor Fernando Reimers and the Think Tank on Global Education, the program explores these questions and provides strategies for promoting global competence in classrooms and schools.

Educating Global Citizens begins with an introduction to global education. Professor Reimers and other specialists then focus the conversation on global competence, what it is and why it is important. Participants will identify barriers to global education in their context and will learn from examples of schools already incorporating global competence in K-12 systems. Finally, participants will explore strategies for advancing global education, building a toolkit to inform their future work.

The program is a mix of self-paced learning, facilitated group discussion, and job-embedded learning that will help educators understand, advocate for, and implement strategies for global competence with their students. Participants will learn tools and tips from the online lessons that they can weave directly into practice in their classrooms or schools.

A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning. Over the course of the program, the curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.

The online instruction, discussions, and job-embedded practice should take five to seven hours over the duration of the program. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.


  • Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

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