2014 International Partnership Site: South Africa
The need for increased understanding and ability to work with others internationally has been recognized as a goal for US education. At the same time, the need for citizens to better understand their rights and effectively exercise their responsibilities is a continuing concern for US democratic society. Both of these needs have been solidified in the development of the 21st Century Skills content areas of Global Awareness and Civic Literacy that have been adopted by many area school districts. Maryville University’s School of Education and Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy have collaborated with area school districts to develop a certificate program in Global Awareness and Civic Education Studies to help fill this need.
The Certificate is a practical program to provide you with the knowledge, skills and partnerships to connect your classroom and school to the world and prepare globally educated students for the 21st century. Not only will you work with exemplary faculty in the United States and abroad but you will also travel with other cohort members to one of our four partnership countries (Morocco, Poland, South Africa or Ukraine) to work with your international peer in their school. The total cost of the program is approximately $6859 which includes tuition and fees (12 credit hours) plus the travel, housing and meals for the 10-12 day practicum. For further information call the Center at 314.529.6687 or email us at email@example.com.
Our program is organized around a cohort plan: cohorts, or student groups, usually consist of 10 to 15 students who advance through their classes together. This builds camaraderie among your peers, provides another educational resource and helps you recognize your own strengths. Your cohort becomes your learning community and a permanent network of trusted colleagues as you proceed through the one year program and further into your career.
International Practicum in a Partnership Country
During the Certificate program, you will travel with others from your school district to one of our four partnership countries (Morocco, Poland, South Africa or Ukraine) to work with your international peer in their school. This practicum experience is only one aspect of the partnership you will have with your peer in your district’s assigned country. All housing, food and travel expenses for the 10-12 day practicum are included in your certificate program. In 2014 we are anticipating partnering with educators in South Africa (Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) and traveling in early June 2014, immediately after school ends.
The program will consist of twelve (12) graduate credit hours of seminar and practicum courses to prepare educators to enhance the teaching and learning of Global Awareness and Civic Literacy in K-12 schooling. Credits for the courses will be eligible to fulfill electives in existing Master’s and Doctoral Education programs but no substitute hours or other credit will be permitted to transfer into the Certificate program. Admissions will be through highly selective cohorts of teachers and administrators and limited to 10-15 candidates annually.
Spring 2014: EDUC 674 Global Awareness Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
Spring 2014: EDUC 675 Civic Literacy Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
This seminar will consider the local and global implications of civic leaders’ decisions resulting from citizens exercising their rights and obligations at local, state, national and global levels. Emphasis will be placed on effective strategies for participating in civic life through knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes. Course assignments will focus on outputs relevant to teaching and emphasizing creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration while using information from media and technology.
Fall 2014: EDUC 677 Global Awareness and Civic Literacy Research Seminar (3 Credit Hours)
This seminar will require the use of research and inquiry models and quantitative and qualitative data analysis in education. Students will apply one or more of these models through an applied investigation of their cross-cultural practicum assignment, present the findings to a relevant authentic audience and will be encouraged to submit for scholarly publication. Course assignments will focus on outputs relevant to teaching and emphasizing creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration while using information from media and technology.
(Application Deadline: 5pm, November 30, 2013)
For admission to the certificate program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a full-time employee (teacher or administrator);
- Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work and maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA during undergraduate studies;
- Complete an application for admission to the program; and
- Be interviewed by the program director to ensure understanding of the program.
For more information contact:
Dr. Alden W. Craddock Associate Vice President and Director Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.529.6687