EDN 595: Global Perspectives in Curriculum and Instruction


This course is developed with two beliefs: That a teacher preparation program should be a coherent system of experiences which develop relevant decision-making skills in a variety of contexts and that reflective practice fosters the kind of continuous growth and learning that is critical for teacher education and to the success of our organization.  The use of leadership as a key component is important as teachers must see themselves as classroom leaders, change agents, and advocates for children. Thus, this course will help students gain a global perspective that has not only become a desired characteristic of teachers and school leaders, but it has recently become mandated by the state of North Carolina, which requires that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century. In fact, the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards mentions the term ‘global’ nine times. Thus the umbrella question for this course is, “How can curriculum leaders help schools and educators become global, 21st Century professionals?”

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this course, each student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate a global perspective into the curriculum;
  2. Build global connections for his /her classroom in a meaningful and sustainable way;
  3. Design and apply learning activities that promote global perspectives and initiatives in local schools;
  4. Compare various aspects of education within and across systems; and
  5. Reflect on social and theoretical underpinnings of international education systems.