Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What qualifications do I need to participate in the GCC?
A: The program is designed for in-service K-16 educators who have the desire to enhance their ability to cultivate global competence and citizenship among their students. Participants should have an interest in global learning, strong interpersonal skills, and an open attitude and capacity for learning and leadership. Participants should also be able to dedicate approximately 12 hours per week to study and participation in GCC activities. Click here to review participant selection criteria.

Q: Will I get a teaching credential from the GCC?
A: No, the GCC does not lead to a teaching credential. Participants who fulfill the requirements of the program will receive a Certificate in Global Competence from World Savvy that they may use to document their advanced qualification to effectively teach for global competence. Participants may also opt to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from our partner university.

Q: When will the next cohort begin?
A: Visit the Certificate Admissions page for information or sign up here to receive updates on when the next cohort will start.

Q: How do I apply for the program?
A: Visit the Certificate Admissions page to learn how to apply.

Q: What does the program cost?
A: The certificate fee of $8,200 covers all three components of the program, excluding international travel to the fieldwork destination. Participants may opt to receive CEUs for an additional fee.

Q: What is the policy for deferrals, withdrawals, and refunds?
A: Due to the rigorous schedule of coursework, collaboration, and fieldwork, deferrals following the start of classes are strongly discouraged. Deferrals will only be considered in case of emergency and the granting of any deferral will be at the discretion of the GCC program.

If a participant wishes to defer or withdraw from the program, they should contact the Global Competence Certificate Program Manager at All deposits and tuition payments are non-refundable.

Q: Can I take a single course or must I sign up for the entire GCC program?
A: Yes, in-service educators may enroll in select GCC courses outside of the full certificate program. Visit the Course Registration page for more information on available courses and how to register.


Q: What are the courses like? What kind of assignments will we have?
A: Courses are experiential and personalized, enabling students to explore their own interests and concerns within the context of the program’s global competence curriculum. All courses have a synchronous component, when the professor and students convene at the same time in an online space. Courses also have asynchronous activities, such as conducting research, commenting on a peer’s work in a discussion forum, or other assignments. All together these components should take about 6 hours per week per credit (12 hours total per week for a standard course load). Each participant has extensive freedom in how they choose to complete assignments so that they are able to develop knowledge and work products with immediate applicability to their work as educators. Learn more about the GCC Online Educational Experience and Course Descriptions.

Q: Who teaches the courses and what are their qualifications?
A: The GCC courses are taught by faculty and interdisciplinary experts from colleges, universities, and organizations, across the country. For additional information on instructors, please click here.

Q: Do I ever meet the professors or fellow students in person?
A: The GCC is conducted almost entirely online, enabling both students and professors to be located nearly anywhere. During the fieldwork, participants will have the opportunity to meet in person with peers who are completing their fieldwork in the same location.

Q: How will I communicate with the professors if I need help or feedback?
A: Participants are able to reach professors by video conference, email, and telephone. Ample information about the program and classes is also available in moderated discussion forums, FAQs, and other online resources.

Q: How will my work be evaluated?
A: Evaluation will be unique to each course, based on the learning goals and activities of that particular course. In general, participants will be evaluated based on some combination of their participation, assignments, and exams.

Q: When does the fieldwork component take place?
A: The fieldwork component takes place each summer. Dates change from year to year but generally take place in July. Participants typically participate the summer after they begin coursework.

Q: Where do we go for the fieldwork component? Where will we work?
A: The GCC program partners with several well-established organizations to offer our participants fieldwork options in a variety of countries. These organizations have long-standing relationships with local partners working in fields related to education and community development. The local partners will host GCC participants during their fieldwork. For more information on the organizations, click here.

Q: Do I have to go on the fieldwork trip?
A: As one of the three core components of the GCC program, successfully completing the fieldwork course activities, including the trip and preparation and reflection assignments, is a requirement to earn the Global Competence Certificate. In cases where an unanticipated situation prevents a participant from joining the fieldwork trip with their cohort, they may be able to participate in future fieldwork trips if space permits. However, the GCC program cannot guarantee availability or the same destination or dates. If you have concerns about completing the GCC fieldwork, contact

Q: What differentiates the GCC from other programs? What is its comparative advantage?
A: The GCC is a distinctive online graduate-level certificate program. The combination of different components makes it unique:

  • Conducted in an online environment, it is possible to participate in the program from nearly anywhere
  • An interdisciplinary faculty drawn from a broad range of institutions, organizations, and areas of expertise
  • A Think – Learn – Do course framework that combines an introduction to systems-level global analysis, learning about substantive topics of current concern, and concrete pedagogical approaches
  • Fieldwork that enables participants to practically apply their learning in domestic and international environments
  • Collaborative practice groups in which interdisciplinary peers work together as they develop individual capstone projects
  • The opportunity to both benefit from and contribute to a growing library of global competence education resources


Q: How long does the GCC program last?
A: If taken on the normal schedule, a participant will receive the certificate 16-17 months after starting the program. To view the academic calendar, click here.

Q: When are classes scheduled?
A: There are 4-7 synchronous class meetings during each 8-week course and these meetings generally are scheduled for 1.5 hours on weeknights between 6pm and 10pm Eastern time (UTC -4 or -5, depending on the time of year). Other coursework is completed asynchronously.

Q: How much time do I need to commit per week in order to successfully complete the program?
A: Each 1-credit GCC course requires approximately six hours of work per week, including both synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities. The typical course load throughout the program is two credits per term. Thus, participants should make sure they set aside 12 hours per week to dedicate to the GCC. There are breaks over the Christmas-New Years holiday and over the summer.


Q: I have never taken an online course before.  What do I need to do before I start?
A: Before signing up for any online course or program, it is important to consider whether you will be able to commit adequate time to your studies. An online course provides the participant with a lot of freedom and flexibility. Thus, you should also think about whether you bring the motivation, discipline, and time management skills that will be needed to thrive in this environment. Learn more about the GCC Online Educational Experience.

Q: What technological knowledge or equipment do I need to participate?
A: You do not need to be a computer expert to succeed in an online course, but you do need to have some basic tools and skills and an open attitude. First, you’ll need access to a computer with a high speed internet connection, preferably in a quiet place where you will be able to participate in synchronous sessions and concentrate on asynchronous work. You should know how to perform basic functions on a computer, such as accessing the internet, downloading files, and installing new programs. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you should have an open attitude to learning in this exciting and evolving environment. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of help along the way.