Learn to Develop Global Competence in Today’s P-12 Students

Global education incorporates learning about diverse cultures, geographies, histories, and current issues both locally and globally. Teaching for global competence emphasizes the interconnectedness and importance of people near and far to understand and take action to address issues of significance. Develop your students’ skills to engage with their global peers and highlight actions they can take as citizens of the world.

This series of courses, created by the California Global Education Project, provides quality professional development to improve instructional practices and lead to increased achievement for all students, with a primary focus on preparing all students to be globally competent, engaged citizens of our interconnected and changing world.

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in One or More

Course Date Units Price
Global Education: An Introduction to Global Competence [EDU-X774T] See details for more information 0-1
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Online Fixed-Date

Online professional growth course to develop global citizenship in the classroom by teaching global education competence skills and abilities

Global Education: Teaching for Global Competence [EDU-X775T] See details for more information 0-1
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Online Fixed-Date

Online professional development course, developed by California Global Education Project, to prepare PK-12 educators to teach for global competence.

Teaching Geography with the California Atlas [EDU-X776T] See details for more information 1
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Online Fixed-Date

Online professional growth course for teachers that focuses on geographic thinking, perspectives, and literacy using the California atlas.

Geography & Global Education [EDU-X777T] See details for more information 0-1
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Online Fixed-Date

Online professional development course that focuses on the relationship and interconnection between geography and global education for PK-12 educators.

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


Enroll in one or more courses in this series to earn graduate-level extension credits.

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

Grade P-12 teachers who want to hone their global education and geography teaching to promote engaged students in today’s world.



Classes are amazing, affordable and close to home.


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Continuing Education courses count towards a degree?

Most of our courses do not count toward a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. While credit earned for our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree it is ultimately the decision of the institution you plan to transfer the credit to. It is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student to confirm the transferability with the other institution

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

What type of credit am I earning?

The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours (1 semester hour= 15 contact hours). The credit earned is usually used for salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification. Graduate Level Extension credit is not usually transferrable towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form

Why USD?

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