Department of Educational Foundations

Typical Length 1 month

Delivery Online

The Summer Global Educational Leaders (GEL) Graduate Course Sequence is a cohorted online professional development training designed for educators and educational leaders, pre-service and/or in-service at P-20 levels worldwide. GEL offers current teachers and educators a focused training and development on the most important global educational values, pedagogies, issues, and trends in connection with daily educational practices. Participants take two graduate courses (6 credits), which may be applied toward the EDEF master’s or doctoral program with official admission, as well as to other graduate programs in higher educational institutions worldwide.

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Connect with educators from Hawaiʻi and around the world!

Students from all over the globe will actively engage and construct a leadership network for the best and most effective teaching and learning for educational excellence, equity, and social justice.

Program Goals
  • To transform educators from classroom teachers to inspiring global educators;
  • To develop teachers as creative and effective leaders;
  • To foster multicultural competency to teach with quality and equity;
  • To guide teachers to be practitioner scholars and researchers;
  • To collaborate innovatively with fellow teachers and educators around the world; and
  • To establish a global leader network, community, and support group.
Admission Requirements

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students that have been admitted are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

How to Apply
Sample Program Schedule


Date Topics and Themes
Sat. Orientation:
Week 1 EDEF 671 – Educational Leaders in the Global Context
Mon. Welcome and community building
Purposes and goals of teaching in the global context, understanding historical & philosophical perspectives
Tues Patterns, impacts, and issues in global teaching & learning
Wed Individual work and study
Thurs English teaching & learning opportunities and challenges: globally and locally
Fri Qualities needed for effective practices for global education leaders:
Our roles and Directions
Week 2  EDEF 630 – Multicultural Competency
Mon. Multicultural cultural dimensions and their impact on education
Tues Historical and theoretical frameworks of multicultural education
Wed Individual work and study
Thurs Multicultural practice in the global classroom
Fri Teachers as leaders with multicultural competencies
Week 3  EDEF 630 – Pedagogies
Mon. Global understanding in English teaching & learning
Tues Effective teaching pedagogies for global learners
Wed Individual work and study
Thurs Motivational teaching & connection
Fri Meaningful & relevant teaching beyond the language
Week 4  EDEF 671 – Innovative Teaching and Learning
Mon. Understanding creativity, innovation, and technology
Tues Qualities and design that underlying effective teaching
Wed Individual work and study
Thurs Models and evaluation of creative and innovative teaching and learning
Fri Teacher agency: Creating your authentic and impactful instruction
Conclusion & celebration
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