The Four Domains of Global Competence

A Course in the Teaching for Global Competence Series

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This course introduces the Four Domains of Global Competence: Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, Communicate Ideas, and Take Action. These domains promote engaged and active inquiry and act as a guide for structuring curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote global competence in classrooms and out-of-school time programs. The Four Domains are a framework for guiding student learning both within and across disciplines.

The coaching guide helps instructional leaders support educators as they prepare to implement concepts from the course in their own learning environments.

This course is part of the Teaching for Global Competence program. The cost for an individual course enrollment is $29 USD. Discounts are available to schools, districts, and programs if you are purchasing courses in bulk (all courses for a minimum of 25 educators). Please contact the Education Partnerships team at for more information on bulk enrollments.

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Designed With the Following Audiences in Mind

Everyone is eligible to enroll in this course. This course is especially suited for the following audiences.

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Classroom Teacher: Delivers educational content in an academic institution.

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Out-of-School Time Educator: Delivers educational content in afterschool and summer programs.

Courses in the Teaching for Global Competence Series

Learn about the global competence movement in education and how it connects to learning in classrooms and in out-of-school time in this free introduction course.
What are the four components of global competence, and how can they act as a guide for structuring curriculum, instruction, and assessment? Come learn how this Framework can guide student learning both within and across disciplines.
Learn a proven method to develop global competence through project-based learning. Learn how to engage students in projects that are inquiry-based, student led, problem focused, authentic, and rooted in real-world global issues.
Learn how a global competence perspective brings context, relevance, and usefulness to your classroom or program. By the end of this course, you will learn how to empower students to apply academic knowledge to real-world problems and challenges.
Learn instructional strategies aligned to the four domains of global competence—and applicable across all disciplines— that will help students develop the skills they need in today's global and digital world.
Move your students further up the continuum from global awareness to global understanding by learning how to identify globally significant issues and connect them to your subject matter and local context.
Learn how to design your own curriculum storyboards based on performance assessments using the Center for Global Education's premiere curriculum tools.
Learn how to develop, plan, and implement effective, globally focused assessments that integrate relevant instructional strategies, formative assessments, and an open student-teacher feedback loop.
Learn how global issues can be integrated throughout STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education to help guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking in tackling complex global problems.
In this course, designed for school leaders, learn about the Global School Design. This thinking model can be used for school-wide strategic planning and community-wide innovations to bolster global competence education.

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Learn about online global competence courses and certificate programs offered by the Center for Global Education in collaboration with Arizona State University designed for educators in schools and in out-of-school time.