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Global Education Leadership: A Graduate Program for Educators and Education Leaders in the Age of Globalization

17 February 2013 79,516 2 Comments

In my latest book World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, I list a globalized campus as the context for cultivating globally competent creator and entrepreneurs. The idea is to use technology to bring global education resources to schools to personalize education, to engage students on a daily basis in collaborative learning with global partners, and to enable teachers and students to create authentic works for others around the global. A globalized campus requires globally competent and connected education leaders and teachers and a global network of educational institutions. In order to help prepare such leaders and educators, I have been working with colleagues at the University of Oregon on developing a graduate program and courses, as well as a technology platform that enables global educational exchanges. The platform is called OBA. I will describe it in another post but you can find more about it at: or play with it at The graduate program (master level, first) is now available and will begin its first cohort in the fall. If you are interested in the program or know someone who is interested, please read on and pass on the following program description.


Global Educational Leadership (GEL): An Emphasis of  MS Program in Educational Leadership, Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL), College of Education, University of Oregon

Official site:

Program Coordinator

Dr. Yong Zhao

Phone: 541-346-8275


The goal of this emphasis is to develop effective, highly regarded, and influential leaders in educational practice, policy, and scholarship in the context of globalization. Students pursuing the emphasis of Global Education Leadership are interested in preparing students to meet the challenges of globalization. They could be:

  • Current or aspiring leaders of schools that are interested in expanding their international connections or serving students from different cultures
  • Leaders of international educational nonprofit organizations
  • Leaders of educational businesses with a global focus
  • Leaders of educational organizations that serve students from different countries
  • Teachers interested in working in different countries
  • School advisors, admission officers and guidance counselors


This emphasis focuses on educational leadership in pre-K-12 educational systems and develops leaders who can apply theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and analytical skills to improve educational performance in diverse global contexts. This emphasis will:

  • Develop your global educational vision and cross-cultural leadership skills
  • Deepen your understanding of how globalization affects education
  • Further your knowledge of organizational structures and functions to facilitate change
  • Provide focused training in educational measurement and research methodology
  • Offer high-quality interactions with visionary leaders from around the world
  • Establish a global network of innovative education leaders
  • Provide an opportunity to apply what you have learned in an intensive two-to-three week, face-to-face session held in an international location

This is a cohort-based program; students are grouped into cohorts of 10-15 students, each led by an experienced education leader as mentor. The emphasis typically takes two years to complete and includes three major components with a total of 45 credits:

  • Online course work (30 credits)
  • Capstone project (online and/or face-to-face) (7 credits)
  • Global education field experience (8 credits)

The emphasis is delivered primarily online via an innovative learning platform that includes:

  • Functions for traditional courses and seminars
  • Extensive global social networking
  • Digital portfolio
  • Web-based online interactions

Students interested in this program must have a reliable high-speed Internet connection and access to Skype messaging.


For a list of curriculum for this emphasis click here for a PDF of our listings.

Applying for Global Educational Leadership Emphasis

This program is Web-based has special application timelines and deadlines; all interested applicants must apply by December 1, 2013 in order to be admitted to the upcoming cohort year, starting in fall. This emphasis also has other important differences to note including:

  • This course is offered through the University of Oregon’s Academic Extension services. Students will register for courses through Academic Extension.
  • Course tuition is a flat rate of $450.00 per a credit, plus materials. Program cost is estimated to be approximately $20,250 (not including international travel costs).
  • This program is administered online. Courses and communications are completed via the Web. In order to participate, students will need access to a reliable high-speed Internet connection. For questions regarding other potential technical requirements, please contact Yong Zhao, program coordinator (information listed at the top of this page).

For information regarding prerequisites, and admissions please see the MS admissions page.

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  • Reinventing College: Is change really coming? « From the Head of School said:

    [...] established universities will be welcomed more quickly. I recently referred a colleague to this master’s program at the University of Oregon. This combination of online and global experiences will really benefit educational leaders. And if [...]

  • Samantha Jackson said:

    I am about to complete a research Masters in Educational Leadership. It has been an excellent learning opportunity but this Masters sounds exciting and will ensure that innovative teachers/ thinkers are involved in valuable opportunities were their learning journeys will touch the future and shape the lives of children across the globe.

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