K-12 Educator Certificate in Global Studies

K-12 Educator Certificate in Global Studies

The K-12 Educator Certificate in Global Studies is a 180-hour certificate that will equip educators with content and pedagogical methods and skills to engage with global studies in their classrooms. Participants will explore global and transnational processes while fulfilling continuing education credit hours. The combination of core and elective courses available (see Requirements below) will allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge through the well-rounded and cohesive theme of global studies. The Introduction to Global Studies course, a core requirement for the certificate, will take place in the Fall of 2023. 

The full tuition cost of the program is $2,500, which covers classes, Act 48 credit hours, and books and materials. A nonrefundable deposit/first payment of $625 will be due by August 15th, 2023. Payment plans are available on a per-year or per-semester frequency. Prorated tuition refunds will be made for participants who pay in full and withdraw. Course offerings will be dependent on enrollment.

Why Participate?

There are numerous benefits in pursuing and completing the certificate. This includes:

  • Act 48 Credit hours (*180 hours every five years is required to retain active status in Pennsylvania)
  • Eligibility to apply to be a Teacher-in-Residence
  • Eligibility to apply to teach in the summer Governor's School for Global and International Studies
  • Networking opportunities with fellow educators and world-class faculty at the University of Pittsburgh


  • Develop skills and methods to integrate global studies into existing or new curriculum 
  • Engage with new and emerging global concepts


Core Requirements

Educators pursuing the certificate must complete 90 hours of core courses and opportunities, as followed:

  • Introduction to Global Studies (30 hours): The Fall 2023 course will take place across eight Thursday evening sessions from 5 - 8 PM (September 14 and 28, October 5, 12, and 26 (for individual work), November 2 and 9, and December 7) and two Saturday sessions from 9 AM - 2 PM on September 23 and December 16.
  • Global Issues Through Literature (GILS) (18 hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group (12 hours)
  • Global Education course, taught through the School of Education (30 hours)


In addition to the core requirements above, educators must complete 90 hours of electives from a diverse set of Center opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to:

Opportunities are available and offered through other institutions that align with the Global Studies pedagogies.

Questions? Please contact Maja Konitzer at majab@pitt.edu.