Maryland in the World—Engaging the College of Education in the Global Community
The College of Education will be nationally and internationally known for its commitment and success in internationalization of its graduate and undergraduate courses (in particular its educator preparation programs), its research and scholarship, and its work in leadership and policy. Enhanced by our location and our strong base of faculty accomplishment in world-class education and scholarship, the College will systematically develop expanded and new program initiatives in international outreach, global perspectives and experiences for students, support for international scholarship and for participation of faculty in the global community of scholars, and diversification of our own student, faculty and staff community. In no other time has the importance of global competence and intercultural understanding been greater. Students at all levels need to be more cognizant of the world outside their own communities and outside of the U.S.; and they need to be equipped to solve problems of a global nature, with international players, if they are going to cope successfully with an increasingly interconnected future. There is no way to achieve this goal if their teachers and educational leaders are not themselves informed and comfortable with international points of view. The importance of preparing our future teachers, counselors, policy professionals, and educational researchers with experiences and understandings that reflect the international context is tremendous. This College will become a leader in the field. The College established in fall 2008 the Office of International Initiatives to help build an infrastructure which can support the vision of leadership in global education and internationalization of our College community and its programs. This Office will be advised by a committee of faculty, from across College departments, which will help to enhance international dimensions of education research and practice.
Strategic Initiatives Goals: