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Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices

Application 09-15-2023 ~ 09-25-2023
Learning 10-01-2023 ~ 11-09-2023(6 Weeks)
Course ID 2023_80_CL003_2_1_
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  • Downloadable Certificate
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  • 100% Free

About the Course

This 4-week course provides a basic introduction to the principles, conceptual underpinnings, and creative design of curricula relevant to transformative education, especially GCED in both formal and non-formal contexts. The goal of this course is to provide teachers/participants with the theoretical framework for analyzing, critiquing, and investigating curriculum so that they will be able to design GCED curriculum responsive to their own contexts.


The course will consist of four “classroom” weeks. The course will open with a lecture or PowerPoint presentation or video clips followed by Forum discussions. Participants are expected to check the course site at the beginning of every course week to be aware of the requirements for the week.



Dr. Cawagas is a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada and was a Professor of Peace Education at the UN mandated University for Peace based in Costa Rica for many years. She has extensive teaching experiences in peace and development education, curriculum development, education for sustainable development, global education, and multicultural education in both formal and nonformal modes.

Course Reviews

  • Chitra Kanna
    I recently completed the course "Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices," led by Professor Cawagas. I must say that it has been an incredibly enlightening and empowering experience. This course not only provided me with a wealth of valuable information but also boosted my confidence in curriculum development.
    Professor Cawagas's lectures were nothing short of exceptional. The clarity and depth of explanation were truly commendable. The way she broke down complex concepts and made them easily understandable was impressive. Her teaching style fostered a deep understanding of the subject matter.
    I greatly appreciate the course content and the effort put in by the entire team. It's evident that the curriculum was thoughtfully designed to cater to the needs of educators looking to make a difference in Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The course materials were well-structured, and the assignments were engaging and thought-provoking.
    Overall, I couldn't be more satisfied with my choice to take this course. It has given me the knowledge and tools necessary to create meaningful and impactful curricula. I'm truly grateful to Professor Cawagas and the entire team for their dedication and hard work in making this course an outstanding educational experience.
  • Nasreen Idrees
    I Dr. Nasreen Bano just have to say that this was a wonderful effort by Dr. Cawagas and the GCED team. A step towards establishing World peace. We all can collectively work for the benefit of our society and the Planet.
  • Erdem Vardar
    Simply put, I learned a lot. Although I am working in the adult education and non formal GCED field since a long time, the course and Dr Cawagas really put many issues in my mind in place and have opened new dimensions which I will explore further.

    Many thanks also to the peer group we had which contributed a lot to the live sessions and Forums, it was great to learn from each other.

    Of course integrating GCED into existing formal curricula and develoing a non formal education curricula are different challanges. Maybe in future there could be specialised curriculum development courses for these different target groups.

  • Rupendra Maharjan
    I recently had the privilege of participating in the "Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices" course, and I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for this enriching experience. Under the guidance of Professor Dr. Virginia Cawagas, the course provided a comprehensive and insightful exploration of curriculum development within the context of Global Citizenship Education (GCED). Professor Cawagas's lectures were not only informative but also inspiring, shedding light on the intricate nuances of curriculum design and its significance in promoting global awareness and sustainable development. Her mentorship, guidance, and invaluable feedback on assignments were instrumental in my academic growth, and I sincerely appreciate her dedication to our learning journey.
    I would also like to extend my thanks to Ms. Archita, Ms. Meto, and the entire GCED Online Campus team for their unwavering support and for providing me with the opportunity to attend this course. Their commitment to facilitating a conducive learning environment and fostering collaboration among the participants is commendable. This course has not only broadened my perspective on curriculum development but has also enriched my understanding of how education can contribute to the betterment of our global community. I am truly grateful for this experience and look forward to applying the knowledge and insights gained in my future endeavors.
  • Choeten Thinley
    Course Review: By Choeten Thinley

    The four-week curriculum design course on transformative education, specifically focused on Global Citizenship Education (GCED), provided a comprehensive and insightful introduction to the fundamental principles and creative strategies for curriculum development. Throughout the sessions, we delved into the theoretical foundations of curriculum design, learning about various approaches to curriculum development and their implications for transformative education.

    The first session elucidated the nuances of curriculum theory, development, and design, offering a solid theoretical framework for understanding the intricacies of GCED. The subsequent sessions focused on the practical aspects of designing the GCED curriculum, emphasizing the importance of aligning the curriculum with the specific needs and contexts of learners. We learned about crafting effective learning objectives and outcomes while exploring diverse evaluation techniques to ensure the effectiveness of the designed curriculum.

    A highlight of the course was the emphasis on curriculum innovations, which inspired us to think creatively and critically about integrating new and dynamic elements into the curriculum to enhance the transformative learning experience. The combination of lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and video clips, followed by engaging forum discussions, fostered an enriching and interactive learning environment.

    Overall, the course provided a robust foundation for participants to critically analyze, design, and implement GCED curricula tailored to their respective educational contexts. The structured format of the course, with its weekly check-ins and interactive discussions, facilitated a dynamic learning experience, enabling us to grasp the complexities of curriculum development and apply them effectively in practice.

    I would like to thank Dr. Cawagas a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada for her erudite delivery of the content of the course and lively session throughout the course. Hope to have more such sessions shortly for the benefit of all.
    It was such a great honor for me getting involved on the Curriculum Development for GCED course, I have a solid understanding of the principles, purposes, and practices of curriculum development for GCED. I do also gain a comprehensive understanding of Global Citizenship Education, the principles and theories of curriculum development that are applicable to GCED, how to analyze the local and global educational contexts in which GCED is implemented, a guide of the process of designing and implementing GCED curricula, how to integrate key themes of GCED into the curriculum and global interconnectedness, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of GCED curricula. I am expressing my gratefulness and appreciation to Dr. Cawagas and GCED Teams, thank you very much for meaningful discussion and collaboration of insights.

    [Alumna Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices]
  • Dian Noeswantari
    This course on curriculum development for GCED educators is a great opportunity for me, to learn with Mam Virginia and friends from all of the world. It is very excited to learn from members of the class and Mam Virginia. I am very grateful for having this course.
    I learn about education theory that this kind of a new field for me, as I learn from everyone I met when I have meeting, workshop and etc. All the reading pages is very useful to enrich my understanding on developing curriculum. Again, I have to thank Mam Virginia, Meto and Archita and all the team of GCED Online Campus, God bless you all. Thank you very much

    [Alumna Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices]
    Genevieve Mensah
    This course, Curriculum Development for GCED Educators rightly addressed my need, as a curriculum development Officer (for English Language). my work involves supporting teachers through training, to implement the curriculum. Primary Schools teachers in Ghana generally have a challenge integrating socio-emotional and behavioural skills into their classroom activities. The course has broadened my perspective on GCED concepts and sharpened my skills in crafting learning objectives that develop cognitive, affective and behavioural skills. I have also learnt to design participatory and interactive activities that align with learning objectives. I have been exposed to various curriculum theories and transformative pedagogies including critical, emancipatory and multiple intelligences.
    The course materials were very helpful.
    The paper assignment afforded me the opportunity to practice what I experience during the course.
    T have designed a micro curriculum that will serve as an exemplar for primary teachers to integrate GCED concept into their lessons.

    The live sessions were interactive and engaging. The lecturer's facilitation skills were exceptional. she created a safe learning environment that made me feel confident asking questions. I enjoyed the experiences sharing from across the globe.

    I wish to thank Dr. Cawagas and APCEIU and the entire GCED online campus team for the opportunity to be part of the course.

    [Alumna Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices]
  • Erastus Nyambariga
    This course was excellent. The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable and articulate.Also provided a wealth of information about the current trends on how education should be more transformative.

    Dealing with multiple interactions and growing interrelatedness between local and global realities has increased nowadays. This encourages me reflect on my own role and responsibility within such a global and complex interconnected society.
    Now I will extensively use a multi-perspective approach in education since citizenship and social conscience cannot be dissociated from the collective and global dimensions of our lives.
    I can use it as basis in teaching and learning strategies. Global citizenship education opens eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world. I will strive to awaken educators and learners and even in community, bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all.

    Global citizenship education enables me to promote new ways of thinking and acting towards a more engaged and critical citizenship, by equipping educators and learners with relevant competences.

    This was the first time I have taken a class in a global citizenship, and I was delighted with the course and look forward to coming back for more classes in the future. I loved the fact that even though I was in a class with other people, the actual online space was private, quiet and very conducive to learning! Thank you.

    Erastus Nyambariga.

    [Alumna Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices]
    This course was beneficial. The study materials and lectures were arranged systematically. The materials were reflective in the sense that you are encouraged to do more for the learners and for everyone. Through the lectures and sharing, I learned more about GCED and transformational education. The opportunity for educators from across the world to connect online for the sake of education made me pleased and hopeful at the same time.

    I'd also like to express my gratitude to Dr. Virginia, Meto, Archita, and all my classmates for contributing to the success of this event. God bless everyone.

    [Alumna Curriculum Development for GCED Educators: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices]