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The Global Educators Cohort Program helped broaden her world view, and gave her the experience to meet the needs of an increasingly global student population.
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Global Cohort Program

The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) prepares future teachers who are committed to preparing today's children for tomorrow's world.

The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) gives future educators the tools they need to teach with a global view and to make an impact in today's classrooms, which are increasingly culturally diverse. Through social and educational experiences, MSU's Global Educators are prepared to help young people think about themselves as citizens and stewards of the world around them.

Connect with GECP

Message From The Director

Margo Glew, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Global Educators Cohort Program website. The College of Education at Michigan State University recognizes the need to prepare future educators for a rapidly changing classroom environment. New teachers can expect to enter classrooms that are increasingly culturally diverse, whose students not only need a strong foundation in core academic subjects, but also need to acquire the knowledge, skills and points of view necessary to interact successfully across a variety of cultural groups as well as grapple with issues and problems whose causes and foundation are more complex than ever before, that cross local, national, and international boundaries, and whose solutions require new approaches to problem solving.

To meet the challenge of preparing future educators for personal and professional success in the global context of the 21st century, the College of Education (COE) at Michigan State University has launched The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP). The GECP is a specialized teacher preparation program focused on global and international perspectives. Cohort participants enjoy all the benefits of a nationally ranked teacher preparation program but also have the opportunity to study, socialize, and engage in hands-on, practical learning activities with a small group of fellow students. GECP students enjoy many advantages, such as individualized mentorship by faculty, practicing teachers, and administrators with expertise and experience in global and international education; opportunities to participate in special seminars, undergraduate research opportunities, and special, smaller, faculty-led, course sections designed specifically for members of GECP.

GECP students learn to teach in a wide range of settings both in US K-12 classrooms and abroad. GECP graduates are prepared to bring the world to their students and educate for global citizenship in both elementary and secondary settings in all subject areas. Students in our program pursue teaching certification in a variety of areas; majors that GECP students have pursued include: all elementary majors, special education, music education, physical education, as well as secondary biology, history, social studies and Spanish.

As you explore our website, you will have a chance to learn more about our program, meet some of our GECP students and graduates, and get information about how you can apply to be a part of GECP. I hope you will find our site a useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if any of your questions are not answered here. We are excited about and proud of this unique and exciting new program!

Margo Glew

Program Requirements

The program requirements outlined below provide information about the requirements specific to the Global Educators Cohort Program. For information about the teacher preparation program, whose requirements all Global Educator Cohort Program students must also meet, see/contact the Student Affairs Office.

  • Freshman Year

    • Semester One

      • TE 250 (global): Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions (3 cr)

    • Semester Two

      • TE 150 (global): Reflections on Learning (3cr)

  • Sophomore Year

    • Semester One

      • TE 352 (global): Immigrant Language and Culture (3cr)

    • Semester Two

      • TE 291A: Special Topics in Global Education (1cr)

  • Other Program Requirements

    • Required
    • Optional (but encouraged):

      • Extra/Co-curricular global learning opportunities

      • General education with (I) designation

      • Language study

      • Global focus/specialization in your academic major

Applying to GECP

Apply to MSU

WHEN: Senior Year of High School - on

Obtain admission to Michigan State University and indicate your intention to complete a teacher certificate in elementary or secondary education. Information on financial aid for students can be found on the Office of Financial Aid homepage.

Apply to the Global Educators Cohort Program

Start Appplying
After Acceptance to MSU
Submit a supplemental application to the Global Educators Cohort Program.

GECP Application

Send your completed application and application essay to:

MSU College of Education
attn. Robin Lenkart
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
Room 134
East Lansing, MI 48824

Application Review

WHEN: 2-4 Weeks After Submitting a Completed Application

Student essay, grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, high school work and work activities, and written communication skills will be considered in the selection process.

The application review committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect to hear from the application review committee within 2-4 weeks of submission of an application.

Teacher Preparation

The Global Educators Cohort Program is a specialized program within the teacher preparation program at Michigan State University. GECP students must therefore complete the same requirements as any Teacher Education student at Michigan State University. GECP simply provides added special emphasis in international/global themes.

When you complete GECP, you will graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Teacher Education and you will be eligible for teacher certification both in Michigan and, often with little or no extra requirements, in many other U.S. States.

For details on the teacher preparation program at Michigan State University, including program requirements, visit the teacher preparation program website.

Meet our Students

Cory Hurst
"It is now more important than ever that our classrooms have a global focus. I am grateful that GECP gave me the preparation needed to bring the world to my classroom and help my students become global citizens."

Tara Marsh
"Being a member of the GECP has been an incredible experience. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures while learning how apply this knowledge to education and to my future classroom."

Elisa Perez
"GECP has given me the opportunity to meet many great people and that are always there to help. I feel that GECP is a great program that can benefit students on gaining perspectives of what it means to be a global educator. I had the great opportunity of going to China which was an amazing experience that I will never forget all thanks to GECP."

Edgar Reynoso
"Global Educators Cohort Program has given me the opportunities to meet an abundance of individuals that share the same passion and that are willing to be sources of advice and support in the future."

Abby Vermeulen
"GECP has allowed me to think outside the box, to go beyond the norm and experience new ideas. It has given me wonderful opportunities that I can draw upon in the future and memories that will last a life time. "

More to Check Out (links)

Have More Questions?
Global teaching resources for teachers of fine arts

Resources and articles on assessing global learning

Connecting Classrooms
Resources and opportunities to help your classroom connect with others around the world

Global Action
Resources and organization to help students work to make the world a better place

Global Education
Articles and resources to learn more about global education

Global Experience
Resources and organizations on study, travel, and work abroad

Articles, resources, and teaching materials for ELLs

Language Arts
Global teaching resources for language arts teachers

Global Education Board

Bibliography of Global Education Resources (under construction)

Global teaching resources for science teachers

Social Studies
Global teaching resources for social studies teachers

Teach Abroad
Resources and organizations for teaching abroad

Teaching Resources
Teaching resources for the global educator


Have Questions?

So have others. Check out the GECP Frequently Asked Questions to see if someone else has had the same questions that you do.







Global Educators Cohort Program
620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-9680