This past winter quarter, the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum launched a new master’s program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (VCE). As the first degree program of its kind globally, the Master of Education (MEd) in VCE offers a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the educational perspectives and practices of Soka educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda.
Enthusiastic about the new opportunity for DePaul’s future educators, VCE’s director, Dr. Jason Goulah, notes that the program offers a hope-filled educational philosophy and practice to combat the confusion and divisiveness of the times. Quoting Ikeda’s 1996 speech at Teachers College, Columbia University about value-creating education for global citizenship, Goulah shares, “Value-creation is the capacity to find meaning, to enhance one’s own existence and to contribute to the well-being of others, under any circumstance.”
The foundation of the 12-course program rests on the sociopolitical and sociocultural implications of value-creating education for global citizenship across the lifespan in diverse local contexts. VCE enlists the services of the foremost international scholars, translators, practitioners, and students of value-creating education in order to guide students through the diverse, revolutionary coursework. Carefully selected from four different countries (Argentina, India, Japan, and the U.S.) and varied practical experiences, the VCE coursework equips its graduates with an interdisciplinary, Western and non-Western perspective to inform decisions and help shape the nature and quality of education.
The program offers two tracks: fully online or face-to-face. This way, those who wish to pursue professional preparation in value-creating education or strengthen their current position in schools and communities are able to do so in a manner that best suits their schedules and geographic locations. The MEd in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship does not require a master’s thesis or terminal examination. Rather, the program ends with guided application of program themes in students’ own sociocultural and educational contexts. The degree is thus intended to serve students’ particular interests and practical needs.
Credentials in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship
Beginning in Spring 2018, students are also able to pursue a Micro- or Macro-Credential in VCE. Issued by DePaul’s Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, these credentials consist of four and seven courses, respectively, from the degree. The courses taken for the credentials cost half as much while covering the same material. Moreover, students interested in the credential options also avoid the application process and can just register directly for the courses.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in the Micro- and Macro-Credential options, particularly internationally, from people who can’t afford the full master’s degree and don’t need one to teach in their region,” says Goulah, who directs the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education. “Candidates who don’t need a master’s degree but desire the program content really like these credential options and appreciate being in the same classes alongside the master’s students. Registration is quick and easy, and the tuition is really affordable.” Goulah cautions that courses taken for the credentials do not bear credit and thus cannot be used toward a graduate degree. Students need to decide at the outset whether they are pursuing the credentials or the full degree.
Please click here to learn more about the Micro and Macro-Credential options. For more information, please email your academic advisor or Dr. Jason Goulah (firstname.lastname@example.org).