Global education and leadership

Graduate certificate University of Missouri
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Overview

With Mizzou’s online graduate certificate in global education and leadership, join an educator network that transcends national boundaries. Collaborate and share ideas with leaders in different cities and countries. Gain new global perspectives in education leadership and practice. Understand a broader view of education. Learn from faculty with extensive international, intercultural and leadership experience. Be ready to apply these ideas to your local institution. 

This accessible online program is designed for educators across the world with a passion for leadership — and a desire to provide quality education for all. After four online classes, graduates will be prepared to develop, sustain and lead globally-minded schools, from primary to secondary. Examining global and local contexts, this certificate will provide the theories, tools and resources for aspiring principals, curriculum leaders and other educators to successfully lead colleagues and students to be critical, reflective and inquiring global stewards with refined intercultural skills.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in global education and leadership

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

12

Estimated cost

$5,561.40

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduates will have the capacity and knowledge to lead globally-minded schools. They will know how to create school cultures where students understand and act on issues of global significance. The core value underlying the certificate is to develop and enhance intercultural understanding and global-mindedness. 

Graduates of this program can be better prepared for jobs such as:

  • School principal
  • Headmaster/headmistress
  • Assistant school leader
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Instructional coach
  • Language and global education coordinator
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employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$69,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Courses will typically be offered as 8-week modules, so students may finish the four required courses in one academic year, if they desire.

Course work includes these critical aspects of educational leadership:

  • Effective curriculum and instruction
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Risk-taking and innovation
  • Reflective practice
  • Leadership development
  • Systems of continuous improvement 

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

1 calendar year

Typical course load

1-2 classes per semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Gabrielle Malfatti

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Malfatti holds a Bachelor's degree in education, a Master's in Spanish Literature and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In her role as director of global engagement, Dr. Malfatti established the Mizzou Ed Teach Abroad program, which is designed to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to internationalize their preparation with field experiences in India or South Africa. An expert leader, Dr. Malfatti has led multiple workshops and presentations on leadership, international education and intercultural issues in the U.S. , England, Colombia, Ghana, Canada, Thailand and India. Dr. Malfatti is the recipient of two Fulbright International Education Administrator grants for India and Taiwan, and in 2019 was honored with the Association of North America Higher Education International’s Patrick J. Moreo Global Education Leadership Award.

Gabrielle Malfatti
Director of Global Engagement
Lisa Dorner, PhD

Lisa M. Dorner, PhdD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a Faculty Fellow of the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research centers on language policy and planning, educational policy implementation, and immigrant childhoods, especially children’s and families’ integration in “new” spaces. As co-founder of the Missouri Dual Language Network and a previous teacher of English in Japan, Lisa enjoys connecting people and resources for dual language learning, bilingual education policy development, and understanding the immigrant experience. Lisa was a Fulbright Specialist to Colombia to work on a global education initiative at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla in 2018.

Lisa Dorner, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
Beth Whitaker, PhD

Dr. Beth McCune Whitaker is an award-winning educator who leads our principal leadership programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is a former classroom teacher and principal in Missouri.  During her tenure as an administrator, her school was awarded the Missouri Gold Star and National Blue Ribbon for excellence in education. Dr. Whitaker has published widely in the areas of school climate, principal leadership, and staff motivation and morale.

Beth Whitaker, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, PK12 Leadership Program Coordinator
Se Woong Lee, PhD

Dr. Se Woong Lee, originally from South Korea, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In broad strokes, his research focuses on developing innovative ways to measure, evaluate, and improve educational policy in ways that meaningfully impact or address issues challenging educators today. His work on examining cumulative effect of teacher quality on students’ educational success was recognized by the American Educational Research Association with a highly competitive AERA Dissertation Grant, and received Outstanding Dissertation Award from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Education Policy area.

Se Woong Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis