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New Programs for Professionals Offer a Global Focus  

Diplomacy graduate students working on a laptop. The School of Diplomacy and International Relations recently added two new professional-level programs designed for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of international affairs and applying that learning to advance their careers. The Executive M.S. in International Affairs (online), and, in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Services, the Certificate in Global Studies for K-12 educators. Both offer a chance for participants to engage with other students and faculty scholars who are experts in their fields.

The online Executive M.S. in International Affairs compliments the existing on-campus M.S. program offered through the School of Diplomacy. The differences are that it is delivered in a flexible, online format and corresponds with a subset of specializations. Through a series of ten courses, which can be completed part-time or in a year of full-time study, students build upon their knowledge in policy analysis, negotiation and conflict management and professional writing, while developing a functional or regional specialty. Course selection is customizable, allowing students to structure their online curriculum to meet their interests and needs. A choice of electives allows online M.S. students to explore additional specializations or delve into a variety of topics related to their career goals.

"One of the exciting things about this program is the various professional experiences that students will bring to the classroom," explains Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Ph.D, director of online learning for the School of Diplomacy. Working in cohorts, she says, "Students will learn from each other and grow collectively, drawing not just on course materials but on the various ways in which this material is lived out in daily life."

Professionals who are interested in the Executive M.S. are encouraged to join a webinar at noon on Wednesday, January 23.
Visit our registration page for details and to R.S.V.P. »

Also new this semester, is the graduate certificate in Global Studies, an inter-disciplinary initiative between the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Diplomacy. The Global Studies program at Seton Hall helps teachers bring a comprehensive understanding of modern global society to the classroom. Through modules that address cultural, ethnic and spiritual diversity, the program provides teachers with knowledge and skills needed to promote effective social and political discourse.

As classrooms continue to reflect the diversity of our communities, globally-informed educators provide varied perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and inspire students to contribute to making the world a better place. Global competency is now part of state learning standards for social studies programs, including history courses at the high school level.

"Our young people learn from reading the news that they are part of a larger world, and that what goes on in the world touches their lives personally in many ways," explains Martin Edwards, Ph.D., one of the professors who helped establish the Global Studies program. "By teaching educators about issues facing different parts of the world, and how they can integrate that content into their classrooms, they can better train K-12 students to navigate a diverse and competitive world."

Educators who are interested in the Global Studies certificate are encouraged to join a webinar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. 
Visit our registration page for more details and to R.S.V.P. »

Categories: Education , Nation and World

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  • Gwen Debenedetto
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