The Master of Education (MEd) in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship is the first degree program of its kind worldwide. Offering a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the educational perspectives and practices of Soka educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda, this degree program engages students in understanding and applying value-creating education for global citizenship in theory, research, policy, and practice in local and global contexts. Students will consider key educational concepts in the Soka heritage, including human geography, communities studies, deductive approaches across the curriculum, value and value creation, wisdom and knowledge, human(istic) education, society for education, peace and dialogue, among others. The foundation of the program rests on the sociopolitical and sociocultural implications of value-creating education for global citizenship across the lifespan in diverse local contexts. The program offers two tracks: fully online or face-to-face.
The Program is intended for those who wish to pursue professional preparation in the internationally growing discipline of value-creating (soka) education and strengthen their current position in schools, universities, or community organizations. It is also for those who seek new career opportunities in fields related to education and global citizenship. The program instills in graduates an engaged sense of hope and the ability to understand the complex and dynamic challenges and opportunities in education; integrate interdisciplinary, Western and non-Western perspectives to inform decisions and help shape the nature and quality of education; and apply program concepts to enhance learning and instruction.
- The program offers the only degree opportunity worldwide to study Makiguchi’s, Toda’s and Ikeda’s educational ideas and texts in English. Click here for a complete list of courses.
- The program is taught by the foremost international scholars, translators, practitioners, and students of value-creating education. Representing four countries (Argentina, India, Japan, and the U.S.), diverse practical experiences, and multiple languages (English, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Bengali and Punjabi), the VCE faculty are equipped to address the linguistic, cultural and educational interests and expectations of a broad range of international students working in English.
- The program offers fully online or face-to-face strands to better accommodate students' schedules and geographic locations. Online classes are asynchronous.
- Students taking two courses per quarter can complete the program in as little as 2 years.
- Unlike many master’s degree programs, the MEd in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship does not require a master’s thesis or terminal examination. The program ends with guided application of program themes in students’ own sociocultural and educational contexts.
- Students have the option to also pursue an Illinois initial or subsequent teaching license. This licensure program requires students to be physically present in Chicago for its entirety.