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Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC)

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) provides a year-long professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to become leaders in global education. 

Global education is integral to building 21st century skills.  Recognizing that teachers are the greatest resource in empowering students to be global citizens, TGC was developed to equip fellows with the global competencies necessary to bring an international perspective to their schools. Through targeted training, an international field experience, and collaboration with colleagues in other countries, teaching and learning is transformed in their classrooms, effectively bringing their students onto the global stage.

TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX.


TGC Fellows create a globalized classroom environment that enhances student learning by:

• Empowering U.S. teachers to serve as global ambassadors with an increased knowledge of cultures, societies, and education systems to share with their schools and communities.

• Developing professional skills, international connections, and collaboration that make U.S. teachers catalysts for their schools to become centers of global engagement.

• Enhancing teaching in their classrooms through innovative, globally focused curricula.

Project Activities

Teacher Training: TGC Fellows complete an eight-week online Global Education Course aimed at globalizing education in the classroom, and earn professional development Continuing Education Units. Fellows also develop a Capstone Project – a global education tool – that serves as a resource for their local community to enhance and globalize learning. 

Collaboration: After completion of the online course, fellows travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in a collaborative Global Education Symposium. Teachers build professional networks and work together to identify and develop innovative strategies to enhance global learning in their classrooms.

International Field Experience: TGC fellows travel overseas for two to three weeks where they experience firsthand a country’s culture and education system. Teachers meet with key educational stakeholders, visit local schools, and collaborate with local host teachers in their classrooms and schools.  

Alumni Programming: TGC alumni are eligible to compete for alumni grant funding for activities or projects that advance and sustain global education in their classroom. TGC alumni also become part of a large online global community of teachers, connecting them to other teachers to facilitate ongoing sharing and collaboration. 


Project Facts

• Catalysts for Change: Current TGC Fellows have already shared globally focused course materials or concepts with nearly 500 colleagues.

• Leaders in Global Engagement: Since 2011, TGC alumni from over 25 U.S. states have used alumni small grants to develop nearly 50 new projects or courses in their schools that promote global education. 

• In the Classroom: “TGC is an excellent program that broadened our horizons concerning global competencies while also providing practical, ‘in the trenches’ ideas and practices that will help schools of all resource levels implement a global competency approach.