The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce STEM Innovations and Global Competence — a free, self-paced online course for U.S. educators!

STEM Innovations and Global Competence focuses on the intersection of STEM subjects and global competence. Global competence and global collaboration are essential to progress in the overlapping fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The interconnectedness of our world and the rise of new technologies demand that students be prepared to work across borders. To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, students will need a set of specific skills that will enable them to fully participate, problem solve, and adapt in our changing world. The ability to engage with multiple perspectives in the pursuit of knowledge will be key to their success. Global competence in STEM requires today’s students to recognize their responsibilities to both the local and global community and to develop and apply knowledge in culturally appropriate, relevant, and sustainable ways.

Learn more and start today! STEM Innovations and Global Competence offers: 

• A 5-hour massive open online course

• Lesson plans and videos applicable across content areas and grade levels

• Testimonials from expert teachers across the United States

• Threaded discussions with colleagues

• Practical classroom tools and techniques

• Opportunity to earn certified continuing education units

Educators who successfully complete the course will receive a U.S. Department of State Global STEM Educator badge and certificate noting five hours of independent professional learning.  

The course will be open April – September 2022. Enrollees will work at their own pace to complete the five hours of asynchronous instruction. STEM Innovations and Global Competence is the latest course in the U.S. Department of State's Teacher Suite, which includes three other courses designed by global educators.

Download information about this course as a PDF.