Introducing the First Master’s in Education of Its Kind

DePaul University will launch its master’s of education program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship, based on the ideals of Soka education.

DePaul University’s College of Education, where the master’s of education in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship is set to launch on Jan. 2, 2018, Chicago. Photo: Courtesy of DePaul University.

On Jan. 2, 2018, DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university, will launch its master’s of education in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship, offering a comprehensive examination of the educational philosophies and practices of Soka educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda.

The first degree program of its kind in the world, it engages students in understanding and applying value-creating education for global citizenship in theory, research, policy and practice in local and global contexts.

“The purpose of education is to foster global citizens
who can create value for oneself and others.”

Program Director Jason Goulah said the title of the new master’s program, Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s 1996 lecture at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he put forth the notion of fostering global citizens who could contribute to solving the world’s pressing and intractable problems.

“The purpose of education is to foster global citizens who can create value for oneself and others,” Dr. Goulah said. “A master’s program that can teach educators how to foster this capacity in students is what the world requires.”

DePaul University, founded in 1898, is located in Chicago. In 2014, its College of Education opened the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education. In December 2015, DePaul University issued Daisaku Ikeda an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his efforts in education and peace building.

DePaul is among the 10 largest private universities in the United States. Its name and fundamental mission are derived from St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660), who, as the patron saint of charities, was known and praised for working on behalf of the sick and the poor. He founded the Congregation of the Mission, a religious community whose members, Vincentians, established and continue to sponsor DePaul.


Highlights of the new program:

– Offers two tracks: fully online or in person.

– Offers the only degree opportunity worldwide to study Messrs. Makiguchi’s, Toda’s and Ikeda’s educational ideas and texts in English.

– 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.

– Taught by the foremost international scholars, translators, practitioners and students of value-creating education from Argentina, India, Japan and the U.S. Faculty are equipped to address the linguistic, cultural and educational interests and expectations of a broad range of international students working in English.

– 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.

– A certificate program in Value- Creating Education for Global Citizenship will soon be introduced for people whose interests do not fully align with the master’s degree program.

Application Deadlines The Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and
summer, starting with:

Winter deadline:
Dec. 1, 2017

Spring deadline:
March 1, 2018

Summer deadline:
May 1, 2018

For more details about the program, visit and type
“Value-Creating Educationfor Global Citizenship” in
the “DePaul Shortcuts”search engine in the top,
right-hand corner, or click here.



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