January 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of the master’s degree program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (VCE). Since its launch, the program has offered seven courses on the educational perspectives and practices of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda. Below is a summary of these courses. DePaul is now accepting applications for the program. Also, stay tuned for videos for a sneak peek into some of the courses!



VCE 511: Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (2) (Winter 2018)

VCE Makiguchi Class
Professor Gebert giving lecture by the river

Students examine Makiguchi’s key concepts such as value, value creation, and knowing and believing based on his later educational writings, and they explore applications of these concepts in their current contexts and practice.



VCE 520: Josei Toda’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (Winter 2018)

A slide from VCE 520

Students in this course access, discuss, and apply Toda’s educational methods of deductive reasoning and assessment and read from his earliest published book on education titled On Secondary School Entrance Examinations and Enhancing Performance of [Your] Children.




VCE 532: Daisaku Ikeda’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (2) Dialogues (Spring 2018)

VCE Dialogue Class with Jim Garrison
Visual classroom with Jim Garrison

After students read from Ikeda’s many published dialogues, they explore and enact his approach to dialogue. Last year, students in this class also engaged guest lecturer Jim Garrison, prominent Dewey scholar and Ikeda’s interlocutor in the award-winning book, Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century.





VCE 533: Daisaku Ikeda’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (3) Peace Proposals (Summer 2018)

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The Treaty of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [Photo © ICAN]

Ikeda has released peace proposals every year since 1983. Reading through selected proposals, students in this class explore Ikeda’s communicative and educative strategies regarding pressing global issues and conceptualize applications to their own academic and professional practice.



VCE 550: Education for Global Citizenship (Summer 2018)

Gonzalo giving a visual class
Professor Obelleiro giving a lecture on four kinds of cosmopolitanism

This course examines education for global citizenship from its historical development in the Western philosophical tradition and into its most recent incarnation as a response to conditions of globalization. Last year, students developed projects that apply key concepts on global citizenship, such as Ikeda’s proposed elements of wisdom, courage, and compassion, to their own context.




VCE 510: Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (1) (Fall 2018)

Self-mapping exercise
Scenes from the “self-mapping” exercise

Students explore Makiguchi’s early education writings centered on human geography and community studies, considering the rich historical and geographical background underpinning his perspectives and practices. Based on these ideas, this year student conducted “self-mapping” in which they analyzed their interests and positions within their natural and social environment.




VCE 540: Theoretical Foundations of Value-Creating Education (Fall 2018)

Professor Obelleiro answering students’ questions

In this course, students read major works from Kant, Pestalozzi, Herbart, and Dewey, all of whom had significant influence on Makiguchi. Through reading the works of these philosophers, students reflect on the values and commitments underlining value-creating education and their own educational practices.

More information about the MEd program can be found here.

The application deadline for Spring 2019 is March 1.

VCE also offers Micro- and Macro-credentials respectively comprising four and seven of the degree courses at half the cost. Application is not required for credential options. Please visit here for more information.

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education now offers the Value-Creating Education Scholarship to enrolled MEd students. The scholarship provides $15,000 toward degree tuition.

If you have any questions, please contact the program director, Jason Goulah at jgoulah@depaul.edu.