Strengthening Extension's Capacity for International Engagement

This is a needs-based, national curriculum to build the international skills of Extension personnel by strengthening educators' ability to develop activities relevant to the global realities of their location. The curriculum may also be used for programming in local communities. 

The curriculum was originally developed in 2003 by Purdue University, in partnership with Iowa State, Ohio State and Florida A&M. It was funded by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and the National Initiative to Internationalize Extension. The goal was to develop a national, web-based staff development curriculum to internationalize extension. The curriculum was launched in 2004 and is being used across the nation for professional development and graduate education. In 2008, the partners regrouped and are currently in the process of updating and revising it.

Program Funding


University Partners

  • Purdue University
  • Florida A & M University
  • Iowa State University
  • Ohio State University

The Eight Modules

Start with the first module, Building Cultural Competencies. Each module may include an overview, detailed instructional plans, worksheets, activities, and presentations.

Module 1: Building Cultural Competencies

Module 2: Assessing Strengths of Your Community

Module 3: Facilitating Workforce Development

Module 4: Cultivating Community Leadership

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