In order to best prepare Illinois students for career and citizenship, they must learn to navigate and achieve in an increasingly competitive and globalized world. The Illinois Global Scholar Certificate responds to a growing body of research and data that suggest future careers will depend heavily upon the ability of students to work and collaborate in multiple cultural contexts.

The Illinois Global Scholar Certificate awards merit, on the state transcript, to students who have attained global skills and knowledge through academic coursework, globally-focused service learning, global collaboration, and the successful completion of a capstone project.

The state requirements to receive the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate include:
(1) Globally-focused Coursework
(2) Globally-focused Service Learning
(3) Global Collaboration or Dialogue
(4) A Performance-based Capstone Assessment

Certificate Qualifications

1. Globally-focused Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 8 courses that have been identified by the school district as having a strong global focus. Though additional courses may be added in the future, the current list of qualifying courses includes:

Globally-focused Courses by Department
Career & Technical Education: ● International Business
● Supervised Agriscience Experience (Project must be approved by D203 Global Scholar Committee)
STEM/CTE Capstone (Project must be approved by D203 Global Scholar Committee)
Communication Arts ● English Literature
● Themes in Western Literature and Art
● World Literature
Fine Arts ● AP Art History
Blended AP Art History
Science ● AP Environmental Science
STEM/SCIENCE/CTE Capstone(Project must be approved by D203 Global Scholar Committee)
Social Studies ● AP Comparative Government & Politics
● AP European History
● AP European History
● AP Human Geography
● Online AP Human Geography
● AP Macro Economics
● AP World History
● Blended AP World History
● World History
● Blended World History
● Comparative Religions
● Blended Comparative Religions
● Cultural Anthropology
● Blended Humanities Capstone
● Peace and Conflict Studies
● Special Topics: Genocide
● World Cultures
World & Classical Languages ● Chinese (All Levels)
● French (All Levels)
● German (All Levels)
● Latin (All Levels)
● Spanish (All Levels)
English Learner Classes ● EL Beginning
● EL Intermediate
● EL Advanced Intermediate
● EL Advanced
● English 1 (SE) (#C12091-C12092)
● EL World Cultures
● EL American Government
● EL US History

Please note:
● Only courses taken during high school meet state requirements.
● Each of the above courses, whether semester-long or year-long, count as one of the eight
required courses.
● A capstone course, which is required to complete the Illinois Global Scholar Performance-based
Capstone Assessment, qualifies and counts as one of the eight required courses.
● Students must complete courses in a minimum of two academic disciplines.

Globally-focused Service Learning. Students will engage in at least one sustained, globally-focused service learning activity, program or project that has been approved by the school district and monitored by designated District 203 staff.

Global Collaboration or Dialogue. Students will collaborate with global peers through virtual or in person dialogue or collaborative projects approved by the school district and monitored by designated District 203 staff.

Performance-based Capstone Assessment Task. Students must receive a score of PASS on the Illinois Global Scholar Performance-based Assessment. This project requires students to investigate and take action to improve a global concern. In District 203, completion of the Illinois Global Scholar Performance-based Capstone Assessment must be completed in Humanities Capstone or STEM Capstone.

IMPORTANT: In order to be enrolled in the Capstone Course and be considered for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate, students must submit a capstone proposal form (a google form) during the course enrollment period. A link to this proposal form will be available on the school website and sent out via email during the course enrollment period. Email sbrady@naperville203.org, rsmith@naperville203.org (NCHS) or jweigand@naperville203.org if you need this link.

For more information about the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate, please go to www.global-illinois.org or contact Seth Brady at sbrady@naperville203.org or Randall Smith at rsmith@naperville203.org