Introduction to NCTA

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to foster a permanent place for the teaching and study of East Asia at the middle and secondary school levels. The objectives of the program are accomplished through a lifelong approach to professional development: Teaching about Asia seminars, curriculum development, texts and resources, continuing education programs and study tours to East Asia.

Current seminars: The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University coordinates the 36 hour seminar in Ohio, including a 30 hour summer seminar over the course of a week, an orientation and follow up event.  This seminar is supported by the University of Pittsburgh NCTA national coordinating site, Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.

For further information on NCTA programs around the country, see

Past seminars: Between 2004 and 2016, the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University collaborated with other colleges and universities around the state of Ohio to offer Teaching about Asia seminars in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, Toledo and Wooster. These thirty-hour seminars have given the teachers who participated a strong background in Chinese, Japanese and Korean history and culture, which they have passed on to Ohio middle and high school students. The Ohio State University has also led program graduates on study tours to China, Japan and Korea, and maintains a bank of East Asia lesson plans created by program graduates.  The NCTA-Ohio seminars were coordinated by the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University with the support of its NCTA national coordinating site, the Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center.