Master's Degree: International Education Concentration

The International Education concentration focuses on issues in international development education and trains practitioner-scholars to work at the policy level and in grassroots programs. The program of study helps bring a global dimension to education in the United States.  Students develop competencies in areas such as literacy and adult learning; alternative approaches to teacher education and schooling; youth in development; project design, implementation, and evaluation; education policy, planning & leadership; and education in post-conflict settings.

Our students are expected to demonstrate an in-depth awareness of cultural differences; the ability to apply critical theory and pedagogy in multiple settings; and practical skills in training, project development, research, and evaluation.  A major focus of the curriculum – both in class and out of class – is the intersection of culture, race, class, gender, and socio-economic status as they influence educational programs and practice.  The combination of academic courses, a participatory community structure, and active involvement in applied projects and research activities are designed to help our graduates develop these skills.


The required Master's Project (see below) integrates students' academic learning and project work. Recent Master's Projects focused on the following topics:

  • "I can see now"- Understanding literacy practices in the context of Afghanistan(2006)
  • Peace Education as a Coexistence and Reconciliation Tool: the Context of the Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan(2006)
  • The Epidemic of the Young: An Overview of the HIV/AIDS Situation and Current Preventive Activities in Uzbekistan(2005)
  • Exploring Gender, Reducing HIV/AIDS: A Training Design For Peer Facilitators of UNICEF Namibia's "My Future is My Choice" Program(2005)
  • Critical assessment of Quality Education in Community Day Secondary Schools in Malawi: A case study of Mulanje District(2005)
  • Preparing the Field for Implementing "Monitoring Learning Achievement" project in Tajikistan, Central Asia(2005)
  • Afghanistan, teacher supply and demand, models, economic analysis, teacher training, teacher resource centers(2005)

Admissions Criteria

The International Education concentration targets early-to-mid-career professionals with at least two years of relevant experience in international field settings.  Applicants should show evidence of commitment to social justice and to creative and innovative activities such as independent study, research projects, or educational materials development.  They should demonstrate the ability to interact with cultures or groups other than their own; the ability to do quality graduate work; strong competence in spoken and written English; fluency in a language other than English; and the ability to complete at least one year, full-time residency. For additional information regarding the admissions process, click here.


Programs of study are individually designed by the candidate and the faculty advisor.  The minimum requirements are for 36 course credits and a Master's project. The Master’s Project serves as a capstone experience for the candidate’s academic study.  The Project is typically a written paper of substantial length (50-100 pp.) and links the candidate’s program of study with future professional work.  As the culmination of the degree program, the Project provides an opportunity for the candidate to conduct an in-depth study on a topic of professional interest.  Projects are frequently developed in the context of CIE’s externally-funded grants and contracts.

Students are required to take two courses:  ED 615Z – Introduction to International Education (1 cr., first semester) and ED 793W – Master’s Seminar in International Education (3 cr., final semester).  The program of study typically takes four semesters to complete. Courses are taken within the International Education concentration and across the College of Education or University, according to the interests and needs of the student.

Contact Information

Concentration Coordinator:  Gretchen Rossman (Professor)

Associated Faculty

David R. Evans (Professor), Sangeeta Kamat (Associate Professor), Jacqueline Mosselson (Associate Professor), Bjorn Nordtveit (Associate Professor), Gretchen Rossman (Professor), Cristine Smith (Associate Professor).