The specialization in international education provides educators with the opportunity to study the role of education in the context of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and other developing areas. International education has courses related to both formal and non-formal education theory and practice; education for children, adolescents and adults; and basic, primary, secondary, and higher education in developing countries. Students may focus on a wide variety of topics in international education, including comparative education, education reform, policy issues, teacher quality and development, institutional capacity building, project planning/management/monitoring and evaluation, social theories of education, education in crisis and conflict contexts, and gender issues in development.

Students in international education are expected to become aware of social justice issues in education and to understand participatory and popular education approaches to education. Graduates should have developed an in-depth awareness of cultural differences and the ability to apply critical theory and pedagogy in both schools and communities in domestic and/or international settings.