Master's in International Education

To ensure constructive leadership and improvements in our global community, we must address critical education issues concerning education reform and social justice on a world-wide scale. Whether it is through an emphasis on formal schooling, higher education institutions, or education in war zones, refugee camps, nomadic villages, and other unusual settings, international education professionals are prepared to bring about improvements in developing education systems.

This program is designed for persons who are entering or advancing in positions associated with training, education, adult learning, and development activities in diverse settings that require international understanding. At GW, a Master’s degree in International Education gives you the opportunity to choose from three specializations: International higher education, international education development, and global education. Students acquire knowledge of other countries and cultures, using the education system as a means of interpreting and translating knowledge across cultures and analysis of the formal and non-formal school systems as they reflect history, culture, development, values, contemporary concerns, and future trends. In addition, students acquire tools, methods, and habits of analysis that enable them to play a variety of roles as leaders and change agents. GW's International Education program recognizes the importance of rich theoretical perspectives, but also steps out into the complexities of the real world through examining the actual practice of education in specific regional contexts.

This program houses the GW UNESCO Chair for International Education & Development, one of only two education schools selected from world-wide competition.  Learn more about the mission and activities associated with this prestigious honor.

Students interested in teaching English may enroll concurrently in the International Education Masters program and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificate.
Students may also complete an IIE certificate.

Highlights

Why a Master's in International Education?

Location: The GSEHD International Education program has a rich history of training students to lead and address critical education issues in international organizations, government, business and non-profit organizations. Students have access to global opportunities within walking distance of campus. Embassies, the World Bank, the U.S. government and over 100 non-profits based in Washington, DC, influence the course of global education. Students are well positioned to take advantage of internships and professional networks, development and employment opportunities, as well as pioneering research, lectures, and policy events. GSEHD offers students access to opinion leaders and the opportunity to learn from our faculty who are leading experts on global policy trends, assessments, politics, conflict and education, student exchange, access, equity and inclusion, global citizenship and migration.

Home to the UNESCO Chair: one of only two education schools selected from world-wide competition, GSEHD and UNESCO initiatives promote equitable access to quality education for all and offer scholarships for study abroad.
Study Abroad: Students in the International Education program may have the opportunity to participate in short term study abroad trips for course credit. These opportunities allow students to further their work as scholar-practitioners through exposure to and research of other international perspectives.
Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.

Curriculum

Required: 30 credits, including 18 credits in required courses, 9 credits in courses in a specialization, and 3 credits in elective courses.

REQUIRED COURSES:
EDUC 6112 Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
or EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research
or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics

FIVE of THE FOLLOWING:

EDUC 6601 International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602 Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610 Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620 Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6630 International Experiences
EDUC 6631 Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640 Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6660: Capstone in International Education

Education and Development Study Stream
EDUC 6610Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries
EDUC 6620Planning Education Reform in Developing Countries
Global Education Study Stream
EDUC 6610Migration and Mobility: Exploring Citizenship and Education in the Global Era
EDUC 6615Internationalizing U.S. Schools
International Higher Education Stream
EDUC 6610International Higher Education
EDUC 6620Managing Study Abroad and International Student Offices

SPECIALIZATION: 9 credits in a professional, academic, or regional specialization selected in consultation with the program advisor.

ELECTIVES: 3 credits of approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Up to 6 additional credit hours of internship may be required for students who do not have international education related experience.

Faculty
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0623
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-2770
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4672
Career Outlook

Opportunities

Our graduates are improving access, equity and the experience of education across the nation and around the world. You will find our graduates leading at:

  • USAID
  • Georgetown University, BMW Center for German and European Studies
  • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • Education Development Center
  • George Mason University International Student Services
  • Institute of international Education
  • British Council
  • American School of Mozambique
  • Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies
  • WomenOne
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Study Abroad/Foreign Student & Scholar Office
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • University of Maryland, International Scholar and Student Services
Admissions

Admissions

Program Entry: Summer, Fall
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

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In the News

GSEHD alumna and former Program Assistant for the International Education Program Nenelwa Tomi (master's, International Education) has been selected as a Fulbright award recipient to South Africa for 2018-2019. She will be working as an English Teaching Assistant at the University of Mpumalanga.

GSEHD student Emily Hall (master's, International Education and President of the International Education Association) has been awarded a research grant from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for her master's thesis project. Her thesis project, entitled "Understanding Quality Education in the Local Context: Insights from School Leaders, Teachers, and Parents in Gorkha, Nepal," is an exploratory study which will focus on collecting local perspectives on the components of quality education at three rural government schools in Nepal. The study will be conducted in the village where Ms. Hall was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant from 2014-2015. In spring 2019, she will present her research findings at an event sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

GSEHD student and 2018 GW UNESCO Fellow Tamara Oki (master's, International Education) discusses her research on female teacher representation and the achievement of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa in IIEP UNESCO video.

GSEHD alumnus Tyler Savoy (master's, International Education), a senior program officer with the U.S. Department of State, was awarded a Meritorious Honor Award by the Department for his outstanding efforts in improving training programs at embassies and consulates around the world.

GSEHD student Sierra Janjua (master's, International Education) coauthored a book chapter titled, "Technical and Vocational Education in Jordan's Higher Education System" with Dr. Uttam Gaulee from Morgan State University. The chapter, which appears in the book Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure, explores Jordan's higher education system with emphasis on community colleges and how they can better serve refugees and women in this context.