The International Training and Education Program (ITEP) is a
multi-disciplinary master’s program that focuses on education in a variety of
global and cross-cultural settings. Our students have interests as diverse as the
internationalization of higher education, cultural exchange through outdoor
leadership, integration of formal education and Islamic schools in Niger, and
study abroad advising for students with disabilities. Our program
encourages students to create a program of study that focuses on their own
interests, bringing their international experiences into their research papers
in all of their courses. While their required courses are structured,
students can take elective courses within the School of Education or in other
Schools across American University and even at other Consortium Universities,
which further offers students a means of developing a multi-disciplinary course
The core courses focus on combining a strong theoretical background
in the foundations and practice of education with solid skills and experiences
in areas such as policy formulation, program design and management, training,
and inter-cultural learning. This is a 36-credit program and most students
finish in 2 years. All required core courses and the majority of elective
courses take place in the evening. Most ITEP students work either part-time or
full-time while completing their studies. There are 24 credit hours (eight
courses) of core, required courses, and 12 credit hours of electives (4
courses). A mandatory capstone class rounds off their ITEP experience
and gives students a chance to create their own original research or program.
ITEP gives the option of four concentrations as a sampling
of the greater field of international education, but students are welcome to
combine concentrations or delve into something else that may more closely align
with their career trajectory. International Development Education,
International Exchange and Study Abroad, Global Health, and Global Education
are just a few options of study focus from which students can choose.
Each student works closely with the faculty and staff to create a program of
study tailored to their specific interests and experiences.
ITEP strives for a diverse student population, not only in
their ancestry but also by bringing international experiences from the four
corners of the globe and sharing these cultural exchanges in the classroom
conversation. All students have at least 6 months of experience living
abroad, many speak several languages, and quite a few are Return Peace Corps
Volunteers, as well as Fulbright and JET program alumni. Students can get up to
6 credits waived for volunteer service abroad and ITEP offer some advanced
credit for other overseas teaching and volunteer programs (minimum of one
ITEP is the only graduate program in the field of
international education with a focus on cross-cultural and global training. ITEP’s
training focus is unique in the field globally. Students are required to take a
basic course on training and facilitation and we offer advanced courses in
training skills as well as specialized skills institutes to prepare students
for training in diverse contexts, online contexts, etc. Many of our alumni
work in the training field helping to train teachers globally or facilitate
cross-cultural training in non-profits and universities, or in training
positions for the U.S. State Department, Foreign Service, or INGOs. This
preparation of skilled practitioners in training and facilitation in diverse,
cross-cultural contexts is in high demand by employers. This training and
facilitation focus applies equally to students entering development (alumni
train teachers in the Global South) as well as those entering the
cross-cultural exchange side (alumni develop trainings for study abroad
ITEP faculty believe we are here to help train future
leaders in the field to ask the “big questions” and think outside the box (and
not just evaluate and implement other people’s ideas). ITEP offers
examples of this in its bi-annual Global Education Forum, which brings a panel
of practitioners and faculty together to discuss trends and current issues in
international education and asks questions of how universities can address
these challenges and what faculty need to implement to foster awareness and
skills in students to address big issues.
Both returning Peace Corps volunteers and JET alumni are eligible for up to a six credit waiver. Credit waivers for other international teaching experience through Fulbright or other programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
ITEP is currently recruiting students for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 admission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Application information can be found at CAS graduate admissions. Admission is on a rolling basis, however,the submission deadline for merit award consideration is February 1st. The GRE is optional, not required.
Students interested in learning about ITEP are invited to attend the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Open Houses. One open house is offered in each fall and spring semester. CAS is also happy to schedule campus visits for any individuals who are unable to attend an open house. For specific program questions or to sit in on an evening ITEP class, email the ITEP Graduate Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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