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MA in International Training and Education

ITEP students Fall 2014 cohort

The International Training and Education Program (ITEP) is a multidisciplinary master’s program that focuses on education as an instrument of international development and as a means of promoting cross-cultural understanding.

The master's program provides students with a strong theoretical background in the foundations and practice of education coupled with solid knowledge, skills, and experiences in policy formulation, program/project design and management, training program design, and intercultural learning. In today’s global environment, international education specialists play an increasingly important role as teachers, trainers, administrators, program and project managers, and change agents for improved social justice and welfare.

ITEP emphasizes practical application of academic work and career development. Our students take advantage of ITEP’s faculty contacts and alumni network for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. 

The master's degree in international training and education prepares students for professional careers in international development education, international exchange and study abroad, or global education. ITEP’s location in the nation’s capital gives students an ideal opportunity to take advantage of its proximity to a plethora of international organizations. Some of the places our graduates are working include the American Councils, Creative Associates International, CARE, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, National Institutes of Health, Peace Corps, Save the Children, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, World Learning, and World Vision.

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Program Concentrations

International Development Education: The international development education track focuses on core issues related to education in the global South and developing areas of the world, including: challenges related to global financial institution lending practices, their educational philosophies and goals;intersections of education with conflict, political, social, and/or economic transition, health, nutrition, and migration;issues related to gender or minority group educational access and equity;the role of non-formal education and training;and educational reform, policies, and change in the context of globalization. Graduates typically go on to work in international aid agencies; governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations, often in overseas settings.

International Exchange and Study Abroad: The international exchange and study abroad track focuses on preparing the next generation of critically aware professionals involved in the creation and administration of study abroad and cultural exchange programs. Students in this track learn about the history and underlying philosophies of cultural and diplomatic exchange, engage in current debates over the role and purpose of exchange, analyze new trends in the field, and refine their skills in the development and management of study abroad and international exchange programs. Graduates typically go on to work in university study abroad and offices of international students and scholars;in government agencies for cultural and educational exchange;and in non-governmental organizations focused on international exchange.

Global Education: The global education track focuses on internationalizing pre K-12 education, aimed in particular at helping schools and governments develop richer global content in social studies and history curriculum, improving bilingual education, and improving TESOL instruction. Students in this track learn about the underlying philosophies and approaches to global education, second-language learning, educational reform, educational equity, immigration and education, and issues related to primary and secondary schooling globally. Graduates typically go on to work in public and private school systems in the U.S. or abroad, including international baccalaureate schools or other international schools overseas, or for government and non-government agencies and organizations focused on early childhood, primary and secondary education.

Global Health: The global health track is focused on intersections of education and health globally, from HIV/AIDS education to prenatal nutrition and school de-worming programs. Students in this track gain skills in assessing, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote improved health, advocacy and awareness in global communities in the U.S. and abroad, drawing on the expertise of faculty who focus on health education and health promotion. Graduates typically go on to work in global contexts for international non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, foundations and aid organizations.

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Get an inside look into the International Training and Education Master's Program. Faculty and alumni discuss what sets this program apart from others.

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Simply Equal Education

Simply Equal Education

ITEP master’s students run Simply Equal Education nonprofit benefiting West African schools.

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