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A Training Program Like No Other

Who has access to schools, and what are the outcomes for disadvantaged members of society? What role does education play in fostering or hindering individual and social change? What are the cultural assumptions and norms underpinning development assistance or exchange and study abroad programs? What role does education play in global health crises and challenges, or in emergencies, conflict and post-conflict settings? How are controversial histories taught?

If these kinds of questions inspire you, American University's International Training and Education Program (ITEP) may be the right fit.

ITEP is the only graduate program in the field of international education with a focus on cross-cultural and global training.

ITEP's rigorous curriculum gives students a strong 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.

ITEP is a 36 credit hour program. Most students take two years to complete the program, but the MA can be completed in as little as 15 months including summer study. The ITEP program has a structured curriculum aligned with specific learning goals around key content areas in education, equity, and culture as well as applied skills like grant writing, quantitative evaluation and research skills, program design and training skills, and analytical writing; a capstone/thesis class is the culminating student experience. Students design their own elective sequence based on their interests.

ITEP's core faculty are leaders in the field of international and comparative education. Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a sociologist with expertise in far right extremism and in university internationalization. Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Worden is an international educator who works on education post-conflict. Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Steele is an accomplished quantitative researcher who teaches statistics and program evaluation courses in the program. A new full-time faculty member will join ITEP in fall 2017 with expertise on education in the global south.

In ITEP, we bring together committed faculty, staff, and students whose academic backgrounds and international experiences are rich and varied; this mix informs the teaching and learning in the program. We also work to ensure that all who join the program can take full advantage of the culturally and educationally enriching resources of Washington, DC, one of the great global cities. Many ITEP graduates seek employment with organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, the Peace Corps, the Department of State and USAID, domestic and overseas universities, K-12 schools, or a variety of other governmental or international non-governmental organizations and agencies.

Alumni Spotlight

Kwame joined ITEP after two years teaching in Japan, one year as a Princeton in Africa Fellow in Botswana, and one year teaching English in Jamaica. In 2016 he served as a summer service-learning fellow in Myanmar, working with disadvantaged students at a monastic education school. As part of his MA capstone Kwame designed a study abroad course on diversity and higher ed in Jamaica, which ITEP hopes to offer as an elective in 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many ITEP graduates seek employment with organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, the Peace Corps, the Department of State and USAID, domestic and overseas universities, K-12 schools, or a variety of other governmental or international non-governmental organizations and agencies.

Yes. Candidates are required to have significant international experience in order to apply—generally at least a semester of study abroad, with a strong preference for candidates who have worked and taught professionally in a country other than the one of their birth. 

About a third of our current students are returning Peace Corps volunteers or taught overseas through the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program), Fulbright, World Teach or other programs.

ITEP is a 36 credit hour program with both full-time and part-time options.

Most students take two years to complete the program, but the MA can be completed in as little as 15 months, including summer study.

Students can transfer in a maximum of 12 credits from another university provided that these credits have been earned at the master's level from an accredited institution, and is relevant to the ITEP program of study.

Students can have up to 6 credits waived for volunteer teaching service overseas (minimum of one year teaching). Students who have provided service to the Peace Corps, or have participated in teaching programs with additional ambassadorial duties such as Fulbright, and the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, are also eligible for up to six waived credits. Additional programs may be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.

Students may begin the program in the Fall or Spring semester. Both full time and part time schedules are available, though international students are required to be in full-time status during the entire program of study (with special exceptions made in the final semester of study).

To accommodate students who work full time, most classes are offered at 5:30pm or 8:30pm.

Still have questions? Send us an email: itep@american.edu

A Look Inside ITEP

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