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Director, International Training and Education Program

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Associate Professor
Director, International Training and Education Program

Photographer: Jeff Watts

In The Interpretation of Cultures, anthropologist Clifford Geertz wrote that it is "in the cultural particularities of people—in their oddities— that some of the most instructive revelations of what it is to be generically human are to be found." The same could well be said of the cultural differences among education and schooling systems across the globe. How any given society decides to educate its members—formally and informally, from cradle to grave—reveals much about the kinds of social norms, values, and beliefs that shape individuals' and groups' life trajectories and opportunities. 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 you are inspired by these kinds of questions, you may well be interested in American University's International Training and Education Program (ITEP). The 36-credit master of arts degree in ITEP will allow you to concentrate your study in international development education, global health, international exchange and study abroad, or global education. You will learn how education systems work around the globe and gain knowledge, skills, and experiences in international development and education policies. You can develop expertise in cross-cultural exchange programming or acquire skills in training and program design and evaluation methods. When you graduate, you will 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.

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. We welcome phone and e-mail inquiries and encourage you to visit American University to witness first-hand what we do in ITEP. We are proud of our commitment and of our excellence, and welcome inquiries from all who aspire to work toward our shared goals.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Associate Professor
Director, International Training and Education Program

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Photographer: Jeff Watts

Laughing during the Global Education Forum with colleague Christian Bracho

ITEP Graduate Assistant

Broguen Whetstone

Broguen Whetstone - ITEP Graduate Asssitant

Hello and welcome to the International Training and Education Program at American University. My name is Broguen Whetstone and I am the ITEP graduate assistant. I answer questions from prospective students about the program, the application process, and any other question that may come up during your search for the master's program that fits your needs best. If you are interested in visiting the campus and sitting in on a lecture, I can arrange that for you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Sign up for our newsletter and always be in the loop about ITEP events, jobs, and internship opportunities in DC. Or friend ITEP on Facebook and get in touch with us.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at AU soon!


ITEP Coordinator

Ophira Bansal

Ophira Bansal, Part-Time Program Coordinator

As the ITEP coordinator, I am here to advise students in course registration, assist with any paperwork for receiving Peace Corps credits, transferred credits, or consortium classes. I would be happy to explain the course concentrations to you and help you create a program of study. Please stop by my office and say "Hello!"

Fall Semester Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Gray Hall 123


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