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ITE Master's International Program

What Is the Master's International Program?

The International Training and Education Program (ITEP) prepares students for professional careers in international development education, international exchange and study abroad, global education or global health. In preparation for their Peace Corps service, students in American University’s International Training and Education Master’s International program will gain invaluable knowledge, skills, and experiences in policy formulation, program/project design, management and evaluation, training program design, comparative perspectives on the role of education across societies, and adult and inter-cultural learning.

How Does It Work?

The program begins at American University with students taking 21 course credits [Fall (9 credits), Spring (9 credits), Summer (3 credits)]. After successful completion of an oral qualifying exam, students then go on to complete their 27 months of Peace Corps service (6 credits) and then return to American University to complete a final semester of coursework in their concentration and their capstone project (9 credits). Concentrations include:

  • International Education Development
  • International Exchange and Study Abroad
  • Global Education
  • Global Health

What Are the Benefits?

In preparation for their Peace Corps service, students in American University’s International Training and Education Master’s International program will gain invaluable knowledge, skills, and experiences in policy formulation, program/project design, management and evaluation, training program design, comparative perspectives on the role of education across societies, and adult and inter-cultural learning. As part of a community that values social justice, equity and educational opportunity, students can take advantage of the culturally and educationally enriching resources and professional opportunities of Washington, D.C., one of the great international cities. As a result, ITEP graduates are scattered throughout the globe working with such organizations as; 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.

Students in the International Training and Education Master's International program receive discounted tuition (equivalent to the cost of up to 6 academic credits). Students are awarded a maximum of 6 credit hours for Peace Corps service.

How Do I Apply?

Admissions Deadline: The deadline to apply for Fall enrollment is February 1 for priority review. Applications received after that date will be processed on a rolling admissions basis. 

Admissions Cycle: Fall

Program Start: August 

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) earned at an accredited college or university
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculated on the last 60 credit hours of course work completed in your undergraduate program and available at the time of application for admission
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better GPA in all relevant graduate work for which a grade has been awarded

Candidates must apply separately to the Peace Corps and ITEP to be accepted into the International Training and Education Master's International program. Successful students begin Peace Corps training and service after they have completed their core academic requirements, which should take approximately three semesters (24 credit hours).

Program Timeline and Coursework

FALL

Year 1 

EDU-598 Comparative and International Education (3 credits)

EDU-610 Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies (3 credits)

EDU-618 Human Growth and Development across the Life Span (3 credits)


Year 2

EDU-xxx Peace Corps Service Field Experience (1 credits)


Year 3

EDU-xxx Peace Corps Service Field Experience (1 credit)


Year 4  

EDU-xxx Peace Corps Service Field Experience (1 credit)

Spring

 

EDU-612 Equity and Educational Opportunity
(3 credits)

EDU-642 Training Program Design
(3 credits) 

EDU-648 Education and Development: Sector Analysis
(3 credits)

 

 

EDU-xxx Peace Corps Service Field Experience (2 credits)

 

 

EDU-xxx Peace Corps Service Field Experience (1 credit)

 

 

EDU-xxx Elective Course (3 credits)

EDU-xxx Elective Course (3 credits) 

EDU-685 Proseminar in International Education (3 credits)

SUMMER 

 

EDU-xxx Elective Course (3 credits)

Questions and More Information

Ms. Ophira Bansal
ITE Master's International Program Coordinator
Gray Hall 222

Phone: 202-885-3740 | Fax: 202-885-1187

bansal@american.edu

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FAQs

1. How long will it take to complete the program?

If students begin both the Peace Corps and the Master's International program at the same time, they will generally complete the program in about 4 years (27 months of Peace Corps service + roughly 4 academic semesters of graduate coursework).  

2. I am already enrolled in the ITEP program. 

Am I eligible for the Master's International program? If students are in their first year of ITEP, they may still be eligible for the Master's International program. We encourage you to get in touch with your Peace Corps recruiter and your academic advisor right away to begin your planning.  

3. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). Do I receive any benefits of the Master's International program if I enroll in ITEP?  

Though RPCVs do not formally enter the Master's International program, ITEP strongly values completed Peace Corps experience in the application process. RPCVs are offered application fee waivers.

4. What degree will I receive after completing the Master's International program?

After successful completion of the program, students receive a Master's in International Training and Education (MA ITE).