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Dr. Jermain Griffin teaching Comparative International Education

A Unique Training Program

If these questions inspire you, American University's International Training and Education Program may be the right fit:

  • Who has access to schools?
  • 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?

ITEP's rigorous curriculum gives students a strong background in the foundations, practice and principles of social justice, along with skills, and experiences in policy formulation, program/project design and management, training program design, and intercultural learning.

ITEP's structured curriculum aligns with specific learning objectives around key content areas in education, equity and culture. Additional objectives include applied skills such as grant writing, quantitative evaluation and research skills, program design and training skills, and analytical writing. A capstone/thesis course is the culminating student experience. Students design their own elective sequence based on their individual interests. Most students complete the program in 2 years; however, the MA can be obtained in as little as 15 months including summer study. Students have the flexibility to choose to study at a part time or full time pace.

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 a prolific researcher who specializes in post-conflict education, including education and transitional justice and international exchange. Dr. Jermain Griffin is a valuable new addition to the ITEP faculty as Professional Lecturer whose research includes higher education in the global south.

ITEP brings together a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students whose academic backgrounds and international experiences are rich and varied; this diverse educational and experiential background enhances the value of conversation in the classroom. Because of our location in Washington, D.C. – a city well known for its global diversity – we work to ensure that all who join the program can take full advantage of the culturally and educationally enriching resources available in the city.  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.


Events & Announcements

Global Education Forum: Hate Comes to Campus

Registration now open for our two-part 2019 Forum on March 28. See also: Europe Now Journal Spotlight.


Urban Leaders Fellow: ITEPer Rachel Smith has been featured in ProFellow’s recent article about her experience on the prestigious Urban Leaders Fellowship!

Faculty Spotlight

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow and Director of Outreach at the UK-based Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. A cultural sociologist, she has spent two decades researching the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of radical and extreme youth culture, most recently through a focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures.

In addition to her academic work, Miller-Idriss writes frequently for mainstream audiences, with recent by-lines in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Le Monde, Salon, and more. She appears regularly in media as an expert source and political commentator, most recently on France 24's The Interview.

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 returned Peace Corps Volunteers or taught overseas through the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program), Fulbright, World Teach or other programs.

Many of our students work while completing the program, so the length of time it takes to finish the required credit hours varies based on student needs. Most students take two years to complete the program, but the MA can be completed in as little as 15 months, including summer study.

transfer credit from accredited institution

Students can transfer in a maximum of 6 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.

credit waiver for volunteer experience

In the past, when ITEP's program was 36 credit hours, incoming students could apply for credit waivers of up to 6 credits based on previous volunteer experience. Because of the reduction of required credits to a 30 hour program, students are no longer eligible for a credit waiver based on previous volunteer experience.

Students may begin the program in the Summer, 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 8:20pm.

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ITEP Global Education Forum


ITEP has been hosting a bi-annual Global Education Forum for the last six years. This fall, the topic was Religion and Education. Panelists included David Bryfman, Donna Denize, Jeffrey Guhin, and Ilham Nasser.