For the past 16 years, the School of Education’s International Training and Education Program (ITEP) has been an interdisciplinary graduate program that provides students with a strong foundation in theory, principles, and practice in international education, development, and intercultural exchange.
“The ITEP program is unique in that it is one of the only international development and education programs with an emphasis on training,” Dr. Emily Morris, Program Director, said. “Students not only learn critical facilitation and analytical skills, but they actively shape the ITEP experience through their international experiences and diverse perspectives. As a community, ITEP students and faculty work together to promote quality education and training opportunities across the globe.”
Dr. Morris joined the SOE faculty this year, bringing rich international experiences to the program. Since 2007, she has been leading a longitudinal research study with educators from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This education partnership seeks to inform gender and equity-responsive policies and programs.
This past semester, ITEP launched the Global Education Forum Monthly Initiative, which provides an opportunity for students and community members to learn from expert practitioners, researchers, and activists on global education affairs. To reach a wide audience, all forum events are free and open to the public, and are live streamed to a global audience.
ITEP has held four Global Education Forum Monthly events, which have acted as catalysts for classroom instruction and curricula:
- ITEP Faculty Research in Action
- A Conversation with Girls’ Education Leaders
- The Role of Education in Migration From The Northern Triangle
- Advancing Education in Muslim Societies
To provide even more exposure to international education, ITEP celebrated the 20th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22. IEW recognizes the importance of international education partnerships, efforts, and opportunities for intercultural exchange around the world.
To commemorate the momentous week, ITEP held two additional events outside of the Global Education Forum Monthly events: A Discussion with Recent Peace Corps Volunteers and A Brown Bag Lunch with Sara J. Musaifer: Nationalism, Belongingness, and Girls' Education in (Post)Colonial Bahrain. Each event attracted audiences in the dozens.
SOE’s ITEP continues to make strides globally by sharing ideas and research at these events and influencing curricula with a global perspective!