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A Unique Training Program

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If these questions inspire you, American University's International Training and Education Program (ITEP) 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 is a 36 credit hour program with a structured curriculum aligned 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 M.A. 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.

 

Alumni Spotlight

Kwame joined ITEP in 2015 after two years of teaching in Japan, a year of teaching English in Jamaica, and a year as a Princeton in Africa Fellow in Botswana. In 2016 he served as a summer service-learning fellow in Myanmar, working with disadvantaged students at a monastic education school. Kwame's M.A. capstone was a design of a study abroad course on diversity and higher education in Jamaica

 

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.

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 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.

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

A Look Inside ITEP

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An inside look at the International Training and Education Master's Program at American University.