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International Education Emphasis

Faculty Lead: Cheryl McElvain

Advisors: Cheryl McElvainPedro Hernández-RamosKeith Yocam

This emphasis is designed for students interested in learning about and understanding the complexities of educational practice around the world, with the goal of finding creative solutions. Through rigorous coursework, students are prepared to work with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the private and public sector in a wide variety of functions, with an emphasis on developing expertise to create innovative educational programs for the most vulnerable and underserved populations. An optional study abroad experience offers students an international internship working for social enterprises in multiple education fields.

Required Core Courses

All MA-IDE candidates, regardless of which emphasis area they are pursuing, are expected to take the following 3-unit core courses:

  • EDUC 293/CPSY 243 — Teaching Non-Conventional Youth / At Risk, Non-Conventional Youth
  • EDUC 446 — Working with Diverse Communities
  • EDUC 450 — Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning
  • EDUC 453 — Assessment and Interpretation of Student Learning
  • EDUC 470 — Advanced Theory and Practice of Environment Education
  • EDUC 490 — Educational Research Methods
  • EDUC 496 — Education and Social Justice

International Education Emphasis courses:

  • EDUC 422 — Foundations of Comparative International Education
  • EDUC 423 — International Perspectives on Equity and Education
  • EDUC 498 — Global Education Entrepreneurship
  • EDUC 500 — Foundations of International Education Politics and Policies

Culminating Option

There are two choices for a culminating option: an Action Research project or an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio).

  • Action Research Project—Students selecting this option must complete a two- course sequence: EDUC 454-Action Research and EDUC 455-Action Research Project.
  • ePortfolio—This option requires students to complete EDUC 362-School Organization and EDUC 499-Assessment and ePortfolio.

Action Research project. Students must enroll in the two-course sequence (EDUC 454 and EDUC 455) designed to help them plan, implement, and report on an action research project. Students may choose to sign up for three additional units of independent study (EDUC 410) if needed to complete their projects (i.e., projects were not completed by the end of EDUC 455). This option is particularly useful for practicing teachers/educators. Under the supervision of the instructor(s) for EDUC 454 and EDUC 455, students must secure approval from SCU’s Human Subjects Committee as part of the action research process. Details about the process to apply for project review are available at the “Research with Human Subjects” web page

Electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio). Under the supervision of the course instructor for EDUC 499–Assessment and Electronic Portfolio, students create an electronic portfolio that summarizes their experience in the MA-IDE program. Students use SCU’s ePortfolio system, Digication, to assemble a curated collection of materials and reflections. This option is open to all candidates, including practicing teachers/educators. Students interested in this option should carefully save all materials related to the courses they take during the program (e.g., syllabi, papers, midterms, final projects, in-class exercises, etc.) as these may become artifacts in their ePortfolios.

Upcoming Deadlines

Summer, 2017 Rolling admissions on a space available basis
Fall, 2017 June 1, 2017
Winter, 2018 October 10, 2017
Summer, 2017 Rolling admissions on a space available basis
Fall, 2017 Rolling admissions on a space available basis


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