International Education has experienced a growth trend in the last two decades in community colleges, colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. Not only has there been a 40.5% increase in international student enrollment nationwide over the past 10 years, there has also been an interest in professionals pursuing advanced degrees in careers that focus on global learning and international education. According to industry experts, higher degrees are required for evolving careers in this growth field.
The purpose of the Master’s Degree in International Education is to prepare students to serve as practitioners and researchers in the field of international education. A secondary target market are those professionals already working in the field of international education seeking to advance to higher administrative level positions which require advanced degrees. The program is online and can be completed by students located both nationally and regionally.
Possible careers for this market segment include employment within study abroad programs, English as a Second Language initiatives, intensive language programs, international student services, international leadership, and international professional training programs as well as leadership positions in government programs and agencies.
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
In addition to University Requirements:
|Minimum Units for Completion||30|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Additional admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are recommended.
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
The purpose of the Master’s Degree in International Education Leadership is to prepare students to serve as leaders, practitioners, and researchers in the field of international education. The degree is specifically designed to provide cross-disciplinary education in the preparation of globally competent leaders and practitioners in the field of international education. Similarly, incoming students with research agendas will be challenged and prepared to focus on global research interests.
The curriculum, in conjunction with the practicum, offers a comprehensive approach to scholarship in the field of international education. Students examine contemporary issues of international education and policy, and compare and contrast institutional environments and contexts of international higher education. In classes and an internship, they critically analyze global educational issues and inter-cultural topics, apply research processes and approaches to international education topics, and explore and create professional development plans in the field of international education. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to utilize theories and evidence-based practices to inform international leadership issues and practices, and to engage in professional discourse regarding educational matters of global significance.
The Master’s Degree in International Education Leadership is designed for administrators and education professionals who have an interest and/or experience in international contexts. The degree is intended for individuals who are seeking preparation for employment within study abroad programs, English as a Second Language initiatives, intensive language programs, international student services, international professional training programs, and leadership positions in government programs and agencies that focus on internationalism.
Student Learning Outcomes
Individual program admission requirements include:
Take the following 30 units:
Research (3 units):
Select one from:
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.