College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Comparative and international development education

We are a community of scholars who research education policy and practice in complex, rapidly changing international and intercultural contexts. Our students and faculty examine formal, non-formal, and informal education from global, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspectives. We look at how cultural formations, political institutions, and economic systems influence our educational philosophies and infrastructures. We also dedicate ourselves to enhancing and fostering the understanding of important issues and trends that affect education, such as gender relations, human rights, international relations, and migration.

Students who join our Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) community represent the future scholars, policy analysts, educators, and researchers active in a complex, ever changing, international field. They come from a wide array of educational backgrounds, including history, geography, political science, sociology, economics, education, anthropology, and intercultural studies. They also come from many countries, such as Bahrain, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S., Venezuela, and Zambia. Our students care about social justice and equity, intercultural competence, and contextually-relevant education reform. They are also concerned about the internationalization of education and how students and scholars make sense of their international experiences.

A distinctive feature of our program is the close collaboration between faculty and students in both research and development projects in the U.S. and abroad. Several of these research projects have involved fieldwork by our students in diverse countries and over multiple years. This intensive, hands-on experience in conducting policy-relevant research has contributed to the impressive success of our alumni across the nation and globe in a diverse range of positions in important international and intercultural organizations.

LIIE program alum Deanne Seun at 2018 Commencement


International education graduate minor

A coordinated set of courses designed for students who wish to enter careers in research, consulting, administration, teaching, law, public health, public policy, or many other fields and who desire an international education foundation to supplement their graduate majors or professional fields of study.

Comparative and international development education PhD

This track program prepares you to conduct research and provide sophisticated consultation into how schools and educational systems across the world reflect varied cultural, economic, and political contexts, and how forces like globalization, internationalization, and intercultural and educational exchanges influence individual and community learning and experiences.

Leadership for intercultural and international education PhD

This cohort-based doctorate program option for international educators and those interested in leadership in international/intercultural contexts, is oriented toward working professionals and is specifically designed to meet the needs of leaders working in highly diverse organizational settings.

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