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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

International & Comparative Education (M.A.)

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Distinguished Professor: S. Peterson (Interim Dean)
Professors of Practice: C. Chabbott, A. Winters, M. Zaalouk
Associate Professors of Practice: R. Hozayin, P. Norman
Post-Doctoral Fellows: F. McNerney, Y. Zhao


In addition to AUC general admission requirements for all MA programs, it is recommended that applicants for the Master of Arts degree in International & Comparative Education have school-based teaching or educational leadership experience prior to admission into the program, or they will acquire this experience concurrently with the program.


Applicants who are not native speakers of English will be required to demonstrate on the TOEFL with TWE that their command of English is adequate for study in the program.


Students who enter the program with no documented school-based experience (either as a teacher or school administrator)  will be required to take an additional 3-credit supervised field work course (for a total of 12 courses/36 credits).

EDUC 595 - Supervised Fieldwork 

Master of Arts in International & Comparative Education

A total of 36 credit hours (12 courses) are required for MA students with no previous school-based teaching or leadership experience. Those MA students with documented school-based field experience must take 33 credit hours (11 courses). Students may pass content examinations in human development, learning theories, teaching methods and instructional practice in lieu of two electives in their respective concentration. In these cases, a total of 27 credit hours (9 courses) would be required for the MA.



The following courses represent the core subjects required of all students. Students in the International Educational Policy & Planning Concentration are required to complete EDUC 512. Other students will have a choice between EDUC 512, Quantitative Research in Education & Applied Statistics and EDUC 513, Qualitative Research in Education and Mixed Designs. The decision on which course to take will depend on the nature of their capstone project.


Each student will select one of the following concentrations: Pre-K—12 Education, Educational Leadership, or International Education Policy & Planning. Each concentration includes five required courses, two of which may be satisfied if the MA student passes a content-based exam.

1. Pre-K—12 Teachers

2. Educational Leaders

3. International Education Policy & Planning


Each student will complete a capstone research project, which could be a thesis, action research, internship or equivalent professional activity. Every project requires a paper on some aspect of international or comparative education. The capstone must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, accompanied by an oral presentation of the work.

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