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Education Specialist (EdS)
in International Education
and Globalization

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Just as teachers are now in greater demand than ever before, educational leaders are needed to manage and assist school districts, educational boards, and institutions of higher learning as they work to improve their instructional capabilities. This specialization focuses on educational policies, practices, institutions, and challenges within different societies and cultures. The coursework provides a foundational understanding of communication, leadership, and research techniques, while the specialty studies examine educational issues and opportunities related to different cultures and societies. You’ll focus on educational conflict, mediation, and resolution, and explore the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within international and global education. 

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Admission Requirements 

A conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.


The Education Specialist (EdS) program requires two foundational courses, two research courses, six specialization courses, and one capstone course for a total of 33 credit hours. Both the Education Specialist (EdS) and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS-EdL) require that all other courses be completed prior to starting the capstone course. The estimated time needed to complete this program is 23 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

Your communication abilities have a big influence on your professional reputation. In this course, you’ll develop skills to establish yourself as a competent professional with strong communication skills. You’ll learn competencies related to written, oral, and visual forms of communication appropriate to specific media and audiences. You’ll also explore how the iterative nature of preparing communications and integrating feedback into your work products can support your development and advancement as a professional.

Leadership during times of change can be challenging. This course supports your professional development as an effective leader of educational organizations during periods of change. You’ll explore strategies and techniques for self-reflection, evaluating culture, integrating stakeholder feedback, and incorporating data as part of improvement processes. To conclude the course, you’ll synthesize these skills to design a comprehensive improvement plan that addresses a specific problem within an educational organization.

This course introduces you to the research process by exploring its underpinnings, examining its paradigms, and investigating the foundations of qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in educational studies. You’ll identify criteria for the development of quality research studies that are ethical, accurate, comprehensive, cohesive, and aligned. Specific course topics involve the ethics of conducting research; data collection and analysis techniques; and issues of feasibility, trustworthiness, validity, reliability, transferability, and rigor. The goal is to familiarize yourself with the concepts and skills associated with conducting theoretical and applied research.

Select One of the Following Two Research Courses:

A focus on qualitative research methodology and the designs and methods used to collect and analyze data in educational research. You’ll examine the principles of qualitative research and explore commonly used designs (also referred to as qualitative traditions or genres) with a focus on application and feasibility. Qualitative data collection and analysis methods will be examined for their suitability with regard to the research design selected. Alignment between qualitative designs and research methods, issues of trustworthiness, and the responsibilities of the qualitative researcher will also be explored.

An exploration of quantitative research methodologies and associated designs and methods. You’ll examine paradigmatic perspectives along with the tenets and conventions of quantitative research. Topics for examination include feasibility, validity, reliability, variable operationalization, inferential designs, and analytic software applications used within the quantitative research paradigm. You’ll also look at the components of quantitative research designs that support meaningful studies within the field of education.

As the capstone to your EdS studies, you’ll work with a specific educational program relevant to your current or future professional aims. You’ll review the related literature and evaluate data to inform your development of potential solutions and future areas of research related to your identified problem. Finally, you’ll reflect on your personal learning journey throughout the EdS program.

Specialization Courses

IEG-7100 Introduction to International and Global Education 

In this course, you’ll analyze the practices of international and global education and investigate instructional and technological practices. You’ll evaluate current education theories, critique comparative analyses, and assess the benefits and challenges of international and global education. Finally, you’ll synthesize the concepts of culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion in education within the international and global arena.

IEG-7200 Perspectives on Culture, Society, and Education

This course explores comparative trends and cycles and the influence of culture on international and global education.You’ll assess methods to promote culturally responsive pedagogy and andragogy in educational research and practices. You’ll also analyze intercultural and multicultural issues with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and opportunity in educational systems. Finally, you’ll appraise the quality of international education programs and the global competitiveness in education.

IEG-7300 Educational Conflict, Mediation, and Resolution

A study of conflict, mediation, and resolution in diverse educational environments. You’ll investigate strategies for mediation and resolution with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. You’ll also critique mediation techniques for conflict resolution, and you’ll synthesize the concepts of conflict, peace, and citizenship within the context of international and global education.

IEG-7400 Globalization and International Education Policy

This course evaluates international and global policy initiatives and analyzes the influence of globalization on educational change. You’ll determine organizational policies for implementing international and global education, and relate policy development to the growth and change in this field. Finally, you’ll critique organizational strategic planning as it pertains to globalization and international education.

IEG-7500 Ethical Issues and Responsibilities in International and Global Education

In this course, you’ll critique ethical theories and their practical implications for international and global educational practices. You’ll assess the ethical implications of technology, and you’ll validate how culture contributes to the concepts of truth and values. Additionally, you’ll develop ethical practices to affect diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within international and global education.

IEG-7600 Capstone: Theory and Leadership in International Education and Globalization

In this capstone course, you’ll synthesize the leadership skills and behaviors that enhance professional leadership competencies. You’ll evaluate leadership theories relevant to international and global education, promote skills for effective organizational leadership, and assess international and global education leadership practices. Finally, you’ll advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as a global education leader.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments

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