International Education

Master of Education
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NCU’s master’s degree in International Education specialization is designed to help you develop the skills needed to be an effective educator in a global community. You will explore concepts and theories of education systems around the world, including the cultural and historical bases of these systems and the spread of educational trends across the globe. You will also examine educational systems comparatively and evaluate connections between diverse education systems, international education policy and various theories of comparative education. Graduates will be encouraged to act as change agents ready to expand the outlook of educational programs and examine education from a global perspective as you prepare for careers in international and community-based organizations.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Teaching Diverse students

ddress the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.


Leadership in Educational Organizations

This Master's level course is about effective leadership in educational organizations. It is particularly relevant for practicing school administrators, those who desire to become administrators, and classroom teachers who recognize the importance of leadership to positively impact schooling in our nation. Students pursuing a specialization in Educational Leadership are advised to take this as their first course of study.


Introduction to Global and Comparative Education

In our global world, it is increasingly important for educators to have an understanding of the theories of comparative education, national analysis, and the tools to apply global transfer and borrowing. In this Masters level course, Students will develop the skills needed to be effective educators in a global society. Graduate Students will explore the connections between diverse education systems and evaluate various theories of comparative education. In addition, students will debate the legitimacy of comparative education as a field of study and analyze the intersection of culture and education. Because comparative education requires an interdisciplinary approach of study, Students will engage a wide cross section of inquiry to develop a deeper understanding of global educational trends.


International Education Concepts and Theory

Students will explore concepts and theories of education systems around the world, including the cultural and historical bases of these systems and the spread of educational trends across the globe. Alternative theories and definitions of development, as expressed in international education institutions, will be evaluated. Students will be required to consider the challenges of reform and unique practices in international contexts. In addition, students will integrate an understanding of diverse educational perspectives through the evaluation of worldwide educational systems.


International Organizations in Global Education

This course introduces graduate students to global education organizations. As educators become more knowledgeable about global education and better understand the policies and foundations of diverse cultures and educational systems, they will better be able to work with and assist other professionals with whom they previously had no connection. Students will explore diverse topics ranging from International Baccalaureate Programs to methods of contextualizing international higher education.


Conflict Resolution in an International Context

In this course, students will examine the conceptual underpinnings of peace and conflict resolution and the paradigmatic models of conflict resolution. Substantive inquiry into a variety of peace building approaches on local, national, and global levels will also be explored. Students will develop the knowledge and appreciation of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological breadth of the conflict resolution in an international context.


Globalization and Educational Change

In this course, students will explore the theories and practices to effect positive global educational change. With a focus on pre-primary, primary and secondary education, students will examine practices that reflect how globalization is impacting learning and teaching. This includes gaining research practice in conducting interviews. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to act as change agents ready to examine education from a global perspective.


Education and National Development

In this course, students will explore the development of education nationally and internationally, and will make cross-national comparisons. Students will examine education in developed and emerging nations with a comparative perspective, including comparisons of school practice, teacher training, and policies that influence the provision of education, and challenges of educating citizens in transitional societies.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

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