Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start?
Students may begin the program in the Summer, Fall or Spring semester. Both full time and part time schedules are available, though international students are required to be in full-time status during the entire program of study (with special exceptions made in the final semester of study).
Can I take online courses towards my ITEP degree or certificate?
Yes. ITEP offers a number of required courses online, as well as electives for both the degree and certificate program.
How long does the ITEP program take to complete?
Most students take two years to complete the MA program, but it can be completed in as little as 15 months, including summer study. The Certificate program can be completed at the students’ pace, but is typically a 9-month program.
Can I work full time during the program?
Both full-time and part-time schedules are available; however, international students are required to maintain full-time enrollment during the entire program of study (with special exceptions made in the final semester). Many of our students do have full-time jobs while in ITEP.
To accommodate students who work full-time, most classes are offered at 5:30pm or 8:20pm ET.
What is the MA Capstone?
ITEP students develop and complete a capstone project usually during their final semester of the MA program through EDU 685: ProSeminar in International Education. The main objective of the capstone is to help students consolidate, integrate, and advance knowledge and skills acquired through ITEP. Students work with the ProSem instructor (a Core ITEP faculty member) to design and finish their project.
The capstone includes the following elements: a literature review, an analytical writing component, and original research. Some examples of capstone topics include a program evaluation, a program training design and implementation, and qualitative research project.
Can I get credit for my past coursework and experience?
Transfer Credit from Accredited Institution
MA students can transfer in a maximum of 6 credits from another university provided that these credits have been earned at the master's level from an accredited institution, and is relevant to the ITEP program of study.
Credit Waiver for Volunteer Experience
In the past, when ITEP's program was 36 credit hours, incoming students could apply for credit waivers of up to 6 credits based on previous volunteer experience. Because of the reduction of required credits to a 30 hour program, students are no longer eligible for a credit waiver based on previous volunteer experience.
Can I do an internship or go abroad during the program?
Yes. Each MA student is assigned to a faculty advisor at the start of the program. The advisor can help students decide if an internship or experience abroad will enhance the students’ program of study and/or career goals.
ITEP Turns 40!
In 1982, Dr. Leon Clark joined the faculty of American University and established the International Training and Education Program (ITEP), serving as its inaugural director for 17 years.
During the course of 2022, the School of Education will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ITEP program with a series of special events for students and alumni.
ITEP has served ever since as a unique graduate program advancing social justice across the world by training change agents to facilitate positive change in three career pathways highlighted below - international educational development, international exchange and study abroad, and training for social change.
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY
The international education development pathway prepares students to research, evaluate, discuss, and contextualize pressing global education issues. Students practice applying these skills throughout the program and go on to serve as important leaders and specialists in a wide range of international institutions and organizations. Graduates work in areas such as policy development, advocacy, research and evaluation, and program management with the intention of improving education access, quality, and equity around the world.
TRAINING FOR CHANGE PATHWAY
The training for change pathway prepares students to serve as social change agents by strengthening training skills and practice in needs assessment, curriculum and training design, group facilitation, and evaluation using systems thinking and experiential learning approaches. Graduates work as trainers and specialists in capacity-building in education institutions and social justice organizations in North America and around the world. Graduates may also serve as educators or leaders in public or private institutions striving to internationalize their institutions and promote greater equity and inclusion for diverse learners. Skills learned are applicable to a wide range of roles in education institutions as well as agencies that facilitate teacher training, programming for newcomer communities, nonformal and refugee education, and youth development.
The internationalization and exchange pathway engages students who are interested in the interchange and movement of people and ideas across cultures. Special emphasis is placed on the history, politics, and changing nature of exchange, study abroad policies and practices, student mobility, internationalization efforts in higher education, and intercultural program management. Graduates work for universities and international exchange organizations as advisors, program coordinators, managers, and directors.
Global Education Forums
Join Our Conversation
The School of Education’s International Training and Education Program hosts monthly Global Education Forums (GEFs), discussions on pressing topics in international education, international development, and intercultural exchange. Join our conversations with experts, who offer their viewpoints and experiences as practitioners, researchers, and activists. Audience participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and join the dialogue.
Learn more about the ITEP Global Education Forums.