University of Pennsylvania

Graduate School of Education

International Educational Development



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.Ed.-International Educational Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The IEDP is designed to prepare students with the distinctive skills required for working in the field of education and development in an era of globalization through both academic course work and hands on experiences. The program provides students with: -Foundational knowledge of the history of international development institutions, their efforts as well as key theoretical frameworks in the field. -Disposition and ability to understand issues of educational policy and practice from a comparative and international perspective, as well as within specific cultural contexts. -Enhanced understanding of the interplay of local, national and international politics, policies and priorities in the dynamics of educational change. -Quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation skills necessary for examining educational issues and assessing the value and contribution of programs and projects in cross-national contexts. -Preparation for reading critically and communicating evidence-based knowledge persuasively to a variety of stakeholders ranging from local to national to international decision makers. -Internship experience that will foster the application of academic knowledge to policy and practice in the applied settings. The M.S.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 10 courses of approved graduate work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students are expected to take courses in four areas: a core curriculum; a thematic area that includes both an area concentration as well as an area studies course; electives; and the IEDP internship experience. The program is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the individual needs and goals of IEDP students. Our recommended course of study is to complete the program in 1.5 years (fall, spring, summer, fall), this allows students to build relationships with faculty and make the most of their time at Penn. We also offer an expedited option (fall, spring, summer), which is extremely intensive, or part-time across two years. Students are expected to work closely with their advisor in planning their course of study. Completion of the degree requires students to write a Policy Brief that addresses a particular educational issue within a geographic area. The Policy Brief is a persuasive paper in which students must define an issue, critique existing policies or review literature on the topic where policies are not in place, and conclude with a set of possible solutions or policy recommendations to address the issue. The Policy Brief may be based on an in-depth review of the literature and/or research conducted during the IEDP internship experience.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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