Three things to know about the M.S. degree program in International and Intercultural Education

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Understanding the deep interconnections of our world is more important now than ever. Global problems are local problems. A Master of Science degree in International and Intercultural Education (IIE) prepares students to use education as a tool to work collaboratively with diverse people to solve complex local problems that affect us all.

A person with a degree in International and Intercultural Education can make all the difference in careers that span schools, research institutes, federal and international agencies, nonprofit associations and businesses.

Right here in Miami, alumni of our program are providing peer tutoring services for students with disabilities and are offering career-related workshops in Miami. In Ghana, they are helping prepare teenage mothers for the basic education certificate exam so they can enter secondary school and build their career. In Djibouti, they’re educating students to limit their plastic use.

Here are three things to know about the program in FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education:

  1. A degree in International and Intercultural Education is what you make it. Unlike traditional graduate programs focused on a specific career, the IIE program provides the flexibility for students to explore courses in education, language, politics, international relations, public policy, history or other fields of interest.
  2. Access to alumni and internship opportunities. Alumni drop in on classes and act as mentors for current students to discuss trending topics and get career advice. Students have leveraged these relationships for internships in higher education, government, think tanks and global media companies including the BBC. 
  3. Faculty Expertise: Led by a team of widely known experts in the field, the program offers more than just opportunities and flexibility. They advise students throughout the program and prepare them to be leaders.
    • Hilary Landorf, associate professor and program leader, is an internationally known expert in global learning in higher education. She serves as the founding executive director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. From 2016-2019, she served as the executive director of the Comparative and International Education Society.
    • Emily Anderson, assistant professor, served as the chair of the Comparative and International Education Society Gender and Education Standing Committee. Her research focuses on girls’ education policy and advocacy.
    • Martha Fernanda Pineda, adjunct instructor, specializes in international monitoring and evaluation methods and pedagogy. She has worked in a variety of global settings, including UNESCO in Paris, the World Health Organization in Manila, Philippines and the La Paz Institute in Acapulco, Mexico.

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