Programs in International and Multicultural Education

Overview

The International and Multicultural Education (IME) Department is committed to understanding inequalities based on race, class, gender, and nationality as a way of promoting educational scholarship and research based on principles of equity and social justice. The programs are dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within social, cultural, and linguistic contexts in both the United States and abroad. While the programs address the realities of urban schooling in the United States, we maintain a global focus by carefully examining the impact of globalization and immigration on education and human rights worldwide.

Our Programs

The goals of the programs are to provide:

  • Educational experiences that emphasize and encourage leadership, ethical responsibility and service to all communities
  • Focused areas of study in the cultural, linguistic, philosophical and sociological development of Asian American, Latin American, African American and other linguistic and cultural groups at all educational levels
  • Knowledge of global issues of education
  • Knowledge of Human Rights Education
  • Opportunities for students to develop an awareness of their personal beliefs, values and experiences in order to better appreciate those of others.

The faculty of International and Multicultural Education offer three M.A. programs: the Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education, the MA in Human Rights Education, and the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, which may include a concentration in Digital Media and Learning. In addition, the faculty offer a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in International and Multicultural Education, which may include a concentration area in Second Language Acquisition or Human Rights Education.

For more information on the International and Multicultural Education department and its programs, please visit: http://www.usfca.edu/soe/programs/ime/

Masters Programs

The Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education requires the completion of 30 credits. These credits should include:

Theoretical Foundations (9 credits)

Three (3) courses from the following:

  • IME - 605 Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education
  • IME - 612 Critical Race Theory and Praxis
  • IME - 619 Gender & Globalization
  • IME - 621 Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Current Debates
  • IME - 639 Cross-Cultural Literacy

General  IME (15 credits) 

Five courses from the following:

  • IME - 602 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education
  • IME - 603 Applied Linguistics
  • IME - 604 Global Perspectives on Education and Decolonization
  • IME - 606 Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling
  • IME - 610 Sociology of Language
  • IME - 611 Language and Culture
  • IME - 613 Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency
  • IME - 615 Education for Inclusion
  • IME - 616 Social Movements and Human Rights
  • IME - 617 Tools for Human Rights Practice
  • IME - 618 International Human rights Law for Educators
  • IME - 620 Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • IME - 624 African-American Educational History in the US
  • IME - 625 Contemporary International Issues
  • IME - 628 Women of Color in Higher Education
  • IME - 631 Research in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • IME - 634 Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency
  • IME - 635 Latinos and Education
  • IME - 636 Human Rights and Media
  • IME - 637 Critical Pedagogy
  • IME - 640 Immigration & Forced Displacement
  • IME - 647 Technology and Diverse Learners or DML 633 Technology and Diverse Learners
  • IME - 650 Asian American History and Education
  • IME - 668 Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching
  • IME - 676 Teaching and Learning Through the Arts
  • IME - 697 Directed Study
  • IME - 698 Special Topic Seminar

IME Master's Research Courses (6 credits)

  • GEDU - 603 Methodology of Educational Research
  • IME - 649 IME MA Thesis/Field Project

The Master's of Arts in Human Rights Education requires the completion of 30 credits.  These credits should include:

HRE Foundations  (9 credits):

  • IME - 618 International Human Rights Law for Educators
  • IME - 620 Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • IME - 621 Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy, and Current Debates

HRE Topic Courses (9 credits) 

Three (3) courses from the following:

  • IME - 616 Social Movements and Human Rights
  • IME - 617 Tools for Human Rights Practice
  • IME - 619 Gender and Globalization
  • IME - 640 Immigration and Forced Displacement

HRE Electives (6 credits)

Two (2) courses from the following:

  • IME - 602 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education
  • IME - 605 Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education
  • IME - 606 Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling
  • IME - 612 Critical Race Theory and Praxis
  • IME - 625 Contemporary International Issues
  • IME - 636 Human Rights and Media
  • IME - 637 Critical Pedagogy
  • IME - 639 Cross-Cultural Literacy

Culminating Project (6 credits):

  • GEDU - 603 Methodology of Educational Research
  • IME - 649 IME MA Thesis/Field Project

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) requires 30 credits of coursework. These credits should include:

Foundations (9 credits) 

  • IME - 603 Applied Linguistics
  • IME - 632 Structure of American English

And one of the following courses:

  • IME - 602 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education
  • IME - 610 Sociology of Language
  • IME - 611 Language and Culture
  • IME - 631 Research in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • IME - 634 Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency
  • IME - 668 Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching

Methods (9 credits)

  • GEDU - 603 Methodology of Educational Research
  • IME - 630 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice
  • IME - 633 Preparation and Evaluation of TESOL Materials

Social and Cultural Studies (3 credits)

One course from the following:

  • IME - 604 Global Perspectives on Education and Decolonization
  • IME - 605 Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education
  • IME - 606 Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling
  • IME - 612 Critical Race Theory and Praxis
  • IME - 613 Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency
  • IME - 619 Gender and Globalization
  • IME - 620 Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • IME - 624 African American Educational History in the United States
  • IME - 627 Pan-African Language and Culture
  • IME - 635 Latinos and Education
  • IME - 639 Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • IME - 640 Immigration and Forced Displacement
  • IME - 647 Technology and Diverse Learners

Electives (6 credits)

Students may choose two elective courses from the following areas:
  • Any IME course
  • Any Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning (DTTL) course
  • ESL - 601 Graduate Writing/Speaking Practicum from the ESL Department

Field Project (3 credits)

  • IME - 638 TESOL MA Thesis/Field Project

Students in the TESOL M.A. may opt for a concentration in Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning which requires 33 credits. Instead of Methodology of Educational Research (GEDU 603), they must take a Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning course in the Methods section above. Students are also required to complete 9 credits of elective courses in the Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning program. Please contact the adviser if interested in this concentration. The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Languages is also available in collaboration with a multiple subjects or single subject teaching credential. For this option, students complete all requirements for the credential plus 15 additional credits of specified TESOL courses from the M.A. program.

Doctoral Program

The doctoral program consists of 60 credits, 12 of which are general education core, 24 are major specialization in International and Multicultural Education, 12-15 are electives and 9-12 are dissertation development units. The dissertation, which is undertaken after the completion of coursework, represents the candidate's ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to the solution of a significant educational problem.

The 24 credits in the major specialization in International and Multicultural Education may be selected from the IME doctoral level courses listed at the end of the School of Education section of this catalog. Courses offered in any of the School's doctoral programs may be used to fulfill the elective credits. The 9-12 credits associated with the development, research and writing of a doctoral dissertation are:

  • IME - 709 Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • IME - 729 Proposal Development
  • IME - 790 Dissertation Proposal Development
  • IME - 791 Dissertation Research and Writing

Students may also select a concentration in Second Language Acquisition or Human rights Education. Each concentration requires four (4) specific courses in the IME major:

Second Language Acquisition courses (4 required):

  • IME - 702 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education
  • IME - 703 Applied Linguistics
  • IME - 710 Sociology of Language
  • IME - 727 Pan-African Language and Culture
  • IME - 731 Research in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • IME - 739 Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • IME - 768 Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching

Human Rights Education (HRE) courses. The HRE concentration provides students with an understanding of the vital role of education in promoting and securing Human Rights. Students critically examine legal, social, political, gendered, and racial impacts on Human Rights. Students gain valuable tools to help them incorporate Human Rights Education into their own research, teaching, and work. The concentration is comprised of four courses (12 credits). The courses are listed below:

  • IME - 718 International Human Rights Law for Educators
  • IME - 719 Gender and Globalization
  • IME - 720 Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • IME - 740 Immigration and Forced Displacement

The International and Multicultural Education Program Learning Outcomes:

The goal of each IME program is to develop professional practitioners with expertise in three key areas:

  • Conceptual knowledge: including human rights education, urban education, language and literacy education, emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
  • Theoretical knowledge: including critical social theory, critical pedagogy, multicultural theory, critical race theory, feminist critical theory.
  • Application skills: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills for teaching and research, program/policy development and administration, and local/global social justice/human rights activism.

The International and Multicultural Education Program Student Learning Outcomes:

The IME programs are designed to enable students, upon graduation, to:

  • Use theory as a lens for thinking critically about social inequities in local/global contexts.
  • Be a knowledgeable consumer of educational literature.
  • Be skillful in applying research-based teaching practices.
  • Use a wide range of instructional materials, approaches, and methods for learners at different stages of development and from differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments.
  • Design, implement, and assess K-12 and post-secondary classroom/community programs focused on human rights, multicultural, and/or language/literacy education.