Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education

Education for Inclusion: Celebrating Diversity

The Doctoral Degree (EdD) in International and Multicultural Education (IME), designed for education professionals, is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its social, cultural, and linguistic contexts around the world.

Program Structure

stu_2discussThe doctoral program consists of 60 credits of study beyond the master's degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The 60 credits include credits in the following four categories. See more specifics on Program Structure and Curriculum.

  • 12 credits in General Education courses;
  • 24 credits in International and Multicultural Education;
  • 12-15 elective credits;
  • 9-12 credits devoted to dissertation proposal development, research, and writing.

Optional Concentration: IME offers optional concentrations in the doctoral program. See required courses and course choices for the concentration on the Curriculum page >>.

  • Human Rights Education
  • Second Language Acquisition

Optional Minor: In addition, all IME candidates can petition to declare a minor in another School of Education program by completing 12-15 credits in that area with the permission of the IME advisor.

Teaching Weekend Schedule

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See Teaching Weekend dates >>

Distinctive Features

  • Small classes
  • Committed and diverse faculty
  • Highly diverse and supportive student community
  • Opportunities for contacts with alumni
  • Special concentration in human rights education

IME Department
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Fax: (415) 422-5526

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Our Students

IME doctoral students represent a broad range of ethnically and culturally diverse groups, including many who are the first in their families to obtain degrees. Many serve as classroom teachers, resource specialists, school principals, and school district administrators.

Often balancing the responsibilities of work, family, and school, IME doctoral students provide one another with a tremendous amount of personal and professional support, as well as mentorship networks.

Career Opportunities

Here are some of the professional positions our IME alumni have gone on to hold:

  • Faculty members at graduate schools of education
  • School superintendents
  • Directors of bilingual education programs
  • Instructors at universities abroad
  • Teacher trainers for international organizations

Goals of the doctoral program 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 Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and other linguistic and cultural groups at all educational levels.
  • Knowledge of global issues in education.
  • Opportunities for students to develop an awareness of self, personal beliefs, values and life experiences in order to appreciate those of others.
  • A critical lens with which to understand and address educational issues through scholarship and practice.