International and Multicultural Education

For over 40 years, IME programs have been dedicated to understanding transformative possibilities for formal and informal education in diverse--and all-to-often inequitable--sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts.

Through the four programs in the department, we work toward a vision of social justice and educational equity in local, global, and transnational settings.

Our Programs

The goals of the programs are to provide:

  • To develop critical analysis & contextual understanding of education (formal, non-formal and informal) and unequal realities in local, global, and transnational contexts. Students explore and develop an orientation towards critical, transformative and social justice pedagogies including ethnic studies, and human rights education, among others
  • To provide theoretical grounding in order to learn and apply critical and social theories to a wide range of education issues locally globally. Students also develop their own particular area of theoretical interest, inquiry, reflection, and writing
  • To learn research methods & approaches such that students are able to state a research problem and question, identify appropriate theoretical frameworks, conduct a literature review, identify relevant quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, and discuss implications. By learning about and practicing engaged scholarship, students acquire diverse methodological tools and skills to conduct inquiry and assessment in a range of areas such as classroom teaching, community organizing, and curriculum development, among other areas
  • To cultivate scholars, practitioners & advocates in education so that students can apply their critical analysis of educational inequities and case studies of social justice education to practical and engaged action in local, global and transnational settings

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.

Please visit the International and Multicultural Education department pages for more information.

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
  • IME - 676 Social Justice Pedagogy and the Arts
  • IME - 697 Directed Study
  • IME - 698 Special Topics

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 - 622 Peace, Conflict, Education in Global Context
  • IME - 625 Contemporary International Issues
  • IME - 636 Human Rights and Media
  • IME - 637 Critical Pedagogy
  • IME - 639 Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • IME - 676 Social Justice Pedagogy and the Arts
  • IME - 697 Directed Study
  • IME - 698 Special Topics

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 IME or Educational Technology (ETK) course, OR
  • 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 Educational Technology which requires 33 credits. Instead of Methodology of Educational Research (GEDU 603), they must take an Educational Technology course in the Methods section above. Students are also required to complete 9 credits of elective courses in the Educational Technology 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. See the Teacher Education section for more details.

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 following are required for the Ed.D program:

General Education (6 credits required):

  • GEDU 706 Applied Education Statistics (3)
  • GEDU 708 Research Methods in Education (3)

Educational Foundations (3 credits required):

One course from the following:

  • GEDU 707 Advanced Statistics (3)
  • GEDU 710 Analysis of Variance Designs (3)
  • GEDU 711 Survey Research (3)
  • GEDU 712 Qualitative Research (3)
  • GEDU 713 Content Analysis (3)
  • GEDU 714 Educational and Psychological Measurement (3)
  • GEDU 715 Anthropological Research in Education (3)
  • GEDU 716 Program Evaluation
  • GEDU 718 Ethnicity and Multicultural Issues in Research (3)
  • GEDU 721 Correlational Designs (3)
  • GEDU 722 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • GEDU 723 Participatory Critical Pedagogy Research (3)
  • GEDU 724 Introduction to SPSS (3)

HRE Concentration (12 Credits):

  • IME 718 International Human Rights Law for Education (3)
  • IME 719 Gender and Globalization (3)
  • IME 720 Human Rights Education (3)
  • IME 740 Immigration and Forced Displacement (3) 

IME Core Courses (12 credits):

  • IME 702 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education (3)
  • IME 703 Applied Linguistic (3)
  • IME 704 Global Perception on Education and Decolonization
  • IME 705 Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education

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 - 702 Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education (3)
  • IME - 703 Applied Linguistics (3)
  • IME - 704 Global Perspectives on Education and Decolonization (3)
  • IME - 705 Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education (3)
  • IME - 706 Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling
  • IME - 710 Sociology of Language (3)
  • IME - 711 Language and Culture (3)
  • IME - 712 Critical Race Theory and Praxis
  • IME - 713 Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency (3)
  • IME - 714 Multicultural Perspectives in Education (3)
  • IME - 715 Education for Inclusion (3)
  • IME - 716 Social Movements
  • IME - 724 African American Educational History in the US (3)
  • IME - 727 Pan African Language and Culture (3)
  • IME - 728 Women of Color in Higher Education (3)
  • IME - 729 Proposal Development (3)
  • IME - 731 Research in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • IME - 735 Latinos & Education (3)
  • IME - 737 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • IME - 739 Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • IME - 769 Discourse, Pragmatics, & Language Teaching (3)
  • IME - 775 Asian Educational Systems: Implications for Schooling in the US (3)
  • IME - 776 Teaching and Learning Through the Arts (3)

IME Doctoral Electives (15 credits):

Elective courses may be drawn from other IME courses not listed above, and any other graduate program in the school of Education with the approval of the student's doctoral advisor. 

Dissertation Development (9 Credits):

  • IME 709 or CEL 709 or O&L 709 or L&I 709 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
  • IME 790 Dissertation Proposal Development (3)
  • 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 as follows:

  • IME - 718 International Human Rights Law for Educators
  • IME - 719 Gender and Globalization
  • IME - 720 Human Rights Education: Pedagogy
  • IME - 721 Human Rights Education: History

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.