Master of Science in Education – International Teaching and Global Leadership Cohort

The Master of Science in Education — International Teaching and Global Learning Cohort prepares international educators to become innovative education leaders, with the knowledge and skills to transform schools, systems, and other fast-changing learning environments around the world. The 33-credit cohort, which includes both core and focus area courses, provides our candidates with the opportunity to build a solid foundation of theory and practice through three semesters of coursework and continuous practical experiences. With exposure to a variety of educational experiences, candidates gain a comprehensive understanding of the different educational models employed in their focus area. This degree prepares candidates to apply their expertise effectively in their home countries.

2019 ITGL cohort


Core Courses (24 credits)


ED.887.615 Explorations in Mind, Brain, and Teaching

During the past decade the learning sciences have produced a vast frontier of knowledge on how the brain processes, stores, and retrieves information. Educators have increasingly recognized a role as consumers of this emerging knowledge. Participants in the course will review this research, examining how it intersects with the correlates of a model of research-based effective teaching including the teaching of the arts across content areas. Topics of study will include the brain’s memory systems, the impact of emotions on learning, the processes involved in higher order thinking and learning, and issues related to child development. Participants will apply course studies to the creation of learning units that emphasize application of knowledge and the integration of the arts.


ED.851.705 Effective Leadership

Students review the principles and techniques required of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders. The course emphasizes diagnosis of the school climate, principles of distributed leadership, motivation of faculty teams, and the dynamics of working in and with groups to accomplish school improvement goals. Emphasis is placed on the leader’s role in creating a collaborative vision/mission for a school and in establishing meaningful working relationships with the larger community.


ED.855.613 Entrepreneurship in Education

In this course, students will examine theoretical perspectives and research related to the field of entrepreneurial leadership in education. The education sector, despite the many transformative changes in the last 20 years, remains culturally traditional. Therefore, 21st century education leaders must learn to utilize entrepreneurial thinking, a sub-discipline of management as well as organizational theory, as another tool for innovation and organizational change. Students will study theories of entrepreneurship found in business, education, and other social sciences. They will also research entrepreneurial concepts and leadership traits through the disciplines of sociology, economics, and organizational management. Specific entrepreneurial research theories and practices, such as intra-preneurship and embedding of entrepreneurial leaders into educational institutions, will also be studied as means for promoting social justice, access, and equity for all learners.


ED.813.652 Introduction to Global Education Policy and Analysis

The course provides an introduction to international comparisons of education systems as it reviews the history, comparisons and the educational systems in Europe, Asia and the OECD countries. International education systems and policies are examined on the local and national levels. Methodologies for comparison are explored. Education leaders will become knowledgeable of the systems in competitor countries in order to make their schools academically competitive in the global economy.


ED.881.622 Advanced Instructional Strategies

Students review recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Examples include direct instruction, cooperative learning, dimensions of learning, creative problem solving, and applications of technology to thinking and learning. Students develop expert teaching skills and learn to diagnose and deliver instructional strategies that are most appropriate in specific circumstances.


ED.881.611 Action Research for School Improvement

Students explore the role of the educator as an action researcher, with special emphasis on formulating and refining research questions as well as on selecting appropriate methodologies for classroom or school-based research. Students review research as a tool for assessing and improving teaching/learning environments.


ED.855.600 Extended Learning

Students will participate in a variety of informal educational experiences, from guest lectures and one-on-one mentor conversations, to exploring how the use of museums, cultural institutions, and other real-world scenarios can be leveraged to promote learning. Students will both learn from these experiences as well as gain exemplars to implement in their own educational systems.


ED.855.610 Seminar in Teacher Leadership

Students in the final year present and evaluate their projects and plans for implementing change in their work environments. In addition, participants examine selected topics and current issues in educational leadership.

Early Childhood Focus (9 credits)

ED.855.603 The Early Childhood Learner

This course focuses on the growth and development of the young child, including current theory and practice in child development and neuroscience. Early childhood educators will analyze the diversity of learner characteristics in young children, including growth and development in the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional domains. Comparative High Quality Practices in Early Education

This course presents research-based content on high quality, developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education.  Early childhood educators will incorporate tenets of learning theory into proposed lesson planning that reflects developmentally appropriate and inclusive practices for young children.  Early childhood educators will demonstrate strategies for professional development and coaching of peers and families in developmentally appropriate practices. Authentic Assessment and Measuring Child Outcomes and School Readiness

This course presents foundational concepts of authentic assessment in early childhood, including the types and purposes of assessments for young children and accompanying requisite skills in their administration.  Early childhood educators will learn interpretation of assessment data and apply assessment data results to program planning in the implementation of early childhood programs.

Digital Age Teaching and Learning Focus (9 credits)

ED.893.508 Technology and the Science of Learning

Technologies are part of the intellectual landscape in which new kinds of knowledge are breaking down the boundaries of previous distinct disciplines. The design and use of new technologies make possible new approaches to learning, new contexts for learning, new tools to support learning, and new understandings of the dynamics of the learning process itself. This course examines the role of technology relative to the key concepts of active learning, metacognition, and transfer of knowledge from multidisciplinary perspectives on learning. Based on their readings of empirical literature from the science of learning, students will develop and implement a technology-related strategy that aligns educational technology to standards-based instruction, promote problem solving and higher-order thinking skills, facilitate cooperative learning, and use reflective teaching and inductive approaches to increase student achievement. Students must take Technology and the Science of Learning as one of their first courses in the program.


ED.893.550 Emerging Issues in Digital Age Learning

The new digital landscape is drastically changing how people work, collaborate and learn. New innovations in digital technologies are powerful influences in 21st century classrooms. In this course, participants are exposed to emerging issues for Internet-based culture and digital age learning, including gaming, virtual and augmented reality, digital libraries and databases, big data and data mining, and the use of social media and digital tools for enhancing instructional delivery. Learners will explore the use of emerging technologies and their integration into schools and organizations.


ED.893.628 Gaming and Media Design for Learning

This course provides an overview of the learning theories, best practices, and classroom application models involved with incorporating educational games and simulations into a learning environment. The use of current and emerging technologies found in the gaming arena will be explored and documented for classroom application. This course brings together cultural, business, government, and technical perspectives on developing and integrating electronic gaming techniques and technologies to enhance and enrich learning. Course participants will develop an understanding of the current trends (technical and sociological) in computer and console gaming, and what can be learned and applied from the world of gaming to positively affect teaching and learning. They will also experience an authentic creative process when they explore the game design process.

Creative and Innovative Education Focus (9 credits)

ED.885.505 Creativity in Education

Graduate students will examine the psychological and educational aspects of creative thinking. Participants review studies of the characteristics of creative children and adults, the creative process, and the identification of potentially creative children and adolescents. The course introduces teaching strategies and curriculum materials for fostering creative behavior at both the elementary and secondary school levels.


ED.885.501 The Gifted Learner

Graduate students survey a historical overview of gifted education and examine research literature, intelligence theorists, and current practices used with gifted learners to gain perspective on the academic, social, and affective nature and manifestations of giftedness. Special needs populations are examined for unique characteristics and needs to further support the premise of a diverse gifted audience. Emphasis will be placed on gifted learning characteristics as they inform identification, planning, and support strategies. Participants explore the potential role they play in working with gifted youth, recommending program delivery options, and the identification process.


ED.885.510 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Advanced Learners

Graduate students explore the various approaches to differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for advanced learning. Strategies and techniques that are supported by research and best practice are discussed and analyzed. Candidates design interventions that translate theories about gifted education into practice in their education contexts.

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Faculty Contacts
Richard Weisenhoff
Veronique Gugliucciello

Academic Coordinator
Betsy Mayotte

Academic Program Administrator
Carol Herrmann


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