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Comparative and International Education (CI ED)

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DANA MITRA, Director of Graduate Studies
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Degrees Conferred:

Students earn a dual-title degree in this option through participating programs at either the Ph.D. (or D.Ed.) or the M.A., M.S., M.Ed. level. Students receive a degree which lists their major program and Comparative and International Education.

The following graduate programs offer dual degrees in Comparative and International Education: Adult Education; Agricultural and Extension Education;Curriculum and Instruction; Counselor Education; Educational Leadership; Educational Psychology; Educational Theory and Policy; Entomology; Higher Education; Learning, Design, and Technology; School Psychology; Special Education; and Workforce Education and Development. 

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

The Program

The Comparative and International Education dual-title degree program option is administered by the Committee on Comparative and International Education. The committee maintains program definition, identifies courses appropriate to the option, develops and administers the program's comprehensive examination, and recommends policy and procedures for the program's operation to the dean of the College of Education and to the dean of the Graduate School. Members of the committee also chair or co-chair the dissertation committees for students electing the dual-title doctoral degree.

The dual-title degree program is offered through participating programs in the College of Education and, where appropriate, other graduate programs in the University. The option enables students from several graduate programs to gain the perspectives, techniques, and methodologies of comparative and international education, while maintaining a close association with program areas of application. Comparative and international education is a field devoted to the systematic analysis of the operation and effects of the world's education systems. For admission to pursue a dual-title degree under this program, a student must apply to (1) the Graduate School; (2) one of the participating graduate major programs; and (3) the Committee on Comparative and International Education.

Admission Requirements

In addition to materials submitted for admission to the major program, candidates to the dual-title degree program will be required to provide a writing sample, and to submit a written personal statement indicating the career goals they hope to serve by attaining a Comparative and International Education degree.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for a dual-title degree, students must satisfy the requirements of the graduate major programs in which they are enrolled, in addition to the minimum requirements of the Comparative and International Education program.

For the M.A., M.S., or M.Ed. dual-title degree in Comparative and International Education, the minimum course requirements are: 3 credits in the required Proseminar in Comparative and International Education; 6 credits in advanced Comparative and International Education courses; and 3 credits in Comparative and International Education content courses.

A master's thesis or master's paper if so required by the student's graduate major program, must include one reader who is a member of the Committee on Comparative and International Education.

The minimum course requirements for the Ph.D. (or D.Ed.) dual-title degree in Comparative and International Education are: 3 credits in the Proseminar in Comparative and International Education; 6 credits in advanced-Comparative and International Education courses; 12 credits in Comparative and International Education content courses or courses with comparative or international content; and 6 credits in research methods. Students are expected to be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English, and must demonstrate competency in reading a language other than English, preferably a language relevant to a country or geographic area they propose to study. (This foreign language requirement can be satisfied by passing the appropriate ETS Language Achievement Test, or by passing the appropriate Penn State foreign language course.) A minimum of 18 credits must be 500-level course, and particular courses may satisfy both the graduate major program requirements and those in the Comparative and International Education program. Candidates for the dual-title Ph.D. or D. Ed. in Comparative and International Education will also be required to pass a comprehensive examination from the student's participating program, and at least one CI ED faculty member participating in the examination who will integrate relevant comparative and/or international education knowledge into the student's comprehensive examination.

A Ph.D. (or D.Ed.) minor program in Comparative and International Education is available to doctoral students who find it desirable to include the perspectives and methodologies of Comparative and International Education in their programs and have been approved to do so by their doctoral committees. To qualify for a minor in Comparative and International Education, students must satisfy the requirements of their graduate major programs, and meet the following minimum requirements: 3 credits in the Proseminar in Comparative and International Education; 3 credits in a Comparative and International Education course; and 9 credits in Comparative and International Education content courses (or advanced courses) or in courses with comparative or international content offered outside the College of Education.

The doctoral dissertation committee of a Ph.D. (or D.Ed.) dual-title degree student is recommended, in conjunction with the Comparative and International Education committee, by the graduate major program granting the degree. The chair and at least two members of a doctoral committee must be members of the graduate faculty. The chair or co-chair of the dissertation committee must be a member of the Comparative and International Education committee.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (CI ED) course list

Lasted Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-01-000

Review Date: 08/19/2014

Faculty linked: 6/5/14

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