International Development in Education Certificate (Hybrid)

Admissions to the Comparative and International Education (CIE) program is closed at this time.

The International Development in Education (IDE) Graduate Certificate, offered through the Comparative and International Education program, provides a foundation in both the theoretical concepts of and practical skills required for careers in education for international development. Certificate holders are equipped with the interdisciplinary, theoretical, methodological tools and real-world approaches required by professionals working in the field. From learning how international institutions function to the proper process of proposal writing to international networking opportunities, IDE certificate holders are prepared to work in many fields, including policy making, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic research, and multilateral organizations (the World Bank, the United Nations, etc.). 

Course Work (12 credit hours)

Below is a list of the courses that must be completed to secure a International Development in Education Certificate.

CIE 404 Issues and Institutions in International Educational Development (3) (View the blog...)

Explores theoretical approaches to understanding the role of education in international development by introducing students to institutions involved in international educational development in diverse global settings (e.g., United Nations, World Bank, NGOs, and state agencies). Discussions are framed by current debates in the fields of international and comparative education.

CIE 407. Grant Writing and Fund Raising in International Education Development (3) 

Addresses NGO issues, and needs and will develop leadership, problem-solving, and practical grant-writing skills focused on international education development. The course is designed for individuals working in international NGOs and schools is designed to work in conjunction with a local or international NGO. Teams of students with develop a project proposal related to the agency's primary service mission, articulate a fund-raising strategy, and raise capital on the basis of proposals developed in class.

CIE 405. Experiencing the United Nations: NGOs in Education Policy and Practice (3)

Building on the Lehigh University/United Nations partnership initiative, this course provides a structured practical experience for students to learn about the dynamics of NGO/UN relationships b representing one of the underrepresented international NGOs at the United Nations. Equips students with necessary experience, understanding, and skills in international education development such as policy brief writing and education sector analysis,

CIE 406. International Educational Policy (3) 

Focuses on how policy is created, implemented, and evaluated in schools and educational systems from a comparative and international perspective. Provides a framework for a comprehensive analysis of the education "sector" in order to inform regional, national, or multinational educational policymaking. Students will apply this understanding to an analysis of education policy in a specific region or district (e.g., Pennsylvania) from a global policymaking perspective.

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