Online degrees in international education are ideally suited for those who would like to teach in an international school or environment within the U.S.; would like to work in the administration of study abroad programs or international student programs; or would like to teach overseas. Students in international education degree programs will study education systems worldwide, the economics of education, education’s role in global society and development, and international education policy.
Within international education programs, students may have the opportunity to further specialize in their studies and focus on areas including primary, secondary, post-secondary, or adult education; learning technologies; international literacy; or equity in education. Courses in these programs will likely cover topics including globalization, comparative educational mobility, peace studies, lifelong learning, national and international demographic changes, and theories in education. While many students may prefer to have education or teaching experience prior to or while earning an international education degree, it’s not necessary for admission or success in many programs.
A variety of workplace options are open to international education graduates. Graduates could work at two-year or four-year college campuses as international center administrators, international admissions coordinators, or international student advisors. They could work in primary or secondary schools teaching English as a Second Language in the U.S. or abroad; administer local study abroad programs for non-profits or other organizations; or could work for government agencies or embassies that work with people around the world.
The skills that international education graduates develop can also transfer to work outside of the international education field. Graduates could work in management, or administration and development of non-profit organizations or think-tanks. Being bi- or multi-lingual, as many graduates are, is a valuable skill in many jobs.