International Education

Education Specialist Degree
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The International Education specialization will teach you the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively within the context of global economic, political, cultural and community influences in education. You will explore theories of comparative education, cross-national comparative analysis and strategies, global educational transfer and borrowing, international development, and the relation between culture and education. Through assigned readings and course assignments, you will examine the global dimensions of several contemporary issues in international education, including the hopes of global cooperation, the complexity of educational accountability, authority and professionalism. You will also study international organizations, with special emphasis on practices, strategies and techniques that can be adapted to intercultural/multicultural contexts. As a graduate, you will understand the commonalities, differences and connections between global and comparative education, and will have developed your knowledge and skills in the commonly used tools to make you a more effective educator in international education.

General Degree Requirements

The EdS Program may be completed in 33 credits. An Academic Advisor or Enrollment Specialist evaluates each student individually and works with the student to create an academically sound Learning Plan based on prior academics and their professional goals.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete the EdS degree.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The EdS program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country.

Education Specialist (EdS) Degree Requirements

Individuals with a previously completed master’s degree will meet the basis of admission to the Education Specialist Program. The programs includes foundations, scholarly writing and specialization courses, as well as a final capstone. Students must pass all courses with a Grade Point Average of 3.00 (B) or higher.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length.

The EdS in Education requires two Foundations courses, two Research courses, six Specialization courses, and one Capstone course for a total of 33 credit hours.

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Specialization Course 1


Research Methods

This course provides an introductory exploration of statistics for the graduate student. It includes instruction on the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics, and introduces inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts to help the student understand statistical methodology as used in education, and also more generally, developing a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

Specialization Course 2

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4


Action Research

This course is designed to prepare students who desire to use action research methods and as an opportunity for students to prepare to conduct research on topics/projects of interest to education scholars. The primary goal of action research is to solve a problem that will lead to improvement in individual or organizational practice. In addition to developing an action research proposal, students will gain knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, epistemological, and political considerations surrounding action research, specifically in educational environments. Students will gain an understanding of the cyclical nature of action research. Student researchers in this course will be prepared to understand the unique role of the researcher in action research, the importance of stakeholders, to define appropriate action research questions, and to evaluate action research studies critically.

Specialization Course 5

Specialization Course 6

Required Foundation Courses - 6 credit hours

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Foundations for Graduate Study in Education (This course will be taken as the first course)

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a doctoral degree in Education. Doctoral level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.


Advanced Scholarly Writing

The purpose of this course is to build advanced skills identifying and obtaining high quality sources through online library searches. In addition, the course addresses advanced writing and APA formatting skills, and it prepares students to be critically reflective consumers of research reports.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours, Select 6 courses from the following:

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Introduction to Global and Comparative Education

This doctoral level course introduces learners to theories of comparative education, cross-national comparative analysis, global educational transfer and borrowing, and the relation between culture and education. Through this course, learners will begin to develop the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be effective educators of global and comparative education. Students will understand the commonalities, differences, and connections between global and comparative education, and the meaning and significance of globalization in the field of education. Learners will comprehend, through reading and class assignments, the global dimensions of several crucial contemporary issues, including the hopes of global cooperation, and the complexity of educational accountability, authority, and professionalism. This course will underline the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these complex issues.


Culture, Society and Education in Comparative Perspective

In this course, students will explore and analyze international and comparative education, with a focus on methods, foundational theories, and resources specific to conducting international, educational research and exploring culture, society and education with a comparative perspective.


International Organizations in Global Education

In this course, students will be introduced to global education organizations. Students will explore some of the diverse organizations that are engaged in international education, and learn about key guiding initiatives, policies and standards. This course also provides a good orientation for those who anticipate working with or for international organizations.


Conflict Resolution in an International Context

In this doctoral level course, students will examine the theoretical underpinnings and practical challenges of education in difficult circumstances – in the context of conflict, emergencies and in a post-conflict environment. This includes the exploration of frameworks and strategies used today by education systems as well as international organizations and NGOs that often provide such services. Students will also explore education as a development strategy, including three overarching concepts: education as protection, education as a humanitarian response, and education as post-conflict reconstruction. This course also explores the impact that conflict has on formal systems of education, and the provision of education for refugees. Students are also introduced to key strategies and techniques that are frequently cited and used by educational planners delivering education in difficult situations. In conclusion, students are asked to conduct their own research to develop a deeper understanding of education in difficult circumstances.


Globalization and Educational Change

In this course, students will examine cross-cultural efforts to effect positive global educational change. Students will also explore theories of globalization as well as practices that are effecting positive global educational change. In particular, this course looks at international education policy to solidify students’ knowledge of globalization and its impact on international education. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the impacts of globalization on the education systems at home.


International Education Leadership

In this course, students will explore theory and practice to inform leaders in education. Students are introduced to institutions involved with the education of diverse communities as well as educational development in diverse global settings. Students will focus on building leadership skills in international education with a special emphasis on practices, strategies, and techniques that can be adapted to intercultural/multicultural contexts.


International Education Concepts and Theory

Students in this Doctoral level course will explore that underpin education systems around the world, including the cultural and historical bases of these systems and the global spread of educational trends. Alternative theories and definitions of development as expressed in international education institutions will be evaluated. Students will be required to consider the challenges of reform and unique practices in international contexts. In addition, students will integrate an understanding of diverse educational perspectives through the evaluation of worldwide educational systems.


Global Perspective on Ethical Issues

In this course, students will address ethical issues confronting education from a global perspective, including both comparative and transnational points of view. It will address cross-border issues such as educational inequality, the role of culture, ethics in teaching, as well as how technology, economics and conflict impact ethics in education. Finally, the course will address ethical issues for teachers and educational administrators.

Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

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Education Specialist Capstone Project

ED7053 is the culmination of the EdS program. In this course students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the synthesis of knowledge in the Education Specialist program through the design of a real-world problem solving project. The project should be based on research and/ or fieldwork and must demonstrate an approach to addressing the problem through application of theory. Additionally, within this course students will complete a reflective self-assessment of their learning throughout the program.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the EdS costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $849
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,547
  • Program cost: $28,367
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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