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International Education Policy and Management (M.Ed.)

Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Overview

Program Overview

Be a changemaker in the fields of international education and human and economic development. The master’s degree in International Education Policy and Management (IEPM) will equip you with the skills needed to address contemporary public policy issues facing education and informal learning environments around the world.

Provided with a strong background in research and data and a focus on practical application, you’ll be prepared to address salient issues in international education today, including the relationships between education and economic growth, social cohesion, global health, and other dimensions of human development.

The graduate program in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations attracts those with diverse career interests related to the practice or study of education and human and economic development in international contexts.

Students come to the program from around the world to form a diverse student cohort at Peabody College, with about half of the program comprising international students. Many students bring professional experience in teaching, development assistance, advocacy, and community outreach from organizations like the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. Such a broad array of professional backgrounds enriches all students' learning.

Program at a Glance

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in International Education Policy and Management

Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Program Directors: Xiu Cravens, Ph.D. and Carolyn Heinrich, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Rosie Moody
Admission Term: Fall
Credit Hours: 36
Priority Application Deadline: December 31* for fall entrance

* We will continue to accept applications after this date, but applications will be evaluated for admission and scholarships on a space-and-funds-available basis.

96%

of Peabody College graduates were employed or attending graduate school within four months of graduation.

Click here to see a list of recent career placements:

Recent graduates with an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management have gone on to the following positions, among others:

 

International sites

  • Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Akilah Institute for Women (Kigali, Rwanda)
  • International Bureau of Education (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Korean Education Development Institution (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala, Kenya)
  • Western Cape Education Department (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Ministry of Education (Colombia, Maldives, Swaziland)
  • UNESCO (Paris, France and Bangkok, Thailand)
  • U.S. China Center for Education and Culture, South China Normal University (Guangzhou, China)
  • Institute of International Education (Mexico City, New York City, and Washington, D.C.)
  • World Bank (Various divisions)

Domestic sites

  • American Council of Education (Washington, D.C.)
  • Center for Latin American Studies, CLAS (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Family Health International, FHI 360 (Washington, D.C.)
  • LEAD Public Schools (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Tennessee Department of Education (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Vanderbilt International Student and Scholar Services (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, VIGH (Nashville, Tenn.)

 


 

Practicum Experience

You’ll be required to complete a two-month practicum to complete the master’s degree in International Education Policy and Management. Most students complete the practicum during the summer after the first year of the program.

Practicums can be completed either domestically or internationally. You’ll be encouraged to consult with faculty to identify suitable organizations and opportunities that will develop skills to complement your academic training.

On your return to campus in the fall, you will be expected to present your practicum at a department-wide poster session and networking event in the Wyatt Rotunda.

Recent Practicum Locations

  • Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Akilah Institute for Women (Kigali, Rwanda)
  • American Council of Education (Washington, D.C.)
  • Beijing Normal University Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment towards Basic Education Education Quality (Beijing, China)
  • Family Health International, FHI 360 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Institute of International Education (Mexico City and New York City)
  • International Bureau of Education (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Korean Education Development Institution (Seoul, South Korea)
  • LEAD Public Schools (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala, Kenya)
  • Ministry of Education (Mbabane, Swaziland)
  • Tarkwa Breman Community Alliance, Cocoa 360 (Bogoso, Ghana)
  • Tin Marin Children’s Museum (San Salvador, El Salvador)
  • UNESCO (Paris, France, and Bangkok, Thailand)
  • UN Women (New York, N.Y.)
  • Vanderbilt International Student and Scholar Services (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Western Cape Education Department (Cape Town, South Africa) 

Program Curriculum

Core courses — coupled with the field-based practicum — provide you with a strong foundation in education research and data analysis, with a focus on practical applications. 

The program takes about two years to complete for those who attend full time. Most IEPM courses meet in the evening, allowing you to pursue part-time employment on campus as either a graduate or research assistant for a faculty member.

Course Requirements

The master’s degree in International Education Policy and Management requires you to complete 36 credit hours consisting of 12 hours of the IEPM core, 6 hours of methodology, and 18 hours of elective courses selected with the guidance of your faculty advisor.

In addition, all students must complete a practicum experience.  It is optional whether to count (and pay for) the practicum as degree-bearing credits. To receive three hours of credit for the practicum, a student must work a minimum of 135 hours at the practicum site. A culminating portfolio of academic writing and professional products approved by the IEPM faculty  completes the practicum experience.

 
IEPM Core Courses: 12 credit hours
  • International Issues in K–12 Education Policy Reform
  • Comparative Issues in Higher Education Policy Reform
  • International Organizations and Economic Development
  • Education and Global Human Development

Methodology: 6 credit hours
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis I
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis II

Elective Courses: 18 credit hours

Elective courses may be taken across Peabody College, as well as in other disciplines offered across Vanderbilt University, upon consultation with your faculty advisor. Some popular electives taken by IEPM students include the following, but you are free to choose any others not included in this list:

  • Social Context of Education Leadership and Policy
  • Economics of Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Development, Reform, Innovation
  • International Perspectives on Leadership Politics and Governance in Education
  • Grants, Policy, and Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • American Education History and Policy
  • Teaching and Teacher Policy
  • College and University Management
  • Postsecondary Access and Opportunity
  • Public Finance of Higher Education
  • College Student Personnel Services
Program Curriculum

Core Faculty

José Cossa
  • Senior Lecturer, International Education Policy and Management
Xiu Cravens
  • Associate Dean for International Affairs, Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Carolyn J. Heinrich
  • Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, International Education Policy and Management, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Brian L. Heuser
  • Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
  • Vice Chair, University Faculty Senate