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Get certified in comparative and international education

This graduate certificate is designed for teachers, school/district administrators, international students and individuals desiring to work in diverse fields, including policy making, nongovernmental organizations, academic research and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations. 


This program equips you to become more knowledgeable about educational philosophies and policies across the globe through examining comparative practices. You will gain a critical understanding of key debates surrounding education as an international issue.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses) of graduate-level coursework. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


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Courses are offered on the OSU-Stillwater campus, with some online course options available. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform. We facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration and community building using technology.


Required (three credit hours):

  • SCFD 5023: The Comparative Approach: Theory, Method and Practice

Elective (nine credit hours - select three of the following):

  • ANTH 5243: Globalization and Culture
  • CIED 6173: International Peace Curriculum Development
  • EDLE 5813: Leadership Theory and Ethical Decision Making
  • EDLE 5953: Developing Educational Organizations
  • EDLE 6483: School Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • EDLE 6603: Organizational Theory in Education
  • HESA 6163: International Issues in Higher Education
  • NSCI 5553: Global Nutrition and Food Security
  • PHIL 5343: Seminar in East and West Comparative Philosophy
  • SCFD 5873: Culture, Society and Education
  • SCFD 6023: Comparative Education
  • SOC 5223: Culture, History and World Systems
  • SOC 5653: Gender and the Middle East (IS)
  • SOC 6463: International Issues in Environmental Sociology
  • WAED 5133: Internationalism, Globalization and Workforce Education

Course information


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Statement of professional goals

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