USF's M.A. degree in International & Multicultural Education (IME) Programme is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts around the world.
Based on principles of equity, social justice, and human rights, the program critically addresses the realities of education within and beyond the borders of public schooling in the United States and around the world.
- Rich in-class learning experiences with expert faculty blended with opportunities for practical work in schools and community organizations in the Bay Area.
- Curriculum and pedagogy aimed at addressing inequities based on race, class, gender, sexual identity, religion, and nation.
- A strong sense of community composed of highly diverse faculty and students who offer personal and scholarly support.
The MA in International and Multicultural Education is rooted in critical social theory and the practice of critical pedagogy. This program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous scholarship and experience both in the classroom and in the community. We believe that our program equips students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective social justice teachers, leaders, and practitioners across various learning contexts in the U.S. and abroad.
We interweave theory and practice while utilizing the following lenses to inform our curriculum
- equity and social justice education.
- intersectionality of race, class, nation, language, gender, and sexuality.
- youth culture and resistance.
- human rights and social movements.
- globalization and migration studies.
- community cultural wealth.
The program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays).
THE MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERNATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION (IME) CONSISTS OF 30 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES.
Course descriptions are available in the catalogue.
THEORETICAL FOUNDATION COURSES | 9 CREDITS
Students select three of the following courses:
- IME 605 - Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education (3)
- IME 612 - Critical Race Theory and Praxis (3)
- IME 169 - Gender and Globalization (3)
- IME 621 - Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy, and Current Debates
- IME 639 - Cross-Cultural Literacy
IME CORE COURSES | 15 CREDITS
Students select five of the following courses:
- IME 602 - Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education (3)
- IME 603 - Applied Linguistics (3)
- IME 604 - Global Perspectives on Education and Decolonization (3)
- IME 606 - Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling (3)
- IME 610 - Sociology of Language (3)
- IME 611 - Language and Culture (3)
- IME 613 - Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency (3)
- IME 615 - Education for Inclusion (3)
- IME 616 - Social Movements and Human Rights (3)
- IME 617 - Tools for Human Rights Practice (3)
- IME 618 - International Human Rights Law for Educators (3)
- IME 620 - Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis (3)
- IME 624 - African-American Education History in the US (3)
- IME 625 - Contemporary International Issues (3)
- IME 628 - Women of Color in Higher Education (3)
- IME 631 - Research in 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition (3)
- IME 634 - Assessment/Testing of Second Language Proficiency (3)
- IME 635 - Latinos and Education (3)
- IME 636 - Human Rights and Media (3)
- IME 637 - Critical Pedagogy (3)
- IME 640 - Immigration and Forced Displacement (3)
- IME 647 - Technology and Diverse Learners (3)
- IME 650 - Asian American History and Education (3)
- IME 668 - Discourse, Pragmatics and Language Teaching (3)
- IME 676 - Teaching and Learning Through the Arts (3)
- IME 697 - IME Directed Study (1-3)
- IME 698 - IME Special Topics (1-3)
MASTER'S THESIS/RESEARCH PROJECT | 3 CREDITS
- GEDU 603 - Methodology of Educational Research (3)
- IME 649 - IME MA Thesis/Research Project (3)
THE INTERNATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The goal of each IME program is to develop professional practitioners with expertise in three key areas:
- Conceptual knowledge: including human rights education, urban education, language and literacy education, emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
- Theoretical knowledge: including critical social theory, critical pedagogy, multicultural theory, critical race theory, feminist critical theory.
- Application skills: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills for teaching and research, program/policy development and administration, and local/global social justice/human rights activism.
The IME programs are designed to enable students, upon graduation, to:
- Use theory as a lens for thinking critically about social inequities in local/global contexts.
- Critically engage with scholarship.
- Be skillful in applying research-based teaching practices.
- Work as a transformative professional in schools, universities, and communities to bring about social change.
- Use a wide range of assessment tools for including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments.
- Design, implement and assess K-12 and post-secondary classroom/community programs focused on human rights, multicultural, and/or language/literacy education.
Graduates of the MA in International & Multicultural Education are educators who work in K-12 schools, higher education and in research and community organizations.
Examples of Career Options Include
- Teachers in K-12 classrooms, as youth development workers, or as after-school educators.
- Work in non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
- Curriculum development or program design for global education programs.
- Work in policy settings such as state or national departments of education.
- Curriculum and School Leader, San Francisco International School, SFUSD.
- Center Director, South of Market (SOMA) Family Resource.
- Co-founder and Trainer, Collective Action Training.
- Senior Programme Specialist, LGBTQ Youth-Child Welfare Permanency Project, National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
- Enroll in Ph.D./EdD programs across the US.
- Fullbright Scholars around the world.
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