Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education


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Program Description

Training Critical Scholars and Engaged Practitioners

The Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education (IME) is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within diverse sociocultural, linguistic, political and economic contexts. 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. Our program equips students with the skills needed to engage in scholarship, teaching and advocacy work that addresses many of the key issues impacting education today. Visit our website here to learn more about this program

Distinctive Program Features

  • Focus on engaged scholarship with a meaningful impact on local and global communities.
  • A cutting edge and intellectually rigorous curriculum grounded in critical pedagogy.
  • A strong sense of community composed of highly diverse faculty and students who offer personal and scholarly support.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities for doctoral students in becoming social justice scholars, practitioners, and advocates.

"IME is a family, a group of intelligent loving human beings that feel that social justice is at the core of being an educator. It is a place that is called our second home, a place that we come to when the outside world is frustrating and we need a place of support and reflection. It is this place that thoughts are thrown around honored, respected and gracefully challenged. It is the place that has been present in civilizations since the beginning of time...community."

—IME EdD Student

Program Delivery

The program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays).

Program Details

The Ed.D. program is grounded in five main conceptual areas: critical social theory and schooling; intersectionality of race, class, nation, language, gender and sexuality in education; human rights and social movements; international and comparative education; and alternative research paradigms.

Rooted in the practice of critical pedagogy, this program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous experience both in the classroom and in the community. We believe that IME’s conceptual framework and pedagogy serve to equip students in becoming leaders capable of reimagining possibilities for education in multiple contexts.

The International and Multicultural Education (IME) Doctoral Program is comprised of 60 credits of study beyond the master's degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. Students can choose from a range of courses in IME or concentration in either Human Rights Education or Second Language Acquisition.

Learning Outcomes

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 and Theoretical knowledge: including critical social theory, critical pedagogy, critical race theory and intersectionality, feminist theory, human rights and social movements, and alternative research paradigms.

Application skills: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills for teaching and research, program/policy development and administration, and local/global social justice/human rights activism. Methodological tools based on qualitative research such as participatory action research, teacher action research, testimonies, and critical ethnography.

The International and Multicultural Education Program Student Learning Outcomes

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.
  • Work as a transformative professional in schools, universities, and communities to bring about social change.
  • Be a prominent voice in the educational justice movement through scholarship and praxis
  • Design, implement and assess K-12 and post-secondary classroom/community programs focused on human rights, social justice, and/or critical multicultural education.

Financial Resources

Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.

In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full-time job while earning their credential, masters or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.

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Graduates of the IME Doctoral Program work as transformative professionals in a variety of settings both in the U.S. and internationally, such as:


  • Faculty members at community colleges and universities
  • Teacher leaders in K-12 schools
  • School superintendents
  • Educational researchers
  • Leaders in community and non-governmental organizations
  • Curriculum specialists


  • Professor and Chair, Urban Education, Loyola Marymount University
  • Professor and Chair, Elementary Education, San Francisco State University
  • Professor, Bilingual and Multicultural Education, California State University, Sacramento
  • Assistant Professor, Reading, Texas Woman's University
  • Faculty, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Solano Community College
  • Lecturer, American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Director, Bilingual Education, Professional Development and Special Programs, San Jose Unified School District
  • Teacher trainers for international organizations
Last updated Jun 2018

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