MLFTC introduces online master of global education degree


Erik Ketcherside

A new degree program offered by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College combines the college’s prowess in global education research with ASU’s innovative online platform. The program is designed for individuals interested in advancing in the growing field of international education.

The online Master of Education degree in Global Education prepares professionals to identify, analyze and address contemporary problems that cross cultures and disciplines, utilizing social science methods within an interdisciplinary framework.

The MEd Global Ed is ideally suited for individuals currently working in or interested in international education; particularly administrators, planners and evaluators of educational programs and policies. The prospective applicant is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the complex and dynamic relationship between global and local perspectives on systems of education, to develop practical solutions for key challenges in those systems, engage in working networks in their area of expertise, and enhance their experience working collaboratively and imaginatively across disciplines.

Maria Teresa Tatto, Southwest Borderlands Professor of Comparative Education at MLFTC, directs the new degree program. She says the emphasis of the MEd in Global Education is preparing graduates to be leaders, teachers and applied researchers who create systems that provide quality education for diverse populations. Tatto emphasizes the value of the degree for elementary, secondary and postsecondary administrators; training and development specialists; and directors of student services and admission in higher education institutions and nongovernmental organizations — “generally in institutions seeking global and international expertise interested in improving their systems and programs for the common good through knowledge of global education issues and inquiry approaches to local education concerns,” Tatto says.

“The program will equip graduates to apply approaches and methods of the social sciences and innovative interdisciplinary frameworks characteristic of ASU to address perennial and emergent issues in education,” Tatto says. “They will be able to analyze the impact of education policy on issues of global scope, using different lenses from a variety of disciplines across socioeconomic, political and historical contexts.”

The MEd Global Ed is one of the few such degrees available from major American research universities and the only one offered online by an institution ranked among the top 25 universities for graduate education by U.S. News & World Report.

The MEd Global Ed unites theory and practice to confront real-world challenges that students address through individual and collaborative projects. Students can tailor the program to suit the needs of their current positions while enriching their practice with international perspectives in several areas, including:

  • Educational leadership
  • Learning sciences
  • Early childhood education
  • Special education
  • Higher and post-secondary education
  • Immigrant and refugee education
  • Comparative and international education
  • Economics of education

The MLFTC faculty members developing the degree include past and future presidents of the Comparative and International Education Society. The lead faculty members are:

Learn more about the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College online Master of Education in Global Education degree.