Education + Human Services

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Are you passionate about people-centered work that transforms communities? You may want to consider building your future in Education + Human Services.

This career path is for those who want to become future educators, practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and change agents. Together, these professionals strengthen communities, address systemic issues, and support others through direct service, outreach, prevention, and advocacy. They are dedicated to the growth, development, and needs of individuals through work that includes teaching, child development, counseling, psychology, social work, social services, speech-language pathology, human resources, NGOs, and nonprofits. 

If this sounds like you or who you want to become, learn how you can move forward to help others.



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Explore Grad School: International Education

For complete information on graduate school search strategies and the application process, review our starter tips to Explore Grad School in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

General Strategies

When considering graduate school, it is important to have a specific idea of what type of education you want to pursue. There are many different careers you can pursue in international education, but not all will require a graduate degree. For those that do require a graduate degree, there are various programs that you can apply to, even some abroad. 


Types of Degrees and Credentials

To help you research the different degrees and credentials that you may want to obtain in the future, click the items below for insight into key options.

A Master of Education is a great option for students interested in pursuing a career abroad in teaching or creating curriculum. This degree is particularly useful if you are interested in working exclusively in education. With a Master of Education, you can place an emphasis on a particular sector of education that you are most interested in. This can include emphasis on specific groups of students, such as primary or secondary school, or an emphasis on different subjects such as English or Math. A Master of Education can also be useful if you are looking to work in school administration or curriculum curation.

A Master’s degree in Global/International Studies is beneficial for students looking to gain cross-cultural understanding of various processes such as diplomacy, economics, government, non-profits, and NGOs. This degree is a worthy option for people looking to work internationally, but do not want to narrow their scope to specifically international education. With a Master’s degree in Global/International studies, you can work for non-profit companies that specialize in education.

A Master’s degree in International Education is the most targeted option for students interested in international education. This degree can equip students with the skills and knowledge to create international education programs and to work in multiple sectors within the field. A Master’s degree in International Education is for those who are committed to education and hope to affect change internationally. Acquiring this type of degree will help students become more successful in their future international endeavors whether they choose to pursue a career in education or another sector.

Pursuing a Master’s degree abroad can be a very fulfilling experience for anyone looking to begin a career in another country. When deciding on a Master’s degree abroad, it is important to consider price, degree credibility, and location. Fortunately, most graduate programs outside of the US are less expensive, but cities outside of the US can have a higher cost of living. You also should consider the cost to move abroad. It is important to do research on the transferability of the degree to other countries, including back to the US; sometimes the US will not recognize a degree from a foreign institution. In effect, location is a major factor in deciding where you should go to graduate school. If you are looking to work abroad, completing a Master’s in that country can be beneficial in your language learning, cultural understanding, and job search.

A teaching credential is a regional certification for teaching in primary or high school in the United States. Although a teaching credential is less expensive than a Master in Education, it does leave you with less room for upward mobility, such as becoming a school administrator or principal. There are a few programs that offer teaching credentials for international schools, like American Board. Keep in mind, if you are considering this route, this certification is school- and region-specific.

For more details about teaching English abroad, jump to the Get Hired section of our International Education page.

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