The Certificate in International Development and Education will develop a new generation of global education leaders who understand the complex issues that shape international education policy and practice, including poverty, inequity, sustainability, colonial relations, human rights, health disparities, and governance. Students will recognize their own positionality in relation to international development education efforts, and learn about and reflect on new international education paradigms that center collaboration, partnership, and humility.
Graduates of the certificate program will develop an understanding of the fields of international educational development and change and the knowledge to engage in reflexive, culturally-sensitive and sustainable approaches to improving education development policy, practice, and outcomes.
All current UW-Madison undergraduates are eligible to complete the Certificate in International Development and Education. Students intending to complete this certificate should visit the School of Education's Certificate Programs page to complete the declaration form.
Students pursuing the Education Studies major or the Certificate in Educational Policy Studies are not eligible to complete the Certificate in International Development and Education.
The Certificate in International Development and Education requires the following course distribution for a minimum of 12 credits. At least 6 credits must be completed in residence.
Completion of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2. 0 in certificate coursework.
Complete the following two classes (6 credits). ED POL 260 Introduction to International Education Development provides a foundational overview of the field of International Development Education and should be taken as early as possible. ED POL 423 Education for Global Change provides a more advanced review of the theories of change that dominate in International Development, with particular attention to their assumptions about if and how different forms of learning lead to social change.
|ED POL 260||Introduction to International Education Development||3|
|ED POL 423||Education for Global Change||3|
Ed Pol International Development and Education Elective
Select one course from the following options (3 credits). These topical courses allow students to explore a key theme (e.g., human rights, climate change, poverty and inequality, health) in International Development Education in greater depth, or to deepen their understanding of the field of International and Comparative Education.
|ED POL 220||Human Rights and Education||3|
|ED POL 237||Wealth, Poverty and Inequality: Transnational Perspectives on Policy and Practice in Education||3|
|ED POL 320||Climate Change, Sustainability, and Education||3|
|ED POL/INTL ST 335||Globalization and Education||3|
|ED POL/ANTHRO 570||Anthropology and Education||3|
|ED POL 675||Introduction to Comparative and International Education||3|
|ED POL/CURRIC 677||Education, Health and Sexuality: Global Perspectives and Policies||3|
Campus-wide International Development and Education Elective
Select one course from the following options (3 credits). These topical courses allow students to explore how key disciplines and fields of study across the campus engage with International Development:
|A A E/INTL ST 373||Globalization, Poverty and Development||3|
|A A E/INTL ST 374||The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy||3|
|A A E/ECON/INTL BUS 462||Latin American Economic Development||3|
|A A E/ECON 473||Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia||3|
|A A E/ECON 474||Economic Problems of Developing Areas||3|
|A A E/ECON 477||Agricultural and Economic Development in Africa||3|
|ANTHRO 477||Anthropology, Environment, and Development||3|
|C&E SOC/ENVIR ST/SOC 540||Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability||3|
|C&E SOC/SOC/URB R PL 617||Community Development||3|
|C&E SOC/SOC 630||Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World||3|
|GEOG 307||International Migration, Health, and Human Rights||3|
|GEOG/INTL ST 315||Universal Basic Income: The Politics Behind a Global Movement||3|
|GEOG/ENVIR ST 337||Nature, Power and Society||3|
|GEOG 538||The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development||4|
|GEOG/ENVIR ST 557||Development and Environment in Southeast Asia||3|
|GEN&WS/HISTORY 315||Gender, Race and Colonialism||3|
|GEN&WS 424||Women's International Human Rights||3|
|GEN&WS/URB R PL 644||International Development and Gender||3|
|HISTORY/INTL ST 330||Global History of Humanitarianism||3-4|
|HISTORY 434||American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present||3-4|
|HISTORY/CHICLA 435||Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World||3|
|HISTORY 607||The American Impact Abroad: The Historical Dimension||3|
|INTL ST 101||Introduction to International Studies||3-4|
|INTL ST/GEOG 315||Universal Basic Income: The Politics Behind a Global Movement||3|
|INTL ST/HISTORY 330||Global History of Humanitarianism||3-4|
|INTL ST/A A E 373||Globalization, Poverty and Development||3|
|INTL ST 401||Topics in Global Security||3-4|
|INTL ST 402||Topics in Politics and Policy in the Global Economy||3-4|
|INTL ST 403||Topics in Culture in the Age of Globalization||3-4|
|INTL ST/POLI SCI 431||Contentious Politics||3-4|
Certificate Completion Requirement
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the global contexts of colonialism, US post-war imperialism, bi-/multi-lateralism, and capitalism that shape the international development and international education fields, as well as key debates and trends in the field.
- Reflect on experiences, resources, and national positions and the positions of others engaged in the field of international development education; recognize the consequences of this positionality on one’s own understanding of the concepts of human development and wellbeing and of the desire to improve and develop other places and people; and critically examine possibilities for growth and change.
- Analyze information about international development and education (as theory and as practice) from diverse disciplinary, methodological, and epistemological perspectives.
- Evaluate multiple theories of change and effectively apply appropriate theories of change to key international development problems.
- Formulate arguments on topics in international development and education by evaluating and then drawing from academic and practitioner literatures, and identifying and integrating diverse sources of information.
- Communicate ideas, reflections, and research on international development and education effectively to people from a range of perspectives, cultures, backgrounds, and roles in the field of international development (e.g., policymakers, program officers, community members, Peace Corps volunteers, Fulbright, etc.).