Course of Study

A. CORE EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT (12 credit hours total)

  • EDFI 6030. Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3 hrs)
    An interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of culture and its relation to education; cross-cultural and international education; globalization; text and language; immigration and displacement; human possibility, subjectivity and identity.
  • EDFI 6010. Comparative Education (3 hrs)
    Comparative study and critique of the role of education in national and global development. Emphasis on the interrelationship between cultural, economic, and political factors and the roles of education in selected developed and developing nations.
  • EDFI 6750. Cross-Cultural Human Development and Learning (3 hrs)
    Study of theories of human development and perspectives on learning from a cross-cultural approach. Special emphasis placed on the contextual nature of human development and its relation to sociocultural contexts.
  • EDFI 7600. Seminar in International Education Policy (3 hrs)
    Critical examination of the historical, cultural, economic, social and political forces shaping education policy from an international and global perspective.


All students must complete a minor, or "cognate" of a minimum of nine graduate credit hours. The cognate consists of courses from the College of Arts and Sciences or other Colleges across campus that focus on topics related to a particular international or cross-cultural theme.  (See list of cognates and courses at the bottom of the page.)


Students can complete their Language Acquisition Component in one of three ways:

1.  Students can enter the program with a prerequisite of at least two semesters of a foreign language (undergraduate or graduate).

2.   Students may demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through an exam process. (Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows demonstrate proficiency by submitting their Description of Service showing training in a foreign language related to their PC service.)

3.   Students may take 4-6 credit hours of a foreign language. (Possibilities include at least 6 credits of an undergraduate foreign language or 4 credits in a graduate level intensive language course.)

D. RESEARCH AND INQUIRY COMPONENT (6 credit hours total)

1.  EDFI 6420. Research in Education  (3 hrs)
Identification and evaluation of research problems, research designs, use of library resources, data gathering, and writing research reports.

Choose one of the following:

  • EDFI 6410. Statistics in Education (3 hrs)
    Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size.


  • EDFI 7540. Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs)
    Examines the history and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research in education. Students will review a variety of qualitative studies and apply fundamental methods of data collection and analysis in conducting a small qualitative case study.


EDFI 6890. Internship in Cross-Cultural Education (3-6 hrs)
Students will spend a minimum of 120 contact hours at the field site and 15 academic contact hours.

All students must complete a supervised internship (EDFI 6890) in a setting which provides a unique opportunity for the individual to learn and participate in a professional environment different from the participant’s own cultural perspective. This internship can be in an international setting or in an under-served cultural population within the United States. (As part of Goal #3, Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows must complete their internship in the United States or its Territories.) In this course, students apply academic learning to the practice of educational development. The academic portion of this class consists of reflection and synthesis of the internship and academic courses in structured, online discussions. For students completing Option I (thesis), this internship may also serve as the location and preparation for the thesis research. 


  • Option I: MA Thesis (6 credit hours minimum)
    EDFI 6990. Thesis Research  (1-12).
    A minimum of six (6) thesis credit hours is required. Enrollment hours may exceed six (6) credits but no more than 6 hours creditable toward degree.
  • Option II: Comprehensive Examination
    Students choosing Option II will take comprehensive examinations at the end of their final semester in the program. Students must be enrolled in at least one (1) credit hour at the University when taking the comprehensive exam.

Education Certificate Cognates: New to the program! Students may now elect particular cognate pathways within the College of Education and Human Development resulting in the completion of a graduate-level certificate program in a particular area such as special education or assistive technology. Please contact Dr. Bruce Collet, MACIE Program Coordinator, for more information at

LIST OF COGNATES AND COURSES (Interdisciplinary Strands)

Students take at least nine (9) credit hours in ONE of the following interdisciplinary cognates:

COGNATE: Gender Constructs across Cultures

HIST/WS 6140: Gender and the State in Modern Europe
ETHN 6400: Women and Globalization
ETHN 6500: Sexuality, Race, and Nation
ECON 5400: Women, the Economy, and Society
SOC 5500: Gender in Families
SOC 6530: Social Psychology of the Intimate Dyad
WS 6200: Feminist Theory
WS 6800: Global Feminism
WS 7700: Seminar in Women’s Culture
WS 7800: Women of Color and Feminism

COGNATE: Educational Development and Marginalized Populations

ETHN 6200: Theories of Race Relations, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
ETHN 6400: Women and Globalization
FCS 5860: Understanding Latino Families
POLS 5600: Politics and Issues of World Development
POLS 5730: International Law
POLS 5750: International Organization
POLS 5760: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS 5790: Conflict Resolution
POLS 5800: Special Topics (Human Rights)
POLS 6440/6450: Environmental Policy; Env’t Management
POLS 6510: Seminar in Comparative Government
POLS 6710: Seminar in International Relations
PUBH 5030: Issues in Global Health
SOC 6210: Population & Society
SOC 6540: Family Theory and Resolution
SOC 7230: Population and Third World Development
SOC 7260: Migration
SOC 7380: Race and Ethnic Relations
HIST 5030 (4030): Contemporary Africa
HIST 5040 (4040): Africa and World Politics
History courses with a focus on marginalized populations
WS 6800: Global Feminism

COGNATE: Second Language Acquisition

ENG 6100: Theories in TESL
ENG 6150: Modern English Linguistics
ENG 6160: Language Variation
ENG 6120: Methods in TESL
ENG 5170: Applied Syntax
ENG 5180: Applied Phonology
SPAN 6800: Second Language Acquisition (taught in English and Spanish)
SPAN 6800: Seminar in Spanish Linguistics
Sociolinguistics/Psycholinguistics Options (e.g.: FREN 5300, GERM 5200, SPAN 6550, or other socio- or psycholinguistic course)

BGSU now offers a 12-credit TESOL Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking one additional TESOL class. For more information, see:

COGNATE: Public Policy

HIST 6120: Introduction to Policy History
HIST 6140: Gender and the State in Modern Europe
POLS 5540: Politics of Commonwealth of Independent States
POLS 5730: International Law
POLS 5750: International Organization
POLS 5760: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS 5780: International Conflict
POLS 5790: Conflict Resolution
POLS 6120: Public Administration Ethics (US focus)
POLS 6200: Public Administration and Public Policy (US focus)
POLS 6230: Public Policy Analysis/Program Evaluation
POLS 6710: Seminar in International Relations
SOC 7230: Population and Third World Development

Student Designed Cognate: In the event that a student has a particular professional interest in an area that logically combines nine hours of courses in the College of Arts and Sciences or other colleges across campus for another international thematic strand, that student, under the guidance and approval of the advisor, may create his/her own cognate.  

Course Selection: Because cognates take students outside of the College of Education & Human Development, course changes are out of the control of MACIE faculty. Students should check the course listings on-line for the most up to date list of course names and schedules. Some departments utilize the same course number (e.g. 6800) for several different topics. Some courses are offered once per semester, per year, or on demand.  Check with department for planned offering.