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School of Education - George Mason University

PhD International Education / Education Leadership Specialization

The PhD in Education specialization in international education and education leadership (IEEL) is a unique opportunity for international school professionals to complete a PhD in a specialized cohort program that includes online and summer face-to-face classes.  Cohort recruitment occurs biannually.

If you have questions about this specialization, please contact the specialization representative, April Mattix Foster.

About the Specialization

The focus for this joint specialization is on teacher leaders, early administrators, and others interested in international schools both locally and globally. Courses are designed to help aspiring leaders in the international school community earn a PhD. Students will engage in doctoral studies at one of the highest-ranking research institutions in the United States of America.

Participation in the IEEL Specialization will ensure that your coursework is complete over three years (three summers and six semesters). Once students advance to candidacy they have four years to complete their doctoral dissertation. Cohort applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of teaching and/or leadership experience in educational settings, or equivalent leadership experience.