Ph.D. in OLPD
Comparative and International Development Education

This Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) track program prepares you to conduct research and provide sophisticated consultation into how schools and educational systems across the world reflect varied cultural, economic, and political contexts, and how forces like globalization, internationalization, and intercultural and educational exchanges influence individual and community learning and experiences.

Your contributions to research will help policymakers, scholars, and school systems all over the world to understand more deeply how education can aid in the creation of equitable and just communities through the design of policies and programs that support authentic learning and development.

A unique feature of this program is its cohort approach to doctoral education. Students in both the on-campus program and in the blended Leadership in Intercultural and International Education (LIIE) cohort form life-long professional relationships with their peers through common courses designed to build community and establish supportive networks. Although the curriculum allows students to select many of their own classes, our graduates consistently note the beneficial nature of the common core courses for their professional development.

About our students

When I think of what it will take to develop African countries for the 21st century and beyond, the most effective solution is quality education. Specifically, higher education due to its ability to train working professionals and generate new knowledge for growing industries.

Obafemi Ogunleye

Obafemi has worked as a lecturer at Abadina College in Ibadan, Nigeria where he began observing the education sector to identify needs in local communities. His current research explores the role of technical and vocational education and training as a solution to high levels of youth unemployment. In addition, he works as a teaching assistant for an Introduction to Project Management course.


Doctoral students in Comparative and International Development Education gain the capacity to:

  • Articulate and analyze historical and contemporary challenges in education across international and intercultural contexts.
  • Design meaningful, relevant research projects; collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data; and provide clear and actionable insights for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Develop and teach courses in comparative, international, and intercultural education; research methods; and allied fields (e.g., applied linguistics, inclusive education, leadership, and teacher education).
  • Become faculty members in top internationally-oriented academic programs across the nation and globe who apply theory to practice and use practice to build theory in addressing some of our most challenging educational issues and problems.
  • Become leaders in international development, international education, and intercultural education institutions who use their expertise to improve policy, school organization, classroom practices, and formal and informal learning in international and intercultural contexts.


  • Director of international admissions
  • Associate provost for international programs
  • Centenary professor of educational leadership and policy
  • Research manager
  • Project director


  • 72 credits completed in 3-5 years for full time students
  • Curriculum


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
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