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About ICE

The International Comparative Education (ICE) concentration is a multidisciplinary, international, cross-cultural program of training that places educational problems into an international and comparative framework.

Core courses explore how education is related to economic, political, and social development in both developed and developing countries. The program provides a strong theoretical and empirical base for studying education in a rapidly changing global context and for understanding the how and why of successful policy-making to improve educational practice in different social settings.

In both its training and research activities, ICE has developed a special concern for the study of education in less developed countries. At the same time, several faculty are engaged in research comparing educational policies and conditions in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The relationships among educational research, educational policy, and educational planning are important in the program's intellectual agenda.

In both its doctoral and master's programs, ICE tries to meet the needs of professionals who are willing to question conventional beliefs and models about the role of education in society. To this end, ICE has developed a basic first-year core sequence (ED 306 A, B, C, D) that seeks to apply the conceptual and methodological tools of the major social science disciplines — economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology — to the study of education and development.

The International Comparative Education Concentration (ICE) is housed within the Social Sciences, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education (SHIPS) division of the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Austin Ross Dike

“No other international education program has a capstone project or paper that is anywhere close to the ICE MA paper in terms of breadth and intensity.”

Taryn Moore

“Two of the most special features of the ICE-IEPA program are its small cohort size and the opportunity to do research. ”