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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.

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. Core courses explore how education is related to economic, political, and social development in both developed and developing countries.

Through its training and research activities, faculty and students in ICE are concerned with the study of education and comparisons among educational policies and conditions in a wide range of 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, D) that seeks to apply the conceptual and methodological tools of the major social science disciplines — economics, sociology, and political science — 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. ”