International and Comparative Education
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Overview
International and comparative education is a program that focuses on the educational phenomena, practices and institutions within different societies and states in comparative perspective, and the study of international educational issues. includes instruction in comparative research methods, country- or area-specific studies, crossnational studies of learning and teaching styles, international educational policy and development, and analyses of educational migration patterns and experiences.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in international and comparative education at each level last year.
0100200300400500Bachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all international and comparative education graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 86% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 69% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in international and comparative education earned in the last academic year, 82% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 83% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in a specialized program in education, which includes international and comparative education and 19 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in a specialized program in education have a median salary of $57,367.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 45% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 23% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education, which consists of 20 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.2%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 9% of workers who earned a bachelor's in a specialized program in education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Specialized Program in Education (which combines 20 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including international and comparative education

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed international and comparative education within the ACS a specialized program in education degree designation, which contains a total of 20 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree a specialized program in education. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS a specialized program in education degree
Indian/Native American Education
Specialized Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Adult and Continuing Education
Montessori Teacher Education
Specialized Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Adult Literacy Tutor
Specialized Education
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Sales and Marketing Operations/Distribution Teacher Education
Technical Teacher Education
Multicultural Education
Computer Teacher Education
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Specialized Teacher Education and Professional Development in Specific Subject Areas
International and Comparative Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
Employment overview
Percentage of a specialized program in education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage a specialized program in education majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 24.7% of a specialized program in education graduates are currently not working. However, only 2.2% are classified as "unemployed," while 22.4% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

75%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether a specialized program in education majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

2.2%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for a specialized program in education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for a specialized program in education majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$57,367$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for a specialized program in education majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$57K$60K$53K$37K$57K$58K$74K$57K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate for-profit (35.7% )Local government (20.9% )Private not-for-profit (12.6% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (4.7% )State government (17.2% )Self Emp. Incoporated (3.9% )Federal government (5.0% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for a specialized program in education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (49%)
Women (51%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that a specialized program in education has more women than most other degrees.

51%49%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of a specialized program in education majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$63K$53K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For a specialized program in education graduates, men generally earn 20% more than women. This is better than many: 66% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

20%20%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of a specialized program in education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for a specialized program in education graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$64K$63K$59K$64K$62K$54K$51K$27K$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
010K20K30KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can a specialized program in education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for a specialized program in education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all international and comparative education completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 69% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in international and comparative education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in international and comparative education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in a specialized program in education when in college.

We know that about 45% a specialized program in education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of a specialized program in education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 59% of other fields.

45%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: a specialized program in education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 45% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in a specialized program in education, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in a specialized program in education by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$52K$63K$62K$88K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

23%71%20%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for a specialized program in education majors
Careers for a specialized program in education majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree a specialized program in education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in international and comparative education and 19 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the a specialized program in education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in international and comparative education. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
18.9%
Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
7.0%
Education administrators
$0$200K$68K
4.1%
Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
4.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
3.4%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
2.4%
Counselors
$0$200K$44K
1.8%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
1.7%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$43K
1.6%
Agricultural Managers
$0$200K$39K
1.5%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
$0$200K$61K
1.1%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
1.0%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
$0$200K$59K
0.9%
General and operations managers
$0$200K$67K
0.9%
Librarians
$0$200K$51K
0.8%
Human resources workers
$0$200K$54K
0.8%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$63K
0.8%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten a specialized program in education careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by a specialized program in education graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Elementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteraturePsychologyEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsSecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingBiologyBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and GovernmentNursingChemistryPhysicsAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsMarketingFinanceSociologySocial WorkCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionGeneral AgricultureAnimal SciencesAgriculture Production and ManagementPlant Science and AgronomyAgricultural EconomicsMusicElementary and middleschool teachersSecondary school teachersEducation administratorsPostsecondary teachersManagers (specializedareas)Secretaries andadministrative assistantsCounselorsAgricultural ManagersTeachers and instructors(specialized areas)Chief executives andlegislatorsAll others
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer international and comparative education degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
American University
DC
7,793
15.5
$32,732
86%
80%
Avila University
MO
1,256
19.4
$20,092
73%
69%
Bethel University
MN
2,944
17.9
$28,706
92%
73%
Duke University
NC
8,085
11.0
$22,011
94%
96%
Florida International University
FL
37,254
38.8
$12,219
67%
60%
George Washington University
DC
11,046
21.2
$37,638
89%
83%
Georgia State University
GA
22,758
24.9
$15,350
57%
54%
Indiana University - Bloomington
IN
34,145
20.8
$12,488
84%
79%
Kent State University at Kent
OH
21,380
27.6
$18,156
66%
60%
Lehigh University
PA
5,483
12.3
$26,933
94%
89%
Loyola University Chicago
IL
11,355
18.6
$34,526
86%
74%
New York University
NY
28,166
16.3
$36,256
86%
84%
Vanderbilt University
TN
6,797
10.4
$23,295
91%
93%
Graduate program details
Explore international and comparative education graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
George Washington University
Program in International Education (Master of Arts in Education)
DC
142
83%
$75
13
Loyola University Chicago
Program in Higher Education (Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy)
IL
275
63%
$50
New York University
Program in International Education (Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy)
NY
220
64%
$75
New York University
Program in Environmental Conservation Education (Master of Arts)
NY
36
92%
$75
Explore similar programs

International and Comparative Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Education Administration and Theory. Is there a different program that's close to International and Comparative Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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