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Programs in International and Comparative Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
IED Professional Specializations > African Education

African Education

Liaison: Professor Susan Garnett Russell

The concentration in African Education reflects the growing demand within schools and other public agencies for persons knowledgeable about the diverse institutions and historical processes that have shaped the African continent and its educational systems. There is also an unprecedented need for educators and policy makers who understand the fundamental changes in African education stemming from decentralization, democratization, and privatization as well as religious and political movements on the continent. The concentration provides students with a foundation in African studies through courses on cultural and social relations in African communities, demographic changes on the continent, and comparative studies of education in specific African countries. Those who select this concentration will be prepared for further academic studies as well as for professional careers in teaching, policy-making, and international development. Students are encouraged to consult with one of the faculty members affiliated with the concentration to select courses from other departments at Teachers College as well as from other programs at Columbia University.