Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Richard Rodman


This capstone provides specific internationalization suggestions tailored to the specific needs of one secondary school in the United States, as an integral part of a larger internationalization effort. It offers a definition and strategy of curriculum integration as a path toward comprehensive internationalization with measurable outcomes related to the goal. These strategies will result in deeper integration of study abroad programming into the school’s academic curriculum. The proposal is grounded in Reimer (2017) and Dewey’s (1937) vision of citizenship education in a global community to address the micro-level needs of students, parents, and the community at an independent school.

The proposal suggests (1) incorporating a required Developing Cultural Competencies course into the school's curriculum, (2) piloting course-linked programs that enhance the school's elective courses with an international study component, (3) identifying new funding sources for student scholarships and faculty professional development, and (4) expanding faculty professional development to grow awareness of study abroad programs and their benefits for student learning. Finally, the paper explores the implications, challenges, and limitations of current research and suggests opportunities for future inquiry into internationalizing independent secondary schools in the United States.

Key words: Curriculum integration, secondary education, study abroad, faculty, intercultural communication


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | International and Comparative Education | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development