Center for International Education and Research (CIER)

The Center for International Education and Research (CIER) was developed in response to the recognition within the School of Education of the increasing internationalization and inter-disciplinary nature of education and research by the School of Education and College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) faculty and administration. It brings together leading scholars and educators within the school and college, as well as from across the university, to address undergraduate and graduate program research needs.

CIER promotes, supports, and initiates important regional, national, and international programs as well as conducts and disseminates research addressing educational, cultural, linguistic, and social diversity issues in relation to access to education, social, cultural, and linguistic capital/justice/equity in partnership with other centers and institutions around the globe.


  • Resources for International Students
  • Resources for Teachers, Students, and Researchers of Second and Foreign Language Learning
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Contact Information-school districts, ESL teachers, principals

Affiliated Programs

CIER Affiliated Programs:

  • Literacy and Second Language Studies 
  • Educational Studies
  • Special Education 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Health Education 
  • Asian Studies
  • School of World Languages and Culture 

Center Goals

1. Build collaborative networks and partnerships within the college and the university as well as with regional, national, and global communities. These affiliations will help us work towards fulfilling our mission.

2. Contribute to internationalization of curriculum through university wide and global cooperation.

3. Provide leadership and create opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars to engage in world-class research and collaborative opportunities in supportive international communities of education and research practice.

4. Engage in research in areas that include: first/second/additional/indigenous/minority/heritage language and literacy education policies and practices, immigrant and migrant education and cultural studies, special and health education, comparative education, curriculum and instruction, and sustainable development.

5. Pursue internal and external grants for research, professional development, and programs.

6. Disseminate research findings and share resources.