Sep 19, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Advocacy, B.A.

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The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in International Advocacy offered through the School of Education must complete all the University general degree requirements.

International Advocacy is a practical, engaging program designed to prepare aspiring professionals for careers teaching and advocating holistically for children and youth in and beyond educational settings. The program will prepare learners to support the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs of children and youth across cultural contexts. Learners will develop deep understanding of the intersection between education, child development, world cultures, and social justice. Learners will become trained educators, advocates, and leaders who positively impact the lives of children and youth in their local communities and around the world.

Criteria for Completion of the Major

  • Completion of all CORE, major related and degree requirements
  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours
  • Overall Grade Point Average of 2.50 or above
  • Achieved a grade of “B” or better in ED 333 and ED 433
  • Achieved a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in all courses required for the major. A course may only be repeated one time to improve the grade earned. Due to the nature of this degree field, courses are required in Education and various other academic disciplines.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Students completing a degree in International Advocacy must complete the following courses:

Technology Requirement

The School of Education’s computer competency requirement will be met by the following course:


A minor in International Advocacy is available. 


In addition to the general degree requirements stated earlier in this catalog, International Advocacy majors must meet the Conceptual Framework Goals of the Avila University School of Education and the learning outcomes for the major. These goals/outcomes are aligned with the NAFSA Association of International Educators Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for Globally Competent Educators. The full text of the NAFSA knowledge, skills, and dispositions can be found on the School of Education website.

The learning outcomes for the International Advocacy major are as follows:

Outcome 1.

Professional Communication: Learners will demonstrate an ability to communicate and interact effectively across cultures, including strong competencies in oral, written, nonverbal, group processing, and technological communication skills.

Outcome 2.

Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Learners will exhibit higher level thinking skills, including critical and reflective thinking, evaluative reasoning, and problem solving, in multiple venues.

Outcome 3.

Professionalism: Learners will demonstrate professional knowledge of education policy and issues which impact educational access and child development. Learners will demonstrate ethical professional behaviors that foster positive human relationships and demonstrate respect for various forms of diversity across cultural contexts.

Outcome 4.

Child and Youth Development: Learners will demonstrate knowledge of child development and human behavior to better advocate and support the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs of children in and beyond educational settings. Learners will understand differences in cultural, political, social, and economic systems and their impact on educational and child development.

Outcome 5.

Leadership, Service, and Advocacy: Learners will demonstrate a commitment to lead, serve, and advocate in an ethical and ardent manner. Learners will apply knowledge gained in various institutions, organizations, and agencies to generate approaches and avenues for educational development and advocacy on behalf of children and youth.

Outcome 6.

Implementing and Managing Instruction: Learners will demonstrate appropriate uses of research-based strategies and technologies to deliver effective lessons in formal and non-formal education and advocacy settings. Learners will demonstrate appropriate use of assessments for measuring and promoting learning and development.

Outcome 7.

International Education and Child Development: Learners will exhibit a deep understanding of the intersection between education, social systems, world cultures, and child development in order to become effective advocates for children and youth.


The Conceptual Framework goals, NAFSA Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions, and the program outcomes are assessed through:

  • Performance on class assignments and key assessments in every course as indicated on course syllabi.
  • International Advocacy Field Experience I performance evaluations.
  • International Advocacy Field Experience II performance evaluations.
  • Completion of the Cultural Intelligence Scale administrations at pre-test and post-test as incorporated in designated course syllabi.

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