GVSU's Barbara H. Padnos International Center and the Consortium of Overseas Student Teachers (COST program) have partnered with College of Education faculty to offer a number of programs for Education students to study abroad. Brief descriptions of some of the opportunities are included below, but you are also encouraged to visit http://www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/ to search for opportunities and begin your study abroad journey.
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Teacher Assisting (During EDI 330, EDI 331, or EDI 332)
Student Teaching (During EDI 430 or EDI 431)
Managing Classroom Environments (During EDF 310)
Reading Assessment and Corrective Methods (During EDR 320 or EDR 321)
Technology in Education (EDT 370)
Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (During EDF 672)
WHAT: Consortium of Overseas Student Teachers
WHO: 15 universities across the continental U.S.
WHERE: 15 countries worldwide
Ourense, Spain: This program offers an opportunity for students in the College of Education to explore the educational system and cultures of the Galicia region in Northern Spain. Students will also be teaching in the local schools, either in English or Spanish based on student needs. Students will be placed depending on two considerations: 1) Their certification needs dictating placement at the secondary or elementary level 2) Their major/minor needs if secondary. There is no language prerequisite for this program. Students will participate in a dual placement program that facilitates half a semester placement stateside and half a semester placement abroad during the teacher assisting semester.
Students will be housed with host families, thereby immersing them in Spain’s culture. Students will explore Ourense by taking a tour of the city and trips to The Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, the Capilla del Cristo, the Ponte Vella (Old Bridge), and the Spa and Thermal area. Additional cultural experiences include weekend trips to Santiago de Compostela, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century and home to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Students will also spend a weekend in Albergue “Os Biocos” where they will go hiking, make astronomical observations, visit medieval castle "Castillo de Castro Caldelas", explore Roman mines, and see century old chestnut and oak trees. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in excursions to Madrid and Portugal.
This experience could greatly impact a student’s ability to teach in a multi-cultural setting. It will also offer students the opportunity to experience another culture and assist in the creation of culturally competent students and educators.
This program is designed to give graduate students in the College of Education (COE) an opportunity to learn about social and cultural differences and apply their learning to systems of education in the U.S. while visiting the Dominican Republic. The EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education course is one of two courses (EDF 671 & ED 672) that graduate students are required to take in the COE Foundations unit. EDF 672 will be offered as a study abroad section in the Dominican Republic. Students will enroll for the spring session at GVSU and spend two of those six weeks in the Dominican Republic. Three pre departure meetings will take place while in the U.S. For distance students, these meetings will be available via Skype. Additionally, a web-enhanced component will be available for students to complete some course work prior to living for the Dominican Republic.
Program excursions include trips to Samana, Museum of the Mirabal Sisters, Playa Sosua (beach), Cento Leon Museum, and an overnight stay in Santo Domingo. An emphasis on higher education will be included in the curriculum. Students will visit two very different universities in Santo Domingo and in Santiago. They will learn about the structure, organization, and student experiences (school persistence) in both the private and public university system in Dominican Republic.
Stellenbosch, South Africa - The College of Education at GVSU collaborates with the University of Stellenbosch School of Education to offer education students a six week teacher assisting experience in area elementary or secondary schools, in English medium classes. GVSU students first complete their required coursework and the first ten weeks of their teacher assisting in a West Michigan school. The last weeks of their teacher assisting are completed in a South African school. During the South African school vacation, GVSU students participate in travel and touring throughout the Cape Peninsula, one of the most beautiful regions on the planet.