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February 27, 2014 | 9:28 am
Colleges of education around the country are partnering with non-profit organizations in unique ways to advance their internationalization goals. For example, World Savvy created a Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program in collaboration with Teachers College at Columbia University and Asia Society, available to classroom teachers across the United States.Michigan State is working with the Institute for Educational Leadership to bring former policy fellows to China. Miami University of Ohio has a partnership office within the College of Education to build and manage both domestic and international partnerships that enhance their teacher preparation programs.Partnerships exist between multiple institutions and non-profits for specific teach abroad programs as well. Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) and Educators Abroad are two programs that provide opportunities for quality student teaching placement and supervision outside the United States, both utilizing different... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:47 am
Colleges of education are finding ways to provide a growing number of pre-service teachers with opportunities to spend time abroad - despite time and resource limitations and state certification requirements.  Ken Cushner and Jennifer Mahon (2002) argue that "Conditions in the world today demand that teachers have increased internatioal knowledge and experience that they can transmit to the students in their charge.  Developing the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve such objectives requires significant immersion experiences in cultures other than one's own" (p. 44).Advising students about these opportunities early in their undergraduate education, even during the college application process, increases the likelihood they will be able to fit them into a tight schedule. Admissions recruiters explicitly market the fact that students can fulfill their student teaching requirements overseas, so they come into the program knowing this and can plan accordingly.Enhancing student... read more