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March 31, 2014 | 5:02 pm
by Jeremy Gombin-SperlingIn an ever more globalized world, with a desire for individuals to be professionally competitive, a growing number of institutions of higher education are encouraging their students to gain international experience during their undergraduate years – most often by studying abroad.  In the realm of colleges of education, more and more undergraduate teacher candidates are now pursuing international student teaching to give them relevant experience.   For many education majors, however, barriers such as demanding graduation requirements, lack of financial resources, inability to garner familial investment, or – despite the discussed trend – minimal college or university support prevent them from going abroad to study or student teach in another country. With the ascent of English as (one could argue) to the ranks of a global lingua franca, governments and communities worldwide want their next generation to be well-versed in the language.  As a result, another type... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:59 am
The number of students who come to today’s college campuses with experience of the world and enthusiasm to learn more is increasing. An American Council on Education report (2008) revealed that 61% of incoming students had traveled in another country with their families, and 51% have close friends or family who live in another country.  These students need to be encouraged to enter teaching.Admissions officers and other advisors play a key role in helping students with these interests and experiences to consider a teaching career. Recruiting such students into teaching could bring a greater variety of international perspectives into classrooms and P-12 schools. Sharing information about teaching careers with students taking internationally themed courses in the Arts and Sciences could entice those with this predisposition to take the classes required for teacher certification.Providing scholarship to students based on international interests sends a clear message that students with... read more