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December 6, 2013 | 1:44 pm
Many campuses and organizations offer international field experiences in education.  This list of program providers and campuses that offer these experiences can assist pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for their student teaching experience, faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to their students, or deans who want to support student teaching abroad in their colleges.Program ProvidersThe following programs provide international field experiences for pre-service teachers.  If a contact is provided, click on the name and you will be directed to that user's profile where you can message that person directly for more information by clicking on the “Send Message” icon.BridgeBridge has nearly 30 years of experience promoting student mobility through international experiences by bringing international students to the United States and sending American students abroad.  Bridge offers English language training in five countries, study... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:24 pm
Spending time abroad helps teacher educators expand their knowledge of other countries and cultures, as well as build relationships and explore common research interests with colleagues outside the United States. Faculty involved in international initiatives often become committed to them and maintain international connections, which can enrich the education of pre-service teachers. Instructors who travel are more likely to encourage students to do so.The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Committee on Global Diversity encourages the development of teacher education practices to promote global perspectives.  As part of its membership in the Japan–United States Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC), AACTE sponsors an annual seminar that convenes Japanese teacher educators and their counterparts from the United States . This seminar aims to promote understanding and collaborative research on education topics of interest in both countries. JUSTEC seminars... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 11:55 am
Faculty and administrators often turn first to student teaching abroad when considering international experiences for pre-service teachers. Colleges of education, however, have other international options to consider for their students.  Study Abroad and Supplemental Experiences for Pre-Service TeachersTrends toward short-term spring or summer experiences are attractive options for students in tightly scheduled programs such as teacher preparation, or for students for whom extended stays away from their home campuses are not possible. Clearly, it is not possible to fully appreciate the complexities of another culture during a three- or four-week visit.  Indeed, many have questioned whether a student can have more than superficial exposure through these kinds of experiences. However, short, carefully-planned programs may spark a desire for further cross-cultural learning, lay a foundation for longer experiences, provide basic language instruction, or establish relationships that... read more