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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 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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January 2, 2014 | 11:01 am
By Annelise Hammond-Mulack and Shu Ching ChangResearchers seeking resources on internationalizing teacher education often turn to these key resources and organizations:Internationalizing Teacher Education, published at the NAFSA websiteResources for Internationalizing Teacher Education, a list provided by Educators AbroadResources for Internationalizing Education, links provided by the Consortium for Overseas Student TeachingTeacher Preparation for Global Age, a report published by the Longview Foundation.When specifically seeking information about overseas student teaching, the book Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global Competence is often identified as a leading resource.  The Resources for International Field Experiences page on GTE provides more information about these resources.A wide body of literature focused on international field experiences is available in journals and other publications. This annotated bibliography summarizes the literature available as a... read more
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December 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm
Whether you are a pre-service teacher seeking an international field placement for your student teaching experience, a faculty members seeking resources on providing these opportunities to your students, or a dean who wants to support student teaching abroad in your college, this list of resources can assist you in the process.Global Teacher Education offers several articles and an annotated bibliography on international field experiences for researchers interested in this topic, and suggests the following resources:Intercultural Student Teaching:  A Bridge to Global CompetenceThis book, edited by Kenneth Cushner and Sharon Brennan, provides a comprehensive set of resources on international student teaching opportunities.  The chapters explore a wide range of topics, including making a case for providing international field experiences, considerations for establishing a program abroad, suggestions for preparing students, and research on the impact of these experiences. ... read more
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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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November 26, 2012 | 12:01 pm
There is no denying that charismatic leaders and “lighthouse” projects can have major impact in achieving goals like internationalization. These efforts, however, are often limited and short-lived, missing the chance to have lasting and deep influence in effecting organizational reform in educator preparation. Many colleges have positive initiatives that strive to implement broad goals related to internationalization, but true internationalization is systematic and requires holistic transformation of everything from curriculum to faculty and staff attitudes to funding structures.​True internationalization, according to the report Internationalizing the Campus: A User’s Guide from the American Council on Education (ACE), is not an easy or quick process – requiring one global requirement or adding international content to existing courses will not suffice.  Successful internationalization, “requires making the case to multiple stakeholders and tapping external interest… [it] is a slow,... read more