Welcome to UMD's
Department of Education's
International Student Teaching!
We are very excited to announce we are now making placements is four countries!
Belize, Ireland, Mexico and Slovenia
The International Student Teaching experience is an eight-week placement for Early Childhood, Elementary Education andSecondary Education candidates. A professor from the local colleges at the designated locations will supervise all student teachers. A local coordinator is responsible for finding housing for UMD's supervise all studen teachers. All students will be placed in homes with a local family, boarding houses or apartments. Toward the beginning of the student's eight-week stay, one or two UMD faculty members will visit each student teacher. The purpose of this visit is to observe the students in their classroom, review expectations with their cooperating teacher, review housing placements, and resolve any problems the students might be experiencing.
Students will teach in Punta Gorda, Belize. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only county in Central America where English is an official language, although Creole and Spanish are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles of territory and 320,000 people, the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the western hemisphere. Culturally, Belize associates primarily with the English-speaking Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago.
Students will teach in Ljubljana, Slovenia at an International School that teaches all classes in English. Slovenia is a country in Central Europe touching the Alps and bordering the Adriatic Sea. Around 40% of Slovenia's land mass is elevated land-mostly in the form of mountains and plateaus-which is located in the interior regions of the country. The highest point of Slovenia is the 2,864 metre(9,396ft) high Mount Triglav. The majority of the population speaks Slovene, which is also the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian and Italian.
Students will teach in the Newbridge, Galway and Limerick areas of Ireland. Ireland is the third largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. A strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through native sports, Irish music and the Irish language, alongside a common Western culture, such as contemporary music and drama, and sports such as football, rugby and golf, and the English language.
FORS 3131 International Student Teaching (6 credits). Students will combine this experience with 6 credits student teaching in the United States.
Cost & What's included
Program package includes: Tuition for the 6 credit course, on-site teaching supervisor, international health insurance.
Students must be in good academic standing, receive program approval, and must be an early childhood, elementary or secondary major.
Participants MUST have a passport, valid for at least 6 months after their return to the United States.
All education majors must also complete the UMD Student Teaching application and submit it to the Field Experience by the fourth Friday of the previous semester that they will student teach. Student Teaching applications can be found at: http://www.d.umn.edu/educ/programs/field_experience/index.html
Study abroad applications are also required and can be found online at http://www.d.umn.edu/ieo/programs/apply.htm. There is a $50 applicaiton fee that will be billed to your student account upon receipt of application.