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Program offers opportunity for student teaching abroad

Posted on Aug 26, 2012
Study away program offers the opportunity to student teach in other countries.
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Program offers opportunity for student teaching abroad

Imagine the idyllic surroundings that teacher education major Christine Holland will experience this fall while student teaching as a math specialist in elementary classrooms at the Royal Wolverhampton School, a traditional boarding school in central England. 

Holland was accepted to the Educators Abroad Program, with which UW-Superior is affiliated, to complete the first 10 weeks of her student teaching. She received the prestigious Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, a federal grant for which students with Pell Grants are eligible to apply, to lessen her expenses for this program.

Holland described her reasons for applying to the program:

"As an education major, it is hard to find time to study abroad. It is difficult to finish within four years, and doing a semester abroad could push back graduation. When I found out that it was an option to student teach abroad, I knew that was something I wanted to do.

"Luckily, I have an amazing husband who understands why I want to leave for three months and teach abroad. The main reason that I want to go abroad is for the experience in a completely different setting. How often do teachers get an opportunity to teach in a completely different country?

"Student teaching at a British boarding school and then at an American public school and being able to see and experience the differences in teaching styles, curriculum, and daily school life will be tremendously beneficial for my future career.

"Another great experience for me abroad is to be the minority. As a white American female, I am rarely the minority in most environments. I want to take the chance to put myself in the position of being the 'outsider' and trying to see what it feels like. I know I will have students in the future who are in that same position, and having experienced it myself, I will be able to show greater empathy for those students."

Educators Abroad offers student teaching placements of 10 to 18 weeks in 50 countries and many states within the United States.  Previous UW-Superior students in the program havedone their student teaching in Australia and Czech Republic.  

Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Susan Masterson, director of UW-Superior's Teacher Education program.

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