Studying Abroad: Student teaching in another culture

Studying Abroad: Student teaching in another culture
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:00am

The International Student Teaching Program, a new program at the UA operated by our college and Study Abroad, was established last year for students studying elementary education and mild to moderate special education at the university. The program, which is coordinated by the college's Maggie Shafer and Sylvia Munsen, provides UA students with an opportunity to gain student teaching experience in China, Norway, or Mexico. Participants teach internationally for nearly eight weeks after teaching in a local Tucson school for seven and a half weeks. This spring semester, four students are teaching in China, four are teaching in Mexico, and five are teaching in Norway.

The student teachers gain an appreciation, understanding, and respect for another culture, while sharing part of their American culture; compare and contrast the American system of education with that of another country and bring back new ideas and strategies to their future teaching; and grow both professionally and personally while serving as an "American Ambassador."