Travel Study Programs
Comparative Education and Overseas Fieldwork (Graduate)
General Program Description
New Zealand: June 12th - July 9th, 2014
Australia: June 22-July 18, 2015 (tentative)
Comparative Education and Overseas Fieldwork is a six-credit graduate course designed for certified elementary and secondary school teachers, librarians or administrators who would like to expand their learning through the study of educational systems of other English-speaking countries.
Each year, a different country will be the focus on the program: Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. In Spring, the Comparative Education & Overseas Fieldwork course will have two pre-fieldwork seminars. In summer, participants spend three and one half weeks in the country on the schedule. They later join a post-fieldwork seminar in the fall. All seminars are held on Saturdays and/or online.
The three and one half-week overseas component of this course features approximately two weeks in the home of a host teacher who has been assigned by our in-country liaison. During this time, the U.S. teacher will accompany his or her host to school, assist with group and individual instruction, visit other classrooms, and take part in a variety of school activities. The actual activities and their sequence is dependent upon the school, its schedule and the location.
The final week and a half consists of (2) a week of independent studies, during which participants travel at their own expense, and (1) four day educational seminar where U.S. teachers come together as a group.
Highlights and Benefits
- Earn six graduate credits
- Experience a different culture firsthand
- Participate in school and classroom activities
- Live with a host teacher/family
- Explore the history & culture of another country through individual or small group travel
- Extend your travel/cultural experiences beyond the program
- Attend educational seminars in order to...
- Compare educational systems
- Share individual placement experiences
- Learn from informal presentations by guest speakers who will discuss their country's educational programs, policies, practices, and diversity
- Explore and reflect on ways to implement new ideas in your classroom
- Renew your enthusiasm for teaching
- A hybrid of on-campus and international site components