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SOE Global Initiatives

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Baylor School of Education offers four undergraduate and three graduate study-abroad programs on three different continents. All global experiences are education specific with work in host-country schools, are directed and accompanied by SOE faculty, and include time for site seeing and extra travel.
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Undergraduate Study-Abroad Programs

Interns in Australia
As part of their senior intern experience at Baylor, students spend three weeks teaching in the Camp Hill area of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Interns assist with classroom instruction, present lessons on American culture and conduct research. The Thanksgiving feast is always a favorite for the Baylor students and Aussies alike. After their teaching experience, the students spend the fourth week traveling. The Great Barrier Reef and Sidney are popular destinations.

Faculty Director: Betty Ruth Baker
Term: Fall semester

Interns in England
Baylor senior teaching interns spend three weeks teaching in the London suburbs of Kingston-Upon-Thames and Surbiton. They immerse themselves in the English schools and communities, teaching alongside British mentor teachers and participating in comparative international education seminars and professional development. Weekends and a fourth week are available for travel.

Faculty Co-Directors: Dr. Tony Talbert and Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy
Term: Fall semester

Baylor Education in Costa Rica (ESL)
Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Baylor students study methods of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) the summer after the sophomore or junior year. Students spend mornings at Saint Anthony School, a dual-language, K-12 school. Afternoons are dedicated to course seminars and activities at the National University. On weekends, the group travels outside of San Jose on guided excursions and service projects. Students earn up to six credit hours.

Faculty Director: Rick Strot
Term: Summer One

Costa Rica Spring Break Service Trip
All levels of Baylor students are welcome for this non-credit service trip to Santa Elena School in San Jose, Costa Rica. The discipline-specific trip focuses on work with the school, but students also enjoy cultural site seeing to national treasures such as volcanoes and waterfalls. Over the years, Baylor students have also helped raise money for books and other equipment for the school, which serves Nicaraguan refugees.

Faculty Director: Dr. Randy Wood
Term: Spring Break


Graduate Study-Abroad Programs

School of Education in Italy:
Master’s and doctoral students in Curriculum & Instruction visit schools in Florence, Venice and Rome during the May mini-mester. They work in schools and also spend time seeing sites such as the Vatican, Michelangelo’s David and the canals of Venice, while earning three hours’ credit for a Comparitive Education course.

Faculty Director: Dr. Randy Wood
Term: May Minimester

Educational Psychology in Costa Rica:
During the May mini semester, graduate students earn three hours of credit for EDP5393 Cultural Issues with Children and Families. The class takes place on the sourthern Osa Peninsula region in the Corcovado tropical rain forest and in the Central Valley (San Jose). In both regions students are exposed to contrasts in culture, school, social services and economic conditions. Students interact with school children and teachers and conduct research alongside faculty and Costa Rican graduate students. Site-seeing opportunities include zip lining, kayaking and hiking in the forests.

Faculty Director: Dr. Terrill Saxon
Term: May Minimester

Educational Administration in England:
MSEd students earn six hours of credit and experience research opportunities in London during the first summer session. Students will compare and contrast educational, cultural, political and economic systems while interacting with educators from many countries, ethnicities and religions. The trip includes site seeing, many clutural events, a tour of Parliament and a night spent at the University of Oxford.

Faculty Director: Dr. Mary Ann Jordan
Term: Summer