The Iowa State University international student teaching program is unlike any other in the country. This established program, fostered by Iowa State University faculty/staff through relationships with international school district partners, offers:
- An authentic cultural experience — for most of the countries the student is immersed in a local teaching experience or an international school that draws students from around the world.
- Support from the ISU coordinator that thoroughly knows the area and has a direct relationship with the local school district.
- Clinical experience that meets all of the ISU and State of Iowa teaching requirements, including being evaluated by an ISU supervisor.
About the program
- The student can student teach eight weeks in another country as an option for the second half of the usual culminating student teaching experience.
- Destination locations vary from semester to semester. Students can learn more about upcoming locations at an open house at the beginning of each semester.
- The student will be part of a small group of ISU students participating in the student teaching experience for that country.
- The full-time student teaching experience is the focus of the trip and students are held to State of Iowa and ISU program standards and expectations for studying abroad.
- An ISU site coordinatorvisits the student teacher during the student teaching experience to supervise and evaluate the student.
- When free time permits, students can take part in sight-seeing and other local adventures.
- Most students do not need to know the local language for teaching purposes, with the exception of the Ecuador site which offers a dual language curriculum where instructions is conducted in either English or Spanish. The Spanish side of EC would require a proficiency test that would determine eligibility
Students receive the support of the ISU School of Education coordinator, who has invested a considerable amount of time in developing lasting long-term relationships with the participating country’s school district and the surrounding area:
- Once chosen, the ISU coordinator is closely involved with the student, including visiting the student while the student is teaching.
- ISU arranges housing for the students.
- A series of pre-departure meetings helps prepare students for the upcoming trip. Former international student teachers are there to answer questions.
- The ISU supervisor observes several days of student teaching the classroom.
If you are interested in international student teaching, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to attend the Open House the semester before you student teach. You will need to sign-up for an interview date/time slot at this event.
Students can begin looking into this program early. To be considered for the program, the student completes an application, which can be submitted well in advance, and participates in an interview.
Application: The application can be found on the ISU Abroad site.
Interview: Sign up for your interview at the International and Outside Locations Open House early the semester before student teaching, or see Ann Pierce to secure a time.
- Tuition and fees
- Program fee
- Travel to/from the destination
- Incidentals: food, entertainment, personal expenses
The program fee varies depending on the site. It covers the costs involved in making the placement, partnering with the local school district, and conducting the supervision of the student. The program fee makes this self-supporting program possible.
Travel grant: The College of Human Sciences offers a travel grant of up to $800 to qualifying students.
Pack up your lesson plans for the ultimate continental capstone experience!
Join other adventurous Iowa State University student teachers around the globe. Put your best instructional skills to use as you work with international youth. At the same time, let them teach you about their amazing cultures. Look beyond the campus: There’s a whole big world out there. Now look inside your new teaching bag bulging with ideas: See the whole new world of opportunities for some lucky young students in there.
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