Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey, and an instrumental experience in further studying human behavior and communication within different cultural contexts.
Education department faculty members encourage students to, when possible, enhance their learning through participation in off-campus programs. Here are some things to consider as an education major as you plan your off-campus study experience:
- Level-one teacher education courses will need to be completed before studying off campus.
- Second semester sophomore year or first semester junior year are the ideal times to study off campus. To do this, you should meet with an education professor early in your freshman year.
- The elementary program is tight and has minimal flexibility, so off campus studies often best fit during May, June and July terms. Spanish majors will be required to study one semester off campus. The secondary education program is also tight, but offers greater flexibility in selection of courses to meet General Education requirements. Secondary students planning to study off campus for a semester should save at least two general education courses to take while they are off campus.
- Please meet with an education professor as early as possible to work out a plan that might include off campus study.
To receive your teacher certification, you’ll conclude your time at Hope with a semester of student teaching. Depending on your specialty, track and record of performance, you may be eligible to complete your student reaching off campus at the following sites or other cities and countries around the world.
- Chicago Semester
Chicago may be the perfect opportunity for you if you wish to student teach in an urban setting. Hope College is part of a consortium of colleges (Chicago Semester) that arranges for student teaching placements in the heart of the city. They seek strong students who have a heart for teaching in diverse, urban settings. More information can be found on our Chicago Semester sheet.
- Philadelphia Semester
Another opportunity to student teach in an urban setting, may be in Philadelphia. Hope College manages a consortium of colleges that arranges for student teaching placements in the urban Philadelphia area.
- South Dakota Semester
- A unique experience for student teaching is on an indian reservation. The Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota has been an option since 1992. his experience is about cultural immersion and a love for the Lakota Sioux culture.
- Other Domestic Placements
- While students are generally placed in the immediate geographic region of Hope College for their student teaching assignments, there are sometimes legitimate reasons to request an unofficial, domestic, off-campus placement. In some cases, students wish to have an experience in a unique, geographical location, while in other instances, the student requests a placement close to home for financial reasons. More information can be found on our domestic student teaching page.
- International Placements
- Students interested in fulfilling the student teaching placement in an international setting will work through an outside agency, Interaction International-CCTECC. This organization has a long and successful history of placing student teachers in schools around the world. In addition to adhering to Hope’s placement details for student teaching, Interaction International also provides extensive orientation activities over and above Hope’s for students participating in its program.
May and June Terms
- May Terms
Rosebud Indian Reservation
Learning the difference between the ghost dance and the sun dance of the Lakota Sioux is good for an increased cultural awareness and for the spirit. When the two are mixed, they define your experience on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, located in south-central South Dakota.
This May term has been an option for the past 25 years, and students love it. The Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota provides an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Lakota Sioux as well as work in the Todd County School district or health care settings.
Trips to Wounded Knee, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the Akta Lakota and St. Francis museums provide further information about the Sioux Nation.
Hope Comes to Watts
This is a three-week experience in Los Angeles, California, at the Watts Learning Center, an award-winning urban charter school. Your time will include daily classroom experience and additional experiences in the greater Los Angeles area.
- June Term
While in Liverpool, you’ll reside and board at Liverpool Hope University, a sister college with which Hope has had a long and fruitful relationship. You will teach in British schools and take courses from Hope professors.
The city of Liverpool served as the “2008 Cultural Capital of Europe” and provides many off-campus activities. Additionally, you will take weekend trips to London and Edinburgh, Scotland, which includes an excursion to the Highlands.
Up Close and Personal: the African American Civil Rights Movement
This June Term combines classroom study with a road trip throughout the South to visit critical sites in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. View the program brochure, and contact John Yelding for additional information.
After graduation, you can still learn and partner with off-campus organizations that focus on education.
- Memphis Teacher Residency Program
The vision of MTR is to use their specific work within education, in partnership with other holistic organizations, to help restore communities so that all individuals can become empowered contributors to their city and people of all races and classes can engage with one another in peace. Check out the MTR program
- Youth With A Mission
You can serve with YWAM on an outreach trip, as a student, or as a staff member or volunteer. To join as staff, you must first complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS), which is offered in over 200 locations around the world. YWAM has no centralized application process. Although YWAM does have main offices, we encourage you to contact our field locations directly for details about applying, schedules and costs.
Whatever way you want to serve God, you can most likely do it in YWAM. Being on staff with YWAM is an adventure in faith. Join staff for a couple of years, or stay for life.
- Fulbright Scholar
- The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The competition for academic year 2017–2018 is now open. More information on how to apply can be found on the Crossroads website.
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