As an Education major studying abroad, you will gain the necessary classroom experience, and develop teaching strategies and techniques that build your confidence as a future educator. This unique experience means you will have a more in-depth understanding and appreciation for various cultures and lifestyles allowing you to more easily relate to your students in a diverse classroom setting. Add that to the fact that you’re expanding your professional and social network and making once-in-a-lifetime memories in one of the most fascinating countries in the world–of course studying abroad benefits Education majors!
Develop Cultural Understanding
Cultural immersion is an expressway to bridging cultural gaps, fostering compassion and appreciation for other cultures, and can even bring forth a new understanding of one’s own culture.
While studying abroad, you will be totally immersed–living and studying in a foreign country, gaining insight into the daily routines of the locals, and learning through interaction every day. Having this first-hand experience will absolutely lead to personal growth that will benefit the way you interact and deal with a diverse student population while ensuring not to offend or come off as culturally insensitive. In today’s world, cultural sensitivity in the classroom is a top priority for many educational institutions; therefore, not only does this experience benefit your personal growth, but will benefit you during your job search, too!
Gain Professional Experience
In addition to taking traditional classroom courses, your study abroad curriculum includes an internship based on your chosen track: Grades K-12, Special Education, or TEFL Teaching Practicum.
Interns aspiring to teach grades K-12 will find themselves working in an English classroom with students enrolled in a private institute. Interns have the freedom of choosing their preferred grade and academic level but will be actively involved in assisting with classroom instruction and lesson planning alongside a professional, experienced teacher. The teacher will act as a mentor and provide feedback that will help to improve your teaching skills.
Students passionate about teaching Special Education will intern with teaching professionals at public or private schools with Special Education programs in place. While interning as a teacher’s aide, you will get involved with lesson planning, classroom instruction, and provide one-on-one assistance to students with vision, hearing, physical impairments, and/or developmental disabilities.
TEFL Teaching Practium
Those interested in the specialization of teaching English as a Second Language can intern as a TEFL teacher. Before getting inside the classroom, interns are required to complete the 150-hour TEFL Certification program to develop the skills and methodologies for teaching ESL students. Following successful completion of the course, interns will work full-time as an ESL instructor leading their own classrooms of up to 15 students. Staff and other experienced ESL teachers are there to provide guidance and advice on conducting successful lessons, managing an ESL classroom, assigning homework, and more.
Be a Lead Teacher
If you think the TEFL track gets the most experience in terms of leading a classroom, think again. The Service Learning portion of Maximo Nivel’s study abroad curriculum ensures every intern gets a chance to be a lead teacher. Projects are located in underserved communities where locals are eager to receive English instruction but don’t have the financial means to take lessons.
Aspiring teachers will receive ample opportunity to tweak and continue to improve their teaching skills, all while serving the local community. Leading the classroom will require lesson planning, classroom management and instruction, and one-on-one tutoring.
Hone Your Skills & Build Your Network
Getting hands-on experience in your field of study allows you to apply what you learn as a student to the real world, even if that classroom is abroad. Many times you’ll find yourself having to be more resourceful in a classroom abroad (possibly due to having access to a limited amount of supplies) and yet this too helps teachers to adjust their teaching styles to maximize student learning no matter the circumstances.
Having access to professional teachers, academic staff, and other participants in your program, also contributes greatly to improving your skillset as a classroom instructor. Participants have an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the field, develop their understanding of a foreign educational system, exchange ideas, and develop a professional, international network.
Get University Credit
You didn’t think professional and personal development were the only benefits to studying abroad, did you? In addition to the unparalleled experience and skills you gain studying abroad, you also get university credit that contributes to your graduation requirements!
Students gain up to 16 credits for service learning and internship assignments, but the option to enroll in university courses is also available. There are plenty of ways to mix and match between courses, internship, and service learning to make up for a full-time credit course load abroad.
We know there are ample opportunities to gain teaching experience back home, but studying abroad provides a unique experience that helps you to stand out as a candidate for a higher education program or employment opportunity. You develop the skills you need to feel confident as a teacher, all while gaining university credit. Whoever says study abroad isn’t for Education majors has certainly never come across our comprehensive curriculum that puts you first as a student–and as a teaching professional.