Preparing Globally-Minded Teachers
The School of Education is committed to fostering international collaboration and preparing globally-mined teachers. We are one of the only education schools in the region to offer faculty-led, international courses that take teacher candidates to classrooms in other countries.
Entering its fourth year, the “Following the Footsteps of Early European Educational Thinkers” seminar, takes students to Florence, Rome, and Tuscania, Italy to explore educational philosophies in the European context. This course focuses on the Roman-Italian educational thinkers, such as Marcus Tullius Cicero, Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, Pietro Paolo Vergerio-the Elder, and Maria Montessori, and educational approaches, such as Reggio Emilia. Students have the opportunity to examine how the Italian educational thinking and approaches have influenced the educational practices in the United States. Moreover, participants have opportunities to visit Italian cultural relics, listen to lectures provided by Italian educational experts, and visit Italian schools.
Our newest course, “Ecuador with a Cause: Service Learning & Cultural Program” integrates civic engagement and service with cultural immersion in Ecuador. This seminar is designed for students wishing to provide service to others while acquiring global experiences that will enrich their personal, academic, and professional lives. Participating teacher candidates can tutor elementary children in a rural Ecuadorian school, learn the social and cultural heritage of Ecuador, study the historical and contemporary forces influencing Ecuador, visit cultural and historical sites, as well as participate in campus-based and in-country seminars. Through these travel seminars, our teacher candidates are able to reflect on their international experience and relate it to their future teaching or career.
Not only does the School of Education offer globally-rich learning experiences abroad for our students, but also plays a significant role in educating international educators and students at our school. This spring, we have another ten faculty members from Guangdong University of Economics and Technology in China taking courses at Pace University as part of a collaborative effort with Seidenberg. The School of Education will hold a special workshop to orient them to American culture and the educational system. This will be the 9th scholar group from Guangdong. In addition, we have international visiting scholars conducting research with several of our professors.