THE RENAISSANCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM


THE RENAISSANCE GROUP is a national consortium of 23 colleges and universities, of which SOUTHEAST is a member. The Renaissance Group has a major commitment to the education of teachers through proactive renewal and reform of education on a national level. One way the Renaissance Group accomplishes this goal is through its international student teaching and practicum programs, which “incorporate extensive and sequenced field and clinical experiences in diverse settings,” thus establishing best practices for student teachers and practicum students. The Renaissance Group has developed a relationship with more than 100 universities and schools throughout the world. Currently available are placements in over 50 countries.

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This program is exclusively for Block IV students. It provides students with opportunities for placements in more than 50 countries, including, but not limited to::  

AUSTRALIA – AUSTRIA – ARUBA – BELGIUM – BERMUDA – BOTSWANA – BRAZIL – CAMEROON – CHILE – CYPRUS – ECUADOR –  EGYPT – ENGLAND
FINLAND – FRANCE – GERMANY – GREECE – HONDURAS – HUNGARY
– IRELAND – ITALY – JAPAN – KENYA – KOREA –  KUWAIT – MADAGASCAR – MEXICO
NETHERLANDS – NEW ZEALAND – NORTHERN IRELAND – NORWAY – PAKISTAN – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – PERU – PORTUGAL – ROMANIA – RUSSIA
SCOTLAND 
– SINGAPORE – SLOVAKIA – SOUTH AFRICA – SPAIN – SWITZERLAND – TANZANIA – THAILAND – TURKEY – URUGUAY – VENEZUELA – WALES

N.B.  We are most interested in providing you a safe location to complete your student teaching. Therefore, if the U.S. State Department deems any of the above countries unsuitable/unsafe for U.S. citizens, your request for a specific country could be denied.

 

 

SCHOOL PLACEMENTS
When deciding where to do your student teaching, you should consider the following types of schools in which you could teach:

(1) Countries where English is the medium of instruction – Australia, Bermuda, Botswana, England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Wales. In these countries you have the opportunity to learn how to use the National Curriculum of the country through your lesson planning and teaching, thus giving you a working knowledge of more than one system of education. In these countries you work with teachers, students, and parents, which provide in-depth, first-hand perspectives on the country’s culture and educational priorities.
(2) Countries where the official language and medium of instruction is not English. Two possible placements exist in this category. (a) Host country schools, (b) International Schools. For the first category, host country schools, you must be fluent in the official language. For example, if you want to go to a Spanish-speaking country, you must have a high level of fluency in Spanish so that you can conduct class and teach your students competently. The second possibility is if you want to go to a country where the medium of instruction is not English, but because you have studied the language and are interested in going to that country, but are not fluent enough to teach in it, you can still teach in that country. In this case you would be assigned to an International School , where the medium of instruction would be English. International Schools have a unique characteristic which makes student teaching very challenging, yet exciting. Most pupils who attend international schools are from a variety of countries, so the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures is waiting for you at an international school. The curriculum will either be British, American, or International Baccalaureate (IB). Therefore, the advantages of this placement are the opportunities to teach students from a variety of cultures and perhaps use a British-style curriculum, again giving you knowledge of more than one system of education.
PLACEMENTS AND SUPERVISION  Placements for this program are made on an INDIVIDUAL basis, and coordinated through the University of Northern Iowa , who makes arrangements for your placements and supervision.

 

Leeds Castle in UK - Leeds Castle view in spring

 TIME FRAME
Block IV - Second half of fall semester (mid-October to end of semester) or second half of spring semester (mid-March to the end of the semester). 8 weeks total. Arrive back in the states in time for graduation! Students are also able to travel independently after the official end of the 8-week student teaching experience, if they so desire.

 ELIGIBILITY
Open to all Early Childhood, Elementary, Exceptional Child Education, Middle School, and Secondary majors who are in good academic standing. Block IV applicants must have finished all of their professional coursework and blocks, including special blocks such as Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as completion of all professional TWS portfolio requirements at the end of Block III. Only students who have shown exemplary academic performance should apply for this program.



SE303 STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR
All students planning to participate in this student teaching opportunity must enroll in this 2-credit class the semester before their student teaching semester. This seminar provides students with information about their host culture and the educational system, and prepares them to function effectively in the culture and the educational system. This course must be successfully completed the semester prior to the Block IV semester.


HOUSING AND TRANSPORT

Every placement is different, but in each case the student is responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. Usually, the school that is hosting you will assist you with the search for housing, which can range from home stays with teachers or other families, renting a room, or housing in residence halls, where such facilities are available. Ultimately, you are responsible to locate and pay for housing.

 

 

 

COST

Administrative fee (including supervision)

$1500

Airfare – depending on destination

$800-2500

Housing

$1000-1500

Food

$800-1000

ISEA Membership/Insurance: Health and Travel

$350

Passport Fee

$100

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
There are many ways to finance your trip abroad so that you do not have to pay any money out of your own pocket, provided that YOU are energetic and organized in building this fund. Please note that Southeast is NOT responsible for finding financial assistance for you.

      SEMO scholarships and loans: Any SEMO scholarships or loans that you have that help pay for your education can be applied to this experience since it is a requirement for graduation and state certification. Also, there are several SEMO scholarships specifically designated for study abroad. See:  http://www5.semo.edu/international/Wales/scholars.htm

You should also consider the numerous endowed scholarships also available to education majors. See:  http://www6.semo.edu/sfs/Scholarships/endowed/htm

      National Scholarships: There are two national scholarships, IIE ($1000+) and Gilman ($2,400-5,000), which are available. IIE is merit-based, while Gilman is need-based. Two SEMO students have received IIEs and two, a Gilman. See: http://www5.semo.edu/international

      State Scholarships: There are three state scholarships for education majors administered through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): the Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship, the Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship, and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. For more information about these scholarships go to: http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divteachqual/scholarships

      Mini-grants: Your local service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Zonta, etc.) are always willing to support educational endeavors such as this. By following instructions at: http://www5.semo.edu/international you can learn how to apply for these grants. Many students in the past have benefited from these grants, some having their entire program paid for, others receiving up to $1200.

      Bank account: Open a savings account today and start putting away a few dollars every week. You’d be surprised how much you will have when you are ready to leave for your student teaching experience!

      Graduation and birthday gifts: If you know that graduation and birthday gifts are coming your way, you might suggest that they be in the form of travel-related items such as luggage, travel gear, passport fees, or any other type of expense you might want to cover.

 

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS  - January 15 for the Spring program - September 15 for the Fall program 
Begin YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS one full year before you plan to teach abroad.
Start by completing the SEMO application by clicking on this link. 
http://www5.semo.edu/international/apply.htm

      FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH:

Dr. Jean Benton
Coordinator of International Student Teaching, College of Education
jbenton@semo.edu
573 651 2440
Scully 240
Mailbox – Scully 245

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