THE RENAISSANCE GROUP is a national consortium of 39 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 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 50 schools throughout the United States that have significant numbers of Native American students.

















This program is exclusively for Block IV students. It provides students with unique opportunities work with in Native American students in the United States.

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.

Open to all Early Childhood, Elementary, Special 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 portfolio/TWS requirements at the end of Block III. Only students who have shown exemplary academic performance should apply for this challenging program. 

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. You will learn about the curriculum standards for the state/school district (GLEs, CLEs, etc.) where you will be located, since you will teach using these curriculum standards. This course must be successfully completed the semester prior to the Block IV semester.

Placements for this program are made on an INDIVIDUAL basis. You can be placed in any one of the participating schools that have agreed to work with the Renaissance Partnership Program.

Every placement is different, but in each case the student is responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. Usually, host schools will assist with the search for housing, and help you arrange a home stay with teachers and other families, or helping you rent a room, or coordinate housing in school dormitories, where such facilities are available. Ultimately you are responsible to locate and pay for housing.


Administrative fee (including supervision)


Airfare/Travel to Placement


Housing @ $10 per day


Food @ $10 per day


ISEA Membership/Insurance: Health and Travel


There are many ways to finance your student teaching experience at a Native American school 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:

You should also consider the numerous endowed scholarships also available to education majors. See:

      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. SEMO students have received both IIE and Gilman. See:

      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:

      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: 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, or any other type of expense you might want to cover.

Dr. Jean Benton, Coordinator of International Student Teaching, College of Education
Scully 240, Mailbox – Scully 245, (573) 651-2440,
Deadline for applications: October 1 - Fall program; April 1 - Spring program