New program to offer students global perspectives on teaching

The University is one of 15 U.S. colleges to participate in Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.

Perry Healey, Lucy Borcz, Dana Clare Vierra, Sarah O’Connor

Four College of Education students will experience student teaching abroad next semester. Pictured from left to right: Perry Healey, Lucy Borcz, Dana Clare Vierra and Sarah O’Connor.

New program to offer students global perspectives on teaching

The University is one of 15 U.S. colleges to participate in Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.

Four College of Education students will experience student teaching abroad next semester. Pictured from left to right: Perry Healey, Lucy Borcz, Dana Clare Vierra and Sarah O’Connor.

Perry Healey, Lucy Borcz, Dana Clare Vierra, Sarah O’Connor

Four College of Education students will experience student teaching abroad next semester. Pictured from left to right: Perry Healey, Lucy Borcz, Dana Clare Vierra and Sarah O’Connor.

This January, four education students will gain a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to student teach abroad thanks to the University's new membership in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching . COST is an invite-only collaboration of 15 U.S. colleges and universities that sends students overseas to teach for 6-15 weeks in one of 16 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia/Oceania, and Latin America. Students gain firsthand international experiences and perspectives, which the program hopes will deepen their confidence, open-mindedness, and self-efficacy as educators.

For Perry Healey, integrated elementary education major with emphases in English language learners and early childhood education, the opportunity is exciting.

"I'm most looking forward to seeing how other education systems operate and bringing ideas back to the United States," Healey, who will spend 14 weeks in Auckland, New Zealand, said.

"I've been working in international education for a while, and we were lucky enough to get an invitation to join COST," Jennifer Mahon, associate professor of sociocultural education and program coordinator, said. "Internationalization of education is a priority for the College of Education."

For more information, contact Jennifer Mahon at jmahon@unr.edu or visit the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching site.

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