International and Domestic Immersion

If you are considering a professional career in Elementary Education with an endorsement in either English as a Second Language or Special Education, consider also enhancing your preparation with international experiences within the School of Education. Our School of Education has collaborative partnership schools in China, Spain, Chile and the Dominican Republic. We offer two week or semester-long experiences in these countries, where participants have opportunities to learn about the culture through coursework, as well as teach English to children in a classroom or recreational setting. If you choose a short term Immersion, you will travel with a faculty member. If you choose a semester-long experience, you will live at a university and attend classes and internships independently.

Embarking on an international experience can expand one’s idea of our global society, transform one’s thinking regarding how diverse populations learn and provide a truly eye opening experience to bring back to one’s future classroom.

Diverse experiences are plentiful domestically as well! Our School of Education works closely with the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture in Hyde Park, a neighborhood south of Chicago’s downtown loop. We offer one week Immersions at the Chicago Center, where participants explore multiple neighborhoods, cultural events and internships in diverse schools. Candidates may also choose to student teach in Chicago, living and learning at the Chicago Center.

Showcase Your Talents

There are many ways to support activities across campus and the Decatur community as a student in the School of Education. A few ideas include:

  • Join the Illinois Student Education Association, the student affiliate for the National Education Association and professional organization in the state of Illinois. Members learn how to create change and be a part of educational reform, become politically active and promote positive legislation that affect teaching and schools.
  • Be inducted in to the national honor society of Pi Lambda Theta, for those candidates whose GPA is 3.2 or higher.
  • Travel to Chicago for a week long cultural exploration and school internship during the January Term.
  • Meet, socialize and work with international students in the English Language Center on campus.
  • Volunteer at the Dennis and Millikin Laboratory School and Community Garden.
  • Travel abroad for a semester, summer, or January term for a global experience that may lead to student teaching or international teaching after graduation.