Why Student Teach Overseas?
Student teaching overseas offers you the opportunity to not only complete your student teaching requirement but to do so while living and working in another country. You will gain an international perspective on education and experience a culture different from that of the United States. Students who have participated in the program have found it to be an outstanding experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to teach students in another area of the world and learn from them as they learn from you.
"COST is a one-of-a-kind program that changed my life for the better...forever. " --William Schaefer, past participant. Above, Schaefer tours Australia on one of his days off.
Dr. James Kestner is the Chair of the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences and is academic advisor for the COST program. Click here to visit the official COST program website. Dr. Kestner will work with you to make sure that you meet the appropriate requirements to student teach, are registered for the proper student teaching courses, and complete all requirements for evaluation and certification.
Dr. James Kestner, 2418 Buzzard Hall, (217) 581-2620
Here are some general guidelines to follow as you consider student teaching overseas:
1. Attend an "Application to Student Teach" meeting the Fall of the academic year PRIOR to the year you plan to student teach. This is a requirement of ALL student teachers. So, if you think you will student teach Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, you need to attend your Application meeting in Fall 2011. These meetings are only held in Fall semester.
2. Complete all paperwork for the Department of Student Teaching just as though you were going to student teach in Illinois.
3. Once you have determined your student teaching semester, you will need to schedule an interview with Dr. Kestner. If you receive permission/clearance from Dr. Kestner, then you may fill out the following application materials for COST and EIU Study Abroad and turn them in as soon as possible. At this point, space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so act fast!
4. You must meet all of the same requirements as though you were student teaching in Illinois. For example, all required coursework completed, Content Test(s) passed, acceptable GPA in place, etc.
5. A courtesy placement is made for you in Illinois just in case something prevents you from participating in the COST program.
6. All COST students maintain contact with Dr. Kestner during their semester abroad. You and he will work together to make sure the appropriate paperwork is completed for evaluation and certification at this end.
7. Insofar as the specific needs of your placement, it is your responsibility to communicate clearly on your application the grade level(s) and subject area(s) you need for your certification. This is something to discuss with your advisor or department chair so you are sure you have clearly articulated your needs. Not all content areas can be accommodated in all sites.
8. Please note that while federal aid generally transfers for the COST program, the state MAP grant does not.
Foreign Entry Requirements
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on the country where you plan to teach. It will provide you with a great deal of information on the country in which you would like to teach to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on the entry requirements for the country where you plan to teach. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for the host country for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.