Toronto for Teachers Program

In a great city, in a great country not so far away,
you can add some cross-cultural sparkle
to your summer and to your career!

register for Toronto for Teachers, 2012
application deadline, February 4, 2012


The Department of EC/ELE/MLE and the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations, Eastern Illinois University, are proud to offer a study abroad experience to enable undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates to interact, communicate, and reflect with teachers and children in multicultural and multilingual, international school settings.  The host country, Canada, and the city of Toronto, Ontario, are known for excellent, innovative international education programs.  Toronto offers exceptional cultural diversity and a safe, clean, and beautiful cosmopolitan environment. 

Host University 

York University has an enrollment of 40,000 students with 2000 in the B.Ed. program. York U. Faculty of Education maintains partnerships with exemplary schools throughout the city.  EIU travelers will participate with educators and children and youth in these model schools! Directors of international programs for the Faculty of Education at York coordinate the EIU Toronto for Teachers program.  Workshops and tours of schools and neighborhoods for mind-expanding introductions to the global cultures of the city are provided. Curriculum opportunities include ESL and ELL, special education, balanced literacy, equity education, French immersion, religious accommodations, school for the arts, secondary technical, secondary collegiate institutes, community involvement, and much more!

EIU Coursework available

In this environment of international education, EIU credits can be earned from the following selection of courses:

EDF2555, Diversity of Schools and Societies, 2 credits
ELE3350, Language Arts in the Elementary School, 2 credits (Block I)*
ELE5650, (Graduate) Language Arts Methods*
STG4000, Multicultural/Disabilities Practicum, 1 credit*
EIU4107G, Senior Seminar: The Idea of the University: Yesterday and Today, 3 credits
EIU4105G, Senior Seminar: Controversial Issues in Education, 3 credits
ELE4741, SED4741, ELE5990, Independent Study, 1-3 credits,
ISEP units -- see Mrs. Paulson*

Eligibility for all Toronto for Teachers coursework requires an up to date criminal background check filed in the dean's office.
* asterisk indicates coursework for those who have a passing score on the Basic Skills test and who have been admitted to teacher education.
Toronto for Teachers is approved for a minimum of 1 credit of coursework to a maximum of 4 credits.

Dr. Rose Gong, Secondary Education and Foundations, and Dr. Dan Carter and Judy Barford, Department of EC/ELE/MLE, will be your instructors and co-directors,Toronto for Teachers, 2012.

What you'll be doing in Toronto

Your Toronto program includes:


Housing will be private rooms at the 45 Willcocks Residence on the University of Toronto downtown campus. This ideal location puts the EIU group close to several placement schools and to many downtown cultural attractions.

Program fee for 2012: $2110.  Includes round trip airfare, airport to dorm transportation, your personal TTC pass for all Toronto city transportation, excursions, some meals, housing at U. of T., all York University program events and tours,  school placement fees, and your TDSB identification card.  EIU tuition is not included.  Program fee and tuition payment is due in August 2012.
Note: EIU Study Abroad Toronto site, gives you maximum cost estimates for the trip: $2110 program fee plus tuition and fees for maximum credit hours (4).

Travel:  May 7 - 17, 2012

The Toronto Faculty team: Secondary Ed. and Foundations,
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education:


Faculty directors welcome your email.

Interest forms and Official Registration:
Fill out an "interested Toronto traveler" form online or on paper in the SEC ED office.

Officially register for Toronto, 2012.
Apply for STA
SCHOLARSHIPS before Christmas, 2011.
Application for STA scholarships requires official registration.
Before Feb. 4, 2012 there is no penalty for withdrawal.
EIU Study Abroad, Blair Hall Office

Toronto 2012 information meetings prior to official registration due date, Feb. 4:
will be held during the fall semester, 2011, and early in the spring semester, 2012
TBA, two official pre-departure meetings
for all registered, March and April, 2012