Several College of Education faculty regularly host study abroad opportunities, which are open to students in the CED and may be open to students from other colleges. These programs are generally offered during university breaks, such as winter or summer sessions. Please contact the relevant faculty member for further information on the programs they offer. Additionally, the Department of Liberal Studies provides a list of recommended study abroad options for Liberal Studies students and the Center for International Education provides a full listing of faculty-led programs from across the university, many of which are open to both undergraduate and graduate students from any college.
Alex Morales — Cambodian Culture, Education, and Diaspora
This class provides an examination and analysis of history and conditions leading to the diaspora of Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge Regime and to the resettlement of many in California, including social and psychological effects for individuals and families. Examination of current educational issues in Cambodia and local Cambodian communities in the U.S. are also part of the class. The class also provides students the opportunity to become involved in project-based learning activities for impoverished children, students, and their families in Cambodia. These activities take place in collaboration with Hearts Without Boundaries and Rescue Task Force, two U.S. non-profit organizations that provide heart surgery, dental services, and educational support.
Dental Hygiene Lessons in Rural Village, Kandal Province
Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap Province
Shuhua An — Study Abroad: Math Education Graduate Program
This class analyzes current major issues in international mathematics education and identifies the universal and culturally-defined factors that impact effective mathematics teaching in different cultural and educational systems. Students have the opportunity to visit local schools and observe math lessons at different grade levels in China. They also develop and teach standards-based mathematics lessons in English in Chinese math classrooms, which leads to a math lesson study activity with Chinese colleagues. From comparing, contrasting, and evaluating Chinese mathematics lessons and their peers’ teaching, students examine the elements of effective mathematics instruction in different cultural and educational systems. By interacting with classroom teachers, interviewing international scholars, and attending an international conference in China, students identify effective strategies that promote teaching and learning with an understanding of the global context and reflect on their own teaching practices in the U.S.
Math Lesson Study with Teachers in Nanjing
CSULB Students Explore Shanghai
Stephen Adams — ETEC 525: Digital Culture and Society
This course offers a special summer version of ETEC 525 Digital Culture and Society with study abroad in Costa Rica. The course begins at CSULB, with students learning about social implications of information technologies and getting ready by preparing presentations. The class then flies to San Jose, Costa Rica, staying at the nearby city of Heredia. The class meets with students at a Costa Rican university, giving their presentations in English and, in small groups, discussing perspectives about the issues raised. The class also visits K-12 schools in Costa Rica to learn about their educational practices and uses of technology. The travel is also timed to coincide with activities at the collaborating university, such as an educational conference. The study abroad experience includes an excursion to surrounding areas, and is open to graduate students and educators.
- Costa Rica study abroad program website
- CED Faculty & Student Projects in Costa Rica, feature story, October 1, 2013
Nature Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Bita Ghafoori — COUN 680: Advanced Treatment Seminar, Study Abroad Course in the U.S. and Greece
This elective course provides training on current evidence-based treatment for individuals and families contending with depression and anxiety disorders, including stress and loss, in adults and children. Actual materials that can be used for treatment will be provided along with opportunities to practice interventions and techniques in class. The overall intent is to “fill in the gaps” in students’ knowledge about how to design and implement a course of therapy for common psychological presentations. While in Greece, students have the opportunity to dialogue with Greek students who are obtaining a M.S. in Psychology, attend a psychodrama of a Greek family therapy by a Greek professor with a specialty in family therapy, discuss Socratic questioning in Delphi (where Socrates and Plato engaged in Socratic dialogue), and visit historic and cultural sites such as Temple of Zeus, Acropolis, Balos Lagoon, Castle of Rethymno, and Chania.
The Majestic Acropolis