The University of Indianapolis School of Education is partnering with Maynooth University in Ireland to offer a study abroad program. The university says the UIndy-MU Embedded Study Abroad Program in Elementary Education allows students to attend classes at MU and engage in classroom experiences at local elementary schools in Ireland.

The program will launch in fall 2021 with a cohort of up to six students. The university says the program includes placement at a local elementary school. Participating UIndy students will be paired with a mentor and assigned to courses to maximize their exposure to the Maynooth, Ireland environment.

“The opportunity for UIndy education majors to study abroad will further develop their teaching ability and the competitive skills that are in high demand in today’s education landscape,” said John Kuykendall, University of Indianapolis School of Education dean. “Learning pedagogical practices from national scholars in another country will allow our teaching candidates to be well prepared to teach confidently in classrooms globally.”

UIndy says its Center for Global Engagement and School of Education have worked with Maynooth University to align the course curriculum so that students can continue working towards their degree with no delay.

“We are looking forward to welcoming international student teachers from the University of Indianapolis to the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood, Maynooth University for the first time in September 2021. The social exchanges between Irish and American student teachers will support a comparative appreciation of the respective education systems in both jurisdictions. Such international experiences strive to complement teacher education studies undertaken in their own university whilst also providing students with an invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in a significantly different cultural, social and educational experience,” said Professor Marie McLoughlin, head of department & Dr. Máire Nic an Bhaird international coordinator, Maynooth University.

The university says the program will expose students to international education systems and allow them to develop their ability to adapt and learn within new surroundings while practicing communication skills and teaching techniques.

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