This program is open to currently enrolled, degree-seeking UW- Eau Claire students who are in the College of Education and accepted to student teach. You must be in good academic standing with a cumulative resident GPA of at least 3.0. To fulfill UW-Eau Claire requirements, you will complete part of your student teaching placement in Wisconsin and part of it abroad. Special education and music education students should discuss their interest in the teaching abroad with their department prior to applying.
On your EducatorsAbroad application, you list three countries where you would like to student teach. EAST makes the final placement based on your proposed teaching area, required grade level, and the academic calendar of the host country. Learn more about the placements available in each country by visiting the EAST website: http://educatorsabroad.org/.
When EAST is seeking placements, they send your application materials to the prospective host school. Each host school then decides whether or not to accept you. After being accepted by a host school, you will communicate directly with your hosts to arrange housing, your arrival, and your work as a student teacher.
All EAST classroom placements are 10 weeks long. After a short-period of orientation at your school, you'll jump right into your teaching experience. Cooperating schools assign you to classrooms and supervising teachers consistent with your proposed teaching area.
Upon successfully completing your student teaching placement abroad, you will earn seven credits of ES 493 International Experience in Education, which will fulfill a half of your student teaching requirement.
This program is offered during the fall or spring semester. (While you always teach for 10 weeks, you may be in the host country longer because of school holidays.) In the fall, you typically teach 10 weeks abroad and return to Wisconsin to finish the last 8 weeks of your student teaching. In the spring, you typically spend the first 8 weeks of the semester student teaching in Wisconsin and then 10 weeks teaching abroad.
In order to allow time for placements within Wisconsin, fall placements through EAST can occur any time between August and mid-November. Spring placements will typically occur from late-March to late-June, depending on the academic calendar of the country in which you are placed. Exact dates will be confirmed by EAST and will vary based on country of placement.
updated 3/7/13 sw