The UConn in Nottingham program is designed to support pre-service secondary social studies teachers to better understand global perspectives in history and to compare the education systems in England and the U.S. Specifically, the goals of the program are for the participants to:
- Cultivate an appreciation for teaching about the past in ways that provide multiple international perspectives, develop historical empathy, and stimulate student inquiry.
- Consider how to prepare students for participation as citizens in a global community with ethno-relative perspectives beyond that of the United States.
- Evaluate the history curriculum and history teaching practices in the United Kingdom as a means to promote comparative international studies and improve perspectives on the U.S. system of social studies education.
- Analyze and critique European museums and historic sites and consider the ways in which they are an effective means for teaching about European history.
Meeting these goals provide participants with the skills and knowledge to be exceptional social studies educators. Participants will teach in Nottingham area schools and take coursework at the University of Nottingham, and a prestigious research university and also a U21 partner school with UConn. Teaching in Nottingham schools for your internship, along with researching various aspects of the British educational system, can be the defining element of your professional preparation.
The Neag School of Education Nottingham Study Abroad Program invites 5th year Integrated bachelors/masters students with a concentration in secondary social studies to consider teaching in a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, numerous stimulating museums and historic sites, and two major universities. Participants will complete fieldwork with students and faculty at highly diverse schools at the middle/secondary levels. Many of these schools in Nottingham have dozens of ethnicities represented in its student body along with many languages spoken. Interns are fully integrated as professional staff working with students who need learning, social, and emotional support. The classes will be taught by faculty from UConn and the University of Nottingham.
All participating schools are dynamic learning communities that afford our interns challenging teaching opportunities along with a rich context for conducting school-based research to meet the inquiry project requirement of the IB/M Program.
Social studies graduates of the IB/M program are currently teaching/have taught, in China, Spain, Thailand, Washington DC, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, as well as towns and cities throughout Connecticut. Participants of this program develop the confidence and skills needed to excel in virtually any classroom anywhere, and reach their fullest potential as an educator with a truly global perspective.
This program is only open to admitted 5th year IB/M students with a secondary social studies concentration for their fall semester of the final year of their program. Participation in this program does NOT delay your graduation date, but enrollment in a summer research methodology course prior to your departure abroad is mandatory. A sample program of study is outlined below (your actual program of study may vary depending upon your interests and available courses):
Intensive Summer Session in Storrs:
3 credit research methodology course (during finals week immediately following student teaching)
Fall semester of 5th year in Nottingham:
3 credit seminar
3 credit internship*
3 credit comparative history education course
3 credit curriculum/history education course
Spring semester 5th year in Storrs:
3 credit seminar
3 credit internship
3 credit multicultural course (must be approved by the IB/M program)
3 credit leadership course (must be approved by the IB/M program)
3 credit elective
*Your internship in Nottingham is designed to be 18-20 hours per week in schools in addition to a weekly seminar.
As an academic strand with the UConn in Nottingham program each fall, you will live, teach, research, and study in the heart of a vibrant city a little more than an hour north of London. Other European cities with their array of cultural and educational experiences are just a short train ride or flight away. Fully furnished flats with easy access to public transportation and all that Nottingham offers are at your doorstep, making for a rich cultural experience. The program includes excursions to historic and culturally significant sites. The daily commute to schools, teaching the British National Curriculum, and establishing professional relationships with British teachers and students make for memories which will last a lifetime and a tremendous professional development opportunity.
For more information regarding the academic requirements, including admission standards, internships, and education courses, please contact the Neag School of Education Nottingham Program Coordinator, Prof. Alan Marcus at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).
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