Student Teach in Costa Rica
The student teaching abroad experience is a 15-week long internship in schools abroad that fulfills the student teaching degree requirement. Student teaching abroad, including experiences in Costa Rica, offers a unique opportunity for pre-service teachers to learn how to teach, while providing them with an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on education, culture, and language. It also provides an opportunity for students to develop cross-cultural competence, work with diverse learners, and acquire global skills. Students also have the opportunity to travel and explore their host country, as well as neighboring ones.
Since 2003 over two hundred OSU students have performed their student teaching practicum in either Costa Rica, Mexico, or Europe. The goal of the international internship program is to expand the personal and professional experience of students to enrich their global perspectives as teachers. In addition, student teaching abroad can help students incorporate international experiences in their professional career. It can increase a student’s employability domestically, as school administrators seek teachers who can meet the student needs of culturally diverse classrooms.
These semester-long internships are available to Elementary, K-12/Secondary Education (including Art, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Science, Math, and English-Language Arts), and Physical Education majors during the last semester of an undergraduate teaching program. Along with other Professional Education and course considerations, this international internship fulfills the student teaching requirements for Oklahoma teacher certification. Between three and twelve students are placed at a site. Students on this program are required to use a buddy-system and can enjoy traveling on their weekends and breaks. However, travel opportunities in advance or immediately after the internship are limited due to program requirements in Stillwater. EHA faculty accompany students to their teaching sites and return halfway through the internship for observations.
See the Application Process for International Student Teaching of this program.
Please send a request HERE if you wish to be put in touch with former student teachers.