International Experience

The Department of Learning & Teaching faculty in SOLES believe that preparing teachers to be globally competent by addressing the needs of diverse communities within and beyond our national boundaries is central to our mission and adds value to candidates’ graduate education. All graduate students in the Department of Learning and Teaching are required to participate in a program-approved internationalization experience during their graduate course of study at USD. This requirement is designed to enhance the students’ international and global knowledge and skills in working with immigrant and international populations and issues, particularly related to education. Students have two options to complete the International Requirement and will discuss with their advisor which option they will choose.

International Experience Requirement Guidelines - 2015/2016

Option 1

  • Complete a SOLES-approved 3-unit course with a travel abroad component. This course can be a program requirement or elective.


Option 2

  • Provide evidence of participating in a cross-cultural experience as a volunteer in a faculty-planned or faculty-led educational or welfare-based agency for a minimum of 42 hours using the following opportunities.
  • For students with visa restrictions, in lieu of the one-day cross border experience, or students who have completed an extensive study or living abroad experience before entry into the program will develop a 20-minute presentation that they will present at a SOLES brown bag event or equivalent forum. The presentation must respond to the following prompts and reflect the breadth of your experience:
    • What was the nature of the work you did? How long was it?
    • Describe its relevance to your future professional practice
    • Compare this educational system with the American educational system on any two of these topics: educational philosophy; pedagogy; curriculum; diversity and special needs populations; technology; professional development and teacher training

 For more information, please consult with your faculty advisor. 

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