The Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies is pleased to offer the Cambridge School Experience
The Cambridge Schools Experience (CSE) is a study abroad opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies in the College of Education at USF.
The program includes a 4-week internship experience in the Infant (preschool) or Primary (Elementary) schools in Cambridge, England.
Based on individual programs of study, students receive academic credit for their participation in this international teaching and learning experience.
Elementary Education undergraduates may enroll for three hours of EDE 4942 for the Level II Field Experience. Early Childhood majors may take three hours of EEC 4942/3 for either Level II or Level III Experience. MAT students in Elementary Education may enroll in EDE 6946. Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral students in Reading or Early Childhood Education may use the Cambridge Schools Experience as a reading practicum or for comparative research purposes as part of their programs of study. Once in Cambridge, each undergraduate or MAT student will be placed with a cooperating teacher in a Primary School over a four week period. Graduate students will be hosted by one school, but the itinerary will include visits to other schools along with opportunities to interact with school administrators.
How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:
Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire.
*Questions? Contact EA-Registrar@usf.edu
Note: For detailed information on USF course registration and participant responsibilities, visit the CSE (Cambridge School Experience) link which is located within the department website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/ce/ce.html
Credit Type: Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.
Who Can Participate?
Program enrollment is restricted to USF College of Education students on the USF Tampa Campus in the following programs:
1) Elementary Education majors with Level I internship completed.
2) Early Childhood majors with Level II internship completed.
3) MAT in Elementary Education students ready for practicum (Level II).
4) Masters, Educational Specialist, or Doctoral level students in Reading/Language Arts, with program approval.
5) Masters and Doctoral level students in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with program approval.
Program participants are selected by the Program Faculty Directors in consultation with academic advisors and based on the quality of the individual's academic and professional experiences. Qualified students may be interviewed and asked to demonstrate a mini-lesson about Florida or the United States (history, culture, climate, etc.).
Students will be selected based on the following criteria:
Strong academic record
Demonstrated teaching expertise
Interest in and enthusiasm for teaching and learning
Notification of acceptance: All applicants will be notified through email regarding their application status. Notifications will be sent by December 15th.
Please click here for further details regarding payment. 2018 Program Cost: $4586.00
Program oversight and instruction by Faculty in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies.
30 nights lodging (double occupancy), including full English breakfast
USF Sickness/Accident and Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
Bus passes for school transportation
Lunches and dinners daily
Health and Safety
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
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Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
Faculty and Contacts
Two faculty members from the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies supervise the CSE. These faculty tutors are responsible for the academic content of the CSE as well as some of the logistical requirements of study abroad.
The primary responsibility of the faculty is to serve as academic specialists within an international learning experience. Faculty monitor student progress during the school internship experience or the research/teacher education experience. Faculty observe students, provide written and oral feedback, and monitor progress towards meeting the students' relevant course objectives. Faculty also conduct seminars to support the students' professional development and to meet course objectives. Faculty members guide student learning and professional development while providing academic expertise throughout the study abroad process.
The second responsibility of the faculty is to arrange program logistics to ensure that all students have housing accommodations, school travel, and school placement. The faculty serves as a liaison between Cambridgeshire Schools and USF.
Faculty are selected based on the following criteria:
Recent experience with early field experience teams of students - i.e. Levels I, II (III for IV), or MAT practicum
Other significant recent and significant partnership work in schools
A record of coaching/mentoring success with preservice teachers
A clearly defined research agenda related to preservice teachers or preservice teacher education
A desire to collect specific research data while in England and to plan for IRBs and data collection as part of the experience
Experience driving on unknown and difficult urban and rural road systems.
For More Program Information: Dr. Danielle Dennis
Department of Childhood Education & Literacy Studies
4202 East Fowler Avenue, EDU 105 (Loc. EDU 202)
Tel: (813) 974-3460; FAX (813) 974-0938
James Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
Phone: (813) 974-4043