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CSUF: SPED 371 Winter Session in Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Eichstätt, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Session
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Hotels
Areas of Study:
Communicative Disorders, Education, Psychology
Language of Instruction:
English
College:
College of Education Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CSUF Faculty:
Pierson, M.
Program Description:

SPED 371:  Exceptional Individuals, Winter Session 2018

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Overview
Under the direction of Melinda Pierson, professor of education, this program includes seminars at a premier German university with participating undergraduates representing such countries as Japan, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Poland and England. Reflective discussions and writing assignments, as well as local elementary and middle school visits, will facilitate student engagement with other cultures and with community-based support centers for people with disabilities in the Eichstaett area.


Requirement:  This trip is for students who want to work in schools as teachers, speech/language pathologists, or school psychologists.  Applicants should also have a strong interest in supporting and/or teaching children with disabilities in schools and community-based settings, as this course includes many school visits.
 
Short-term study abroad participation includes attendance at a face-to-face orientation and overview of the program (late September or early October – TBD), submission of course assignments, and participation in preparation activities aligned with the Germany experience.  Participants will travel to Germany on January 5, 2018 and return to the U.S. on January 13, 2018 (dates approximate, to be confirmed based on airfare availability). 
 
Internship experiences will focus on children and families in Bavaria, Germany.  While in Germany, participants will interact with children and/or families in schools and community-based settings and engage in a variety of professional development experiences.  In addition, participants will interact with preservice teachers from the University of Eichstaett and engage in reflective educational practices.


Program Dates: This course will take place over the full Intersession A dates: December 16 2017 - January 19, 2018.  
Travel dates are tentative based on airfare.

Travel portion of this course will take place 5-13 January, 2018:
January 5, 2018  - U.S. Departure
January 6, 2018  - Arrival to Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, German
January 13, 2018 - Germany Departure
January 13, 2018 - U.S. Arrival

Program Highlights

  • Earn 3 units of upper division Education credit.
  • The required course is instructed by a CSUF faculty member and will count towards your degree.
  • Spend 9 days in the Eichstaett area, hosted by a premier German University.
  • Engage with community support centers for people with disabilities.
  • Engage with peers from all over the world and build international relationships.

Information Sessions
For more information about this program please attend the information meeting below,
TBD
 


Course and Faculty

Course
SPED 371: Exceptional Individuals
Overview of all areas of exceptionalities and topical review of characteristics of individuals with exceptional needs. Opportunity to participate in various simulations and activities designed to enhance the understanding of diversity in our society.
Under the direction of Melinda Pierson, professor of education, this program includes seminars at a premier German university with participating undergraduates representing such countries as Japan, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Poland and England. Reflective discussions and writing assignments, as well as local elementary and middle school visits, will facilitate student engagement with other cultures and with community-based support centers for people with disabilities in the Eichstaett area.


Learning goals associated with this experience include the following:

  1. Consider age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate practice in school and community settings;
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how learning and development are influenced by language, culture, family and community values;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of effective practices for children and adolescents with disabilities;
  4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and professional skills that show sensitivity to cultural norms and differences;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and legal issues relevant to participation in field-based experiences; and
  6. Engage in reflective practice.

Faculty

Dr. Melinda Pierson 
Special Education
College of Education


Housing
Students will stay in the following hotels for the travel abroad portion of this program:

Gasthof Sonne
Buchtal 17,
85072 Eichstaett, Germany
Holiday Inn at Munich Airport
Freisingstrasse 94 
85445 Schwaig bei München

 



Costs & Financial Aid

Costs
Program Fee
There is no program fee for this course, however, students should plan to spend approximately $1,800.00 for Germany travel costs, which include:

  • Hotel - paid directly to hotel(s)
  • Round-trip airfare - arranged and paid for by student
  • Meals - hotels typically offer breakfast, and students should plan a meal budget for all other meals
  • Transportation

Additional Costs To Consider

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.

 



Passport & Visa

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do no require a tourist visa to enter the country of Germany for up to 90 days.  Find visa and entry information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/germany.html

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the German Embassy/Consulate about visa requirements for their country of origin.  Please use the following link for embassy/consulate contact information: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/03__Consulates/Los__Angeles/03/__Legal.html



Application & Deadlines

Eligibility

  • Good academic standing
  • Valid passport and visa (if applicable); see above section
  • Completed online program application


Deadlines and Important Dates

Sept. 15, 2017 
                              
Regular Decision Online Application Due
Sept. 22, 2017 Application Status Notification
 
Sept. 27, 2017 Student Commitment Deadline
 
TBD Program Payments Due
TBD Online Program Forms Due
TBD Pre-Departure Orientation
 


Contact Us
Course-related Questions: Professor Pierson- mpierson@fullerton.edu
Online Application Questions: Study Abroad Office - sabroad@fullerton.edu


 
This program is currently not accepting applications.