SUNY Cortland's student teaching program on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia is a 13 week program consisting of the following elements:
1) A 2 week summer program in which you will take a specialized course designed to introduce you to the Australian education system and prepare you for your student teaching experience.
2) An optional 2 week tour of Australian tropical east coast and outback. During this trip, you will travel by bus with the other students on the program as you are led by your Australian Program Director. You will have the chance to swim in the Great Barrier Reef, be charmed by a small town population of 45 people in the Outback as you spend the night in the town's main building which serves as the local post office/pub/hotel, as well as enjoy many beaches, animal and nature preserves, geographic wonders, and other scenic and highly authentic destinations along the way. This trip is highly recommended! Past participants have described this incredible trip as one of the highlights of the program.
All applicants will participate in the Australia Student Teaching program from mid-June through mid-September.
Depart the United States no later than: June 11, 2014 (note: it takes two days to fly from the United States to Australia, so you must leave by June 11 to arrive by June 13, 2014).
Arrive in Brisbane, Australia no later than: June 13, 2014. Overnight in Brisbane. Be prepared to meet the program director and group bus at 9:30 AM Australian time on Saturday, June 14th at designated pick-up.
Orientation for Student Teaching in Australia: Tuesday, June 17th- Friday, June 27th, 2014
Vacation: Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 (two weeks). Students may participate in the optional Tropical Coast and Outback trip during this period.
Student Teaching: Monday, July 14 - Friday, September 12, 2014 (nine weeks)
Program finishes: Saturday, September 13, 2014. After the program concludes, you may fly home or you may travel around Australia for a maximum of 1 additional month (your visa will expire mid- October).
A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for Childhood/Early Childhood majors.
Application Forms and Requirements:
All components of the Australia Student Teaching Application which include:
All applicants are encouraged to use the Australia Student Teaching Application Planner to be sure all materials are submitted by deadline.
Copy of passport- Needed by January 8th, 2013.
Spring registrants: October 1, 2013
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Number of credits awarded varies by student major and/or home campus.
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Off campus apartment style shared housing with other program participants (2-3 bedrooms) with full kitchens in beautiful Newport Mooloolaba Holiday Apartments on the Sunshine Coast.
Email our program alumni to learn more about Australia Student Teaching from a student's perspective!
Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland study abroad advisor, with any questions you may have.
This story was featured on ABC WEstern Queensland, Australia on 11 July, 2014 For full story with audio, go to: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/07/10/4043617.htm?§ion=news
New York teachers get outback education
By Blythe Moore
Dozens of student teachers from New York have learnt the delicate art of tea making while on a whirlwind tour of the outback. They're seeing the sights of Queensland before they begin work placements on the Sunshine Coast next week.
New York student teachers at Longway Station near Longreach. (ABC:Blythe Moore)
Thirty student teachers are crowded around a dining table at Longway Station near Longreach in western Queensland.
In front of them is a tea pot, a tea strainer and dozens of cups.
"I think I need some help here," one student teacher says, gesturing to the tea.
Dozens of confused faces look back at him. Many of them have never made a cup of tea before.
Luckily, there's an Australian on hand to help.
Colin Balfour from the State University of New York, who's leading the group, jumps in to explain.
"Put the strainer on top of the cup, then pour the tea, then add milk if you like," he said.
It's just one of many educational experiences for this group of teachers, as part of a two-week tour of Queensland.
Next week the real work starts as they begin two-month work placements at schools on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Balfour says the program is offered to final year undergraduate students in the State University of New York's education department.
He says the program is appealing to many students because it gives them an edge when it comes to job applications.
"It makes them much more competitive," he said.
"In Long Island, for example, in New York, for one job vacancy there may be 1,000 applicants.
"So if you've got international experience you might be able to differentiate yourself and be the preferred candidate for employment."
The student teachers will be based at a variety of schools on the Sunshine Coast, including Mooloolaba State School, Chevallum State School and Currimundi Special School.
Student teacher Kyle Shea says he thinks the experience in Australia will help him adapt to situations that may arise in an American classroom.
"I think one of the most important things about being a teacher is being able to adapt, being able to adapt to any situation," he said.
"Being in a completely different cultural climate and school climate is going to be very different for me.
"This is just preparing me for what it's going to be like in a classroom in America and adapting to different situations constantly."