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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Field of study: Education
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Max credit hours:
10 CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:
Exploring Ireland with Teacher Education
About the Program

The “Exploring Ireland with Teacher Education” program offers students a diversity of lens through which to understand The Emerald Isle. Using an experiential model of learning, the program will explore Irish cities and countryside so that the very nation itself becomes the "text.” Group visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Island, ancient monasteries, and the coast of Ireland will make the academic content come alive for students. 
In the classroom, students will delve into the country’s social systems and history, literature, and educational system all while taking in the sights and sounds of Irish cultural life around them. Conversations with professionals from P-12 schools in Dublin will allow students to explore Ireland’s educational system and how it supports the diverse and multicultural learning needs of students. To compliment these field experiences, faculty will introduce students to historical and contemporary literary representations of “The Fighting Irish” and immigrant underdogs to help them better understand the historical experience of immigration from Ireland to America. Let Ireland be an outlet for an intellectually rich and eye-opening cultural experience this summer! 

Curricular Options

All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session, and are required to take 7 credit hours per session.  Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding the eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

EDT 303: School, Self and Society (3 credits)
This course is a study of the relationships among social change, institutional reform, and student socialization in various levels and types of schools. The students will make a comparison of schools around the world. One aim of such a study is to locate the differences that derive from differences in the cultures of the communities they serve. Another aim is to record how schools responded to forces of globalization and from internal forces of change.
CAP Approved: Crossing Boundaries- Integrative

EDT 340: Educating Diverse Student Population in Inclusive Settings (3 credits)
This course is the study of the diversity and the characteristics, legal aspects, and educational needs of students with different learning needs. The focus is on aspects on an inclusive classroom that supports the diverse and multicultural learning needs of students. The class and field experience will include an exploration of Ireland’s diversity and educational system as well as the US's.  Pre-requisites: Field experience required, EDT 110. 
CAP Approved: Diversity and Social Justice; Crossing Boundaries- Integrative

EDT 350: Foundations of Literacy through Literature (3 credits)
This course is an inquiry into the foundations of literacy instruction. Contemporary theories, research, and models of reading instruction are examined through immersion in award-winning children’s and young adult literature. We will explore historical and contemporary representations of “The Fighting Irish” and immigrant underdogs through multicultural picture books, folktales, fantasy, poetry, informational texts, and other genres. Best practices for engaging K-12 students in literature-based reading activities across content areas will be applied during field trips to K-12 schools in Dublin, Ireland, and through experiential learning opportunities at children’s theaters, libraries, museums, historical landmarks, and community centers.  Pre-requisite: EDT 110.

UDI 310:  MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded mini-course required of all student participants


Dr. Shauna Adams, Department of Teacher Education (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Katie Lawless, Department of Teacher Education
Dr. Treavor Bogard,  Department of Teacher Education


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s faculty-led summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm
Rike 116
Section Number: UDI 220 – M4
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experiences:
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Program Reviews:
Kate Elizabeth O'Brien, Summer 2014 Participant
This trip provided me with the best 5 weeks of my life! The ability to learn and explore in a different country with my peers and professors was a priceless experience! I would recommend 1000x over!

Summer 2014 Participant
I would highly recommend this program to students! The knowledge I gained on this trip is something I would never be able to gain in a typical classroom. The environment is amazing and the experience itself is something I will never be able to describe.

Summer 2014 Participant
This was an excellent program and did a great job of incorporating new culture as well as learning content material in the courses for out specific major.

This program is currently not accepting applications.