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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/22/2019 06/21/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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: No Field of study: Education
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Academic Level: Undergraduate
Max credit hours: 10 CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:
Exploring Ireland with Teacher Education
About the Program

IrelandThis program offers students a diversity of lens through which to understand The Emerald Isle. Using an experiential model of learning, the program will explore the Irish cities of Dublin and Galway as well as the countryside and coasts of Ireland so that the very nation itself becomes the "text.” Students will delve into the country’s social and educational systems, history, literature, and natural environments all while taking in the sights and sounds of Irish cultural life. Conversations with professionals from P-12 schools will allow students to explore Ireland’s educational system and how it supports diverse and multicultural learning needs. To compliment field experiences, students will study the various 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 your context for an intellectually rich and eye-opening cultural experience this summer!

Curricular Options
Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

EDT 340: Educating Diverse Student Populations 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 of 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.  This course is approved to meet the CAP Diversity and Social Justice and Crossing Boundaries- Integrative requirements.

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.
EDT 410/524: Science for 4th and 5th Grades
(3 Credits)
EDT 543: Middle Childhood Science 4-6 Generalist Methods (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide developing professional educators a general introduction to the teaching and learning of science in today’s 4th through 6th grades.  The focus is directed toward teaching appropriate scientific concepts with special attention given to teaching for understanding, problem solving, content integration, and incorporation of STEM. In Ireland this course will use the natural environment and resources of Ireland to develop concepts for science instruction. Participants will learn how to use place-based field experiences to construct science curriculum that will engage young learners in real world, personally relevant science experiences addressing science standards.
Prerequisites: Successful application to the ECE or MCE program. This course is designed for ECE students pursing the 4th and 5th Grade Endorsement or the STEM Certificate and MCE students pursing the Generalist Endorsement in Science or the STEM Certificate.

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. Mary Kay Kelly, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Joni Baldwin, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Dr. Connie Bowman, Associate Professor, 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 study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s 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 MAXIE course will be posted by early October.

Classes begin in late February/early March 2019 and last until the end of April.

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Program Reviews:
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.

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
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.