Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education students have the opportunity to complete a portion of their teaching internship in the Auckland County Public Schools. World famous for its education system, and particularly its literacy education programs, New Zealand is a truly special place for student teachers to complete their professional internship. The SU Department of Teacher Education in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies has been sending student teachers to the Auckland public schools for nearly twenty years, making it one of SU's oldest international initiatives. The New Zealand teaching internship program is competitive and enrollment is limited.
All students earn credits for either ELED or ECED 401 or 402 depending on whether the placement in Auckland is a first, second, or third placement. All students also complete an online seminar with a professor back in Salisbury and other students completing their professional placements both domestically and abroad. Students can complete professional internships during four possible periods:
I. Spring Internship– 8 week internship offered either Feb-March (ELED 401) or April-May (ELED 402). Both internships have concurrent online seminar.
II. Fall Internship – 8 week internship offered Oct-Dec (ELED 402). Internship has concurrent online seminar.
III. Anticipated Fall Internship – 5 week internship July-Aug (ELED 401). Because Auckland Public School’s calendar is different from Maryland’s students may complete an anticipated Fall Internship during late summer. Students are registered for Fall internship and pay Fall tuition although they begin their academic work in New Zealand in mid-July. Internship has independent seminar separate from standard online seminar.
JUNIOR CLASS LEARNING
J.C.L. Education (New Zealand) Ltd is an educational consultancy formed in 1992 as a response to many enquiries from overseas teachers and administrators to visit our classrooms in New Zealand and observe our reading and writing programs in action. J.C.L offers opportunities for educators, teachers and student teachers to experience and observe a New Zealand classroom in action. Educators and teachers have the opportunity to stay with an experienced New Zealand teacher and participate in classroom programs. Student teachers from overseas Universities are offered the opportunity to spend five, seven, eight or ten weeks in a New Zealand primary or secondary school to observe and practice skills and techniques in New Zealand. SU has partnered with J.C.L. on the Salisbury Abroad: New Zealand teaching internships since 1995. During that time almost 100 SU students have completed their teaching internships with the Auckland Public Schools. For more information on JCL see their program website.
Students are housed with homestay families in the metropolitan Auckland area. In addition to housing, families provide students with full board, transportation to school, and an inside look at life in a New Zealand family. All of the families are pre-screened by Junior Class Learning and many have been hosting foreign students for years. Living with a family in Auckland has been central to the International Teaching Internship success. Many students keep in touch with their host families throughout the years, and some manage to return to visit.
Costs for the Salisbury Abroad: New Zealand teaching internship will vary depending on whether a student completes a 5 week or an 8 week internship. In all cases, students pay their regular SU tuition and fees (resident or non-resident tuition applies). This tuition includes the credits earned for the internship in New Zealand, the online seminar concurrently earned back at SU, and the remainder of the semester credits for the second internship ans seminars back in Maryland. In total, the tuition costs include an entire full semester of credits according to each student's full semester load. Students then also pay Junior Class Learning fees for housing and board, and placement fees to the host teacher in the Auckland Public Schools.
Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Once the program is full, accepted students will be placed on a waiting list.