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Culture and Education in Ecuador

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  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Dates: May 11 - May 29, 2020
  • Travel Abroad Dates: May 16 - May 24, 2020 (to be confirmed)
  • Cost to Participate: $3037 plus tuition
  • Application Information
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  • Courses Offered
  • EDUC 274 Q Special Topics in Education: Ecuador
  • EDUC 270 Q Informal Science Teaching

This faculty-led program invites students from all majors to spend 10 days in the beautiful Andean mountains of Ecuador, visiting local schools and exploring one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. Chants will hear lectures from esteemed international faculty at the Universidad de San Francisco in the capital city of Quito, and they will engage in cultural activities that complement their CCU coursework. On weekday mornings, Chants will observe children in two distinct learning environments –a public, Ecuadorian school (Spanish language instruction) and a private, multilingual school (English language instruction).

Program participants can work with the schoolchildren while comparing aspects of Ecuadorian culture, teaching methods, and developmental theory relating to education to those in the United States. Afternoons will be spent visiting local heritage sites and landmarks such as Quito’s historic City Center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Mindo Cloud Forest (renowned for incredible birdwatching and waterfalls), Parque Cóndor (a Dutch-owned foundation that rehabilitates birds of prey), and Otavalo (a city surrounded by volcanic peaks, famous for its market and populated by the Otavalo indigenous group). Satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement while spending your Maymester on the continent of South America!

Physical Requirements: Participants must be comfortable hiking and walking on cobblestone roads. Additionally, the capital of Quito sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 9,350 feet (2,850 meters). Healthy bodies can adapt to the challenges of high altitude remarkably well, but until acclimatization occurs, the stresses of altitude can tax the heart and lungs, particularly if they are not entirely healthy to begin with.

Course Information

Both courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements. EDUC 270 Q is an approved substitute for the second science requirement for Early Childhood. EDUC 274 Q is an approved substitute for EDUC 215 for all education programs. 

EDUC 270 Q Informal Science Teaching: Teaching Science in Non-school Settings. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course is designed to introduce students to the world of informal science education, or science taught in non-school settings such as museums, state parks, environmental education centers, and zoos. This course will include, among other topics, the study of environmental education curricula, zoology education, and methods of implementation. The course is designed for those who have had little or no professional preparation in education courses, but are interested in learning how to communicate scientific information to children and the public. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to present education information from fields including herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), entomology (insects), and marine sciences to children and the general public. The focus of the course will be on informal educational experiences. Satisfies New Core Skills - Human and Social Behavior. 
Catherine Scott

EDUC 274 Q Special Topics in Education: Ecuador. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). Participants will take an international education and culture course that includes a service-learning component.  This program is a unique opportunity for students to apply book knowledge, theory, and personal experiences with students and school types in a different cultural setting. In Ecuador, participants will observe children in an international K-12 multi-lingual, English instruction school for eight days. Students will work with the students and examine aspects of culture, teaching methods, and developmental theory that relate to education in both the United States and Ecuador. Weekday mornings will be spent in the schools or education-related settings, with afternoons used to tour local heritage sites and landmarks. Satisfies EDUC 215, Old Core Goal 5B or New Core Skills 1B.  
Instructor: Dianne Mark

Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in double rooms at a local hotel in Cumbaya. Breakfast is included with hotel, and lunch will be provided each full day in Ecuador.

Program Leaders 

Dr. Catherine ScottDr. Catherine Scott, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education, 843-349-6558
Dr. Catherine Scott earned her Ph.D. in Elementary Science and Math Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master's degree in K-6 Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She spent five years teaching elementary school at the 4th, 5th and K-5 Science levels. Her scholarship is in the area of outdoor and environmental education. Dr. Scott has worked with faculty from USFQ and CCU to study environmental education program in the Galapagos, Ecuador. In May 2017 and 2018, Dr. Scott led a CCU Education Abroad program to Ecuador.  

Dr. Dianne Mark, Professor of Educational Foundations, Spadoni College of Education, 843-349-2485
Dr. Dianne L. H. Mark grew up in Flint, Michigan. She received a B.S. in Physical Education from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College, and a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). Before serving CCU as a professor, Dr. Mark was the College dean and provided oversight and leadership to undergraduate and graduate programs as well as The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement. Prior to joining CCU, she served as the dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania after serving almost 10 years at the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. Dr. Mark led a CCU Education Abroad program to South Africa. 

Cost to Participate = Program Fee + Tuition (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate) + Out-of-pocket Expenses

The tuition for this course is for Maymester term. 

Included in Program Fee: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Ecuador; accommodations while in country; ground transportation; 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch); one group dinner; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance ($1.80 a day, for every day traveling).

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:$155 for meals not covered by program fees. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure Housing: Students will be meeting on campus in the week leading up to the departure date and must have accommodations during this period.  Students should confirm the departure date with their program leaders before securing housing.
Discounted Tuition for Education Abroad Students: $366/credit
CCU credits  Program Fee Tuition  Technology Fee
Cost to
3 credits $3037 $1098 $15 $155 $4305
6 credits $3037 $2196 $30 $155 $5418


Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Due
Deposit Oct. 30 $300 (refundable before commitment deadline Dec. 5)
Program Fee Payment Feb. 11 $2737
Tuition and Technology Fee Payment May 9 Varies (see above)

Deposits can be made in person at Student Accounts or by phone. After acceptance to the program, the payment of the program fee as well as payment of tuition can be made online through WebAdvisor or in-person/by phone through Student Accounts. Tuition charges are distinct and different from program fee charges. Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit Student Accounts.


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