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Special Topics in Education: Culture and Education in Ecuador

  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Dates: May 7 - May 25, 2018
  • Travel Abroad Dates: May 12 - May 20, 2018 (to be confirmed)
  • Program Fees: $2,288 (not including tuition)
  • Online Application
  • Application Instructions & Eligibility Requirements
  • Courses Offered
  • EDUC 274: Special Topics in Education - Culture and Education in Ecuador
  • EDUC 270: Informal Science Teaching

In Ecuador, participants will observe children in an International K-12 multi-lingual, English instruction, school. 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, with afternoons used to tour local heritage sites and landmarks. Other days will offer the opportunity to visit inner-city public schools and work with the children on site. 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, and will count as credit for EDUC 215 or the Teaching Fellow Program.

Activities include:

  • Tour Quito’s historic center
  • Visit La Universidad de San Francisco at Cumbaya
  • Otavalo Excursion (an indigenous town)
  • Visits to Municipal School, Colegio Menor (a private English immersion school), and Escuela del Milenio
  • Visit the Ministry of Education
  • Visit INEVAL (Public Institute for Educational Evaluation)

Prior to departure, students will spend the week leading up to the trip preparing for the experience.  Student readings, classroom lectures, and assignments relate to learning more about the culture and educational systems of Ecuador.  In addition, students will participate in required meetings up to the study abroad experience to ensure that they know what to expect then they travel.


Course Information

Both courses fulfill core requirements.  EDUC 274 is an approved substitute for EDUC 215 for all education programs. EDUC 270 is an approved substitute for the second science requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood.

EDUC 274: Special Topics in Education - Culture and Education in 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.  
Instructor: Jamia Richmond
This course satisfies Old Core Goal 5B or New Core Skills 1B

EDUC 270: Informal Science Teaching. 3 credits (prereq: None) (3) 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.
Instructor: Catherine Scott
This course satisfies New Core Skills - Human and Social Behavior


Accommodations & Meals

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


Faculty Leaders 

Dr. Catherine ScottDr. Catherine Scott, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education 
cscott1@coastal.edu • 843-349-6558 • PRIN 119C
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. Dr. Scott 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, both Dr. Scott and Dr. Jadallah led a study abroad group to Ecuador  


Dr. Jamia Richmond, Associate Professor, Spadoni College of Education
jrichmon@coastal.edu • 843-349-6578 • PRIN 105B
Jamia Thomas-Richmond obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2004. Dr. Richmond was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida Daytona Beach campus for four years. She has developed research interests around areas that can positively and significantly impact the quality of life of people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University.
 
Her research has focused on working with culturally diverse exceptional students and their families. Others areas of interest include parental involvement in education, collaboration among teachers and families, and recruitment and retention of minority students in teacher education programs. 


Cost of the Program

Cost of the Program = Program Fees + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate)

In-State Students ($357/credit)

CCU credits  Program Fees Tuition  Cost of Program
3 credits $2,288 $1,071 $3,359

Out-of-State Students ($432/credit)

CCU credits Program Fees Tuition Cost of Program
3 credits $2,288 $1,296 $3,584

Included: 

Program fees include airfare from U.S. to Ecuador, accommodations while abroad, ground transportation in host country, 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch), one group dinner, excursions, and emergency medical insurance. 

Not included in Cost of the Program:

  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $105 total for dinner each evening. These are expenses not covered by the program fees that students should expect to cover, and will vary based on individual spending habits.  
  • Pre-departure Housing: Students will be meeting on-campus for classes in the week leading up to the departure date. Students will need to make sure they have accommodations leading up to the program departure date.  Students should confirm with faculty leaders the date of departure before securing housing.

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition Schedule Due Date Amount Due
Deposit November 1, 2017 $300
1st Payment December 8, 2017 $663
2nd Payment January 12, 2018 $663
3rd Payment February 12, 2018 $662
Tuition April 20, 2018 In-State: $357/credit
Out-of-State: $432/credit

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  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 http://www.coastal.edu/studentaccounts.


Helpful Links

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ): http://www.usfq.edu.ec/

CIA World Factbook Ecuador: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ec.html

U.S. State Department Travel Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/ecuador.html

CDC Health Information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador