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What is LCTE?

DATES

While dates vary from year to year, typically the LCTE Program is approximately 3 weeks long during the months of May and June.

Dates for 2023 are still to be determined, but will be released soon!

Students can expect to fly into Amsterdam (AMS) and out of Paris (CDG).

DESTINATIONS 

Visit Europe! The LCTE program spends time in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France. Typically, we visit (at least for a day trip) the following cities:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Paris, France

COURSES

Students are required to enroll in six (6) credits in the following courses

  • CEP 416, Teaching and Learning with Technology, 3 credits*
  • CEP/TE 491 or 891, Special Topics, 3 credits
  • CEP/TE 490 or 890, Independent Study, 3 credits 

* If you’ve already taken CEP 416, you may enroll in CEP490/890
*Only students who have completed their undergraduate degree may take 800 level credit.

Interested in learning more about LCTE? Watch this short video!

Program Highlights

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Visit culturally diverse European schools

Students have opportunities to visit progressive Dutch, German, and Belgian schools as participant observers. Schools were chosen for their cultural diversity, opportunities for interactions with students and teachers, and potential for illuminating interesting comparisons to US schools. We will also spend time with Belgian and Dutch college students studying to be teachers at a university of applied sciences in Hasselt, Belgium and in Sittard, Netherlands.


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Learn about the world of International Schools

We have plans to visit International Schools in The Netherlands. Students can learn more about what International Schools are, what it is like to be an International School teacher, and how to get connected to the International School network to find a job.


Become more proficient with educational technology

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The students’ field experiences will be the basis for considering the core issues of this program: the intersection of learning, technology, and culture. Technologies such as digital photography and video, podcasts, and blogs will be used both as means to look more closely at phenomena related to learning and culture. Technology will also be central to representing and sharing ideas. By the end of the program, students will have greater proficiency at using a wide range of technologies and a deeper understanding of how technology can be used effectively by themselves and others.


Live in beautiful, modern, cosmopolitan facilities

During the three weeks, students will stay in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Maastricht, Netherlands. Most of the time will be spent in Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands and home to one of the finest universities in The Netherlands. Maastricht University is in the scenic historic district of the city. 



Gateway to a Masters Degree

The two courses in this program fit well into students in the undergraduate Teacher Certification program. In addition, the six credits from courses can be taken in such a way that they can be applied toward one of several Masters programs in our College. See the “Courses” section above.


NEXT STEPS:

Get Information!

In October, visit the LCTE table at the Education Abroad Expo or attend the LCTE Informational Meeting.

Use the Online Scheduling Tool set up an interview or meeting with Dr. Heather Shea, the program director. During this informal, 20-min interview, we’ll discuss your interest in this education abroad program and how participating will help you meet your educational, professional, and personal goals.

Apply!

Submit your application through the Education Abroad Via-TRM portal: https://msueducationabroad.via-trm.com/client/programs/12189

Make a Plan & Prepare to Travel!

Make an appointment at the Office of Financial Aid, and make a plan to cover the costs of your education abroad program! Each year scholarship money goes unrequested and unusedGO HERE ASAP to inquire. (Ask Office of Education Abroad for help!). Keep in mind, even if Financial Aid covers program fee + tuition, you’re responsible for some transportation costs, spending money, some meals, + FLIGHT COST unless you apply for additional funds. We highly encourage that you apply for scholarships.

Get a Passport: Visit HERE for info on how to apply, and HERE if it’s your first time applying for a passport. Finally, visit HERE to print out your passport application. It’s about $120. If you need help, contact program leader for advice! You will be expected to bring your passport to a pre-trip meeting. If you are an international student, please consider applying for your visa early.
*(A birth certificate is required, but they mail it back to you—if you have lost yours, visit your state’s birth certificate website to order a new copy.)

Additional information about the timeline for 2023 is located here.