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  • Locations: Grantham, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; York, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
England Local to Global 2019

Students will have opportunities for engagement in a real-life international education setting in the United Kingdom. The course goal is for students to think comparatively from local to global using the topical lens of community, place, and leadership in education to explore these concepts. Topics within this framework will include stakeholder partnerships, community resources, educational leadership, curriculum planning, lesson planning, behavior management, service learning, diversity, and teacher leadership.


Dr. Lisa Murley (
Dr. Kay Gandy (


TCHL 545 – Classroom Instructional Strategies
EDU 507/GEOS 507 – GEOS Geographic Concepts and Skills for Teachers
EDLS 796 – International Aspects of Educational Leadership

(3 to 6 credit hours available)

In this course, students will be introduced to the educational system in the United Kingdom in a comparative study with education in the United States. Using the “City as Text” model, students will explore the communities of York, London and Paris to map, observe, and reflect on stakeholder partnerships and resources supporting teaching and learning to understand the dynamics of place and community in an international setting. Students will visit primary and secondary schools in the UK to observe instructional strategies, behavior management techniques, and teacher leadership roles. Field experiences in local schools will allow students the opportunity to study educational leadership within an international setting.
This collaborative course is designed for Master’s level students in Teacher Leadership and Doctoral students in Educational Leadership. These programs seek to prepare students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society. This course will provide students an opportunity to include an international aspect in their program of study and the opportunity to meet with international leaders and work in international communities.

Engage in discussions of readings demonstrating they can:
  • Identify and compare research-based best instructional strategies for diverse classrooms in a local classroom with those identified in a global classroom.
  • Determine the influence of individual differences on the teaching and learning process in a global learning environment.
  • Describe behavior management strategies found in an international classroom.
  • Analyze the importance of family/parent roles in a global learning environment.
  • Evaluate the teacher leadership roles in international classrooms.
  • Discuss educational leadership initiatives in an international setting.
Complete two City as Text assignments:
  • Work collaboratively in teams to research an assigned area of each city following the City as Text guidelines
  • Determine a “theme” to be the lens in looking at the communities and gather information (photos, text, interviews) to put together presentations of their findings.
Note: Doctoral students are expected to complete a higher level of work on all assignments. In addition, they will conduct interviews with teacher leaders in the schools we visit to find out about educational initiatives and issues that allow leadership experiences. Finally, doctoral students are expected to synthesize all of the experiences incurred in the study abroad to write a comparative paper exploring educational leadership in an international setting when we return from the study abroad.


Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 application fee.
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
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