Customized Short-Term, Non-Credit International Programs


The Office of International Education has over 20 years of experience collaborating with international partner educational institutions and organizations to offer customized short term, non-credit international education programs for groups of teachers, student teachers and educational leaders.  Eac program is designed to best reflect the educational and cultural contexts and requests of the participating groups, many of whom request programming specific to the teaching of English as an Additional Language (TEAL) / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

The program format typically includes workshops, discussion sessions, presentations, school and classroom  visits, field trips, and cultural excursions, enrolling 16 to 24 participants for 2 to 6 weeks.

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Professional Development Program (PDP) - International Teacher Education Module (ITEM)


Part of the Faculty's highly acclaimed Professional Development Program, the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) was first introduced in 1999 as a way to develop pre-service education students' global perspectives.  ITEM focuses on the ‘internationalization' of education and encourages student teachers to develop global perspectives. In the ITEM module, student teachers examine issues and challenges faced by students and teachers in BC schools where diversity, global education, English-as-an-additional-language, and intercultural communication have become critical and integral components of the curriculum and classroom life.  Current ITEM sites include Mexico and India.

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