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International Teacher Education Module (ITEM)

ITEM focuses on the ‘internationalization' of education and encourages student teachers to develop global perspectives. In ITEM 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.

First introduced in 1999 with a pilot trip to Mexico, the ITEM module has since given student teachers the opportunity to explore life and education in several countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, China and India. Today, the ITEM module travels to Dharamsala, India and Oaxaca, Mexico from approximately mid-October to early December during the fall 400 semester.

School experiences and practica will take place throughout the Lower Mainland.

Hear about David's experience with ITEM in India:

Module Details  

  • Grades:
    K to 12
  • Based:
  • SFU Burnaby campus
  • India (Dharamsala) or Mexico (Oaxaca)
  • Additional Cost:
    $5000+ (subject to change)
  • Additional Requirements:
    Letter of intent