If you have applied to the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) 2021 intake, please note that the travel components have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check your email for more information.

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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 EDUC 400 semester.

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

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