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  • Locations: Grantham, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; York, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Summer
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/29/2020 07/10/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

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. Kay Gandy (
Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh (

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.

  • Explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate research-based best instructional strategies for diverse P-12 classroom.
  • Evaluate the influence of individual differences on the teaching and learning process in the P12 classroom.
  • Examine the role of school and stakeholder partnerships (both at school and district levels) in P-12 student achievement.
  • Experience practical and in-depth investigations studying educational leadership within an international setting.
  • Collaborate with international communities and agencies with issues in education.
  • Employ experiential learning as a means of understanding the dynamics of place and community in an international setting.

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
  • Student must be in good academic standing.
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Current WKU students eligible to register for WKU courses may apply. Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure.
  • Students must possess a passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must be free of active disciplinary sanctions as verified by the 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 Abroad & Global Learning when they become aware of this ineligibility.
  • Students must complete all pre-departure orientations.
  • Full payment is due prior to date of departure.
  • Students must complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course.  We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly
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