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Faculty Led: Elementary Education EDEL-O
Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/05/2022 07/17/2022

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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English Program Type: Faculty Led
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Language Courses Offered: None
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Additional Requirements: Must be a teaching major
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Elementary Education Overseas – (EDEL-O)

Faculty Directors:
Dr. Jackie Sydnor (, Elementary Education

Course Credit: 

Students take the following 2 courses for a total of 6 credits:

EDEL 350: Teaching in the Elementary Education Classroom (3 credits)
EDRD 350: Advanced Reading and Language Arts Instruction in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)


Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; Junior class standing; Successful Completion of Decision Point #1 and admitted to Teacher's College; Prior to applying, candidates must meet with Dr. Sydnor to ensure all requirements have been met.

Program Description:

Elementary Education Overseas/England (EDEL-O/England) began in 1972 based on the belief that international teaching and travel experiences are critical to pre-service teachers’ professional development. Through this exciting program, students practice-teach in a local primary school, learn from British educational experts, and have opportunities to travel throughout the UK through organized trips. Research has demonstrated that such experiences enhance one’s appreciation for diversity and development of cultural awareness, which in turn, allows one to better navigate cultural differences. Demographic trends in the United States point to a K-12 student population that is increasingly linguistically, racially, economically, and culturally diverse while the teaching force remains overwhelmingly White, middle class, monolingual, and female. Thus, it is essential that teachers have structured opportunities to investigate their own identities and explore the ways in which culture is created and lived so that they are prepared to teach in ways that are culturally responsive to all children.

The EDEL-O England program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in British culture while also completing a practicum in a British primary school. Students will earn credit for EDEL 350 and EDRD 350. This immersive, experiential learning opportunity emphasizes contextual knowledge and the critical ways it shapes education. Students will explore how they experience the world as cultural beings and how this informs the lens through which they make sense of the world. To become effective teachers, it is essential that students understand the very important roles that culture and context play in their own and in children’s lives and incorporate this knowledge into their pedagogical practice.

Fifty years after its creation, EDEL-O continues to give students an opportunity to explore the context of education in Great Britain (curriculum, instruction, pedagogy, organizational structure) and compare it to the United States and Indiana contexts. Ball State students are provided hands-on opportunities to work with children from various economic, racial, social, and linguistic backgrounds; build relationships; practice instructional and assessment strategies; and connect contextual factors (local, historical, social, etc.) to teaching.

Program dates:

June 5, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Estimated Cost:  $7,316 Program Fee + 6 credits of BSU Tuition & Fees 
(Tuition charges based on total credit hours, residency, and undergraduate/graduate status)

Note that airfare (est. $1,600), a passport ($145), additional meals (est. $400), a visa ($429) and spending money (est. $400) are not included in the program fee and should be budgeted for when calculating out-of-pocket expenses. 

How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU by the deadline

Whom should I contact for more information?
Dr. Jackie Sydnor (, Elementary Education

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