The Department of Human Development and Family Studies has several initiatives in the works to increase our global presence in education and human services. In 2016, partnerships were planned in Greece and Italy which will add to the study abroad opportunities HDFS students have had in South Africa and Barbados.
President Dennis Assanis of the University of Delaware (UD) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dr. Stefanos Gialamas of the American Community School in Athens, Greece. Over the course of 2016, Dr. Bahira Trask and the faculty of the Early Childhood Education program have traveled to Greece to meet with the administration and staff of the American Community School (ACS) to explore possibilities of a partnership. ACS is an internationally accredited model of excellence in education that embraces American educational values and practices in its mission to help students thrive as global citizens. HDFS’ work is also dedicated to increasing global opportunities for faculty and students in order to expand the impact of our applied research and better inform us as global citizens. The MOU states that the UD and ACS will work to allow UD teacher candidates to complete practicum experiences at ACS, doctoral students will be able to complete research at ACS, faculty exchanges for research and teaching opportunities will take place, and ACS students will be considered in high regard for UD admissions.
In Spring 2017, two early childhood education majors, Fiona Tumulty and Lauren Montagna, will be student teaching at ACS! Visit the ECE in Greece site to learn about their experiences.
For more information, visit the UDaily article on the agreement with ACS.
The University of Patras in Greece is a leader in early childhood education and HDFS is exploring partnerships to allow for student and faculty exchanges.
The College of Education and Human Development is offering a semester abroad program in Volterra, a small town in the Tuscan region of Italy. The program will be focused on education, disability and family services from a global perspective. It will align well with the HDFS minor or the Disability Studies (DIST) minor. The program was approved to begin Spring 2018 and information sessions will be offered during Spring 2017.
Human Development and Family Studies offers a service learning trip to Barbados every other winter. Human Services students are able to complete their 50-hour internship placement with a Barbadian agency while immersing themselves in the island culture. Visit the study abroad website or the Institute for Global Studies for more information.
Human Development and Family Studies offers a service learning trip to South Africa every other winter. Human Services majors explore the history and culture of South Africa, and complete the 50-hour internship with a local agency. Visit the study abroad website or the Institute for Global Studies for more information.