Human Development and Family Sciences

Two student teachers with their class in Grand Cayman

Student Teaching Abroad

Student teaching is the final field experience where students have the opportunity to apply and to continually adapt, revise and revisit all they have learned about children’s development, learning and teaching within school and community settings. The primary goal of the student teaching experience is to provide teacher education candidates with the opportunity to be reflective practitioners serving diverse communities who assume, integrate, develop and refine three related critical professional roles: scholar, problem solver, and partner.

Early Childhood Education majors have the life-changing opportunity to student teach at an international school in Athens, Greece, or Seville, Spain, during their senior year. This 12-week experience enables teacher candidates to teach full time at an international school, teaching children from all over the world, while experiencing a new culture. UD student teachers gain confidence, learn to be independent and develop an understanding for and appreciation of other cultures.

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HDFS has formed a partnership with several schools in Greece to foster a collaborative relationship between our programs in early childhood education. UD education students can spend a semester student teaching at the American Community Schools (ACS)– Athens.

The school serves a diverse student population of more than 56 nationalities, giving UD’s CEHD students the opportunity to gain a truly global perspective on education. Using an American curriculum with a Greek perspective, first graders spend time in the chemistry lab, fifth graders explore geometry through M.C. Escher paintings and ancient sites, and eighth graders volunteer at local refugee camps.


Seville, Spain

Complete your student teaching in Seville, Spain, a beautiful city in the Andalusia region of Spain famous for intricate tile work, old world charm and flamenco dancing.

Student teaching takes place at Sevilla International College San Francisco de Paula . San Francisco de Paula’s mission is to provide education based on respect, work and an independent ideology that contributes to happiness, culture, innovation and responsible socio-economic progress. This high-quality educational institutional is set apart by unique programs for social and emotional development, early exposure to multiple languages, international respect and tolerance, and academic quality compared to global standards. This program is a 12-week, full-day student teaching experience.

Two UD students posing outside the Cayman International School
Charlotte Priest

I chose to study abroad to gain experience in teaching at an international school, and Cayman International School encouraged different cultures so it was very easy for me to fit in as I was able to bring some of my Japanese culture into my lesson plans. Working with these children and staff inspired me to teach internationally in a few years. A professional development (PD) experience that I found the most meaningful was when we did a beach clean up day. It was a great feeling to work with such positive people who truly care about their community. In my other placements, PD is usually just within school but I thought it was very cool that in Cayman, I was able to take my PD beyond the school and into the community.

Charlotte Priest, recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award