Feb 12, 2012
By Monica Chapman
The Teacher Education Department in the Patton College of Education recently announced plans to award teaching credit to education majors participating in Ohio University's "Teach in Ghana" study abroad program.
This marks the first time that the "Teach in Ghana" program will count toward student teachers' clinical/field experience. Previously, the program counted toward credit in Education Cultural Studies, International Studies and Twi, the native language of Ghana.
Program participants who qualify to student teach will be treated as out of area candidates, just like candidates who choose to fulfill their professional internship outside the state of Ohio, according to Associate Professor of Educational Studies Francis Godwyll, who has been advocating for the policy change since fall quarter.
"It is a step in the right direction … and I am confident that the program will attract more outstanding candidates to participate in this life changing experience," Godwyll said.
Each fall, the "Teach in Ghana" program places OHIO students in primary, junior or senior high schools in Cape Coast, Ghana. Each student resides with a Ghanaian family and participates in several weekend excursions to learn about West African culture.
Students from all majors are encouraged to apply for the program, which will take place from mid-September to mid-December in 2012.
According to Catherine Marshall, director of the Office of Education Abroad, the program holds special appeal for education majors looking to develop cross-cultural teaching skills.
"Multicultural understanding and competency are vital skills for future teachers," Marshall said. "Gaining student teaching experience through the 'Teach in Ghana' program will expose future teachers to a diversity of students and situations that will better prepare them for their future classrooms."
A "Teach in Ghana" program information session will be held Monday, Feb.13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Baker 237. All interested students are encouraged to attend