Hufstedler School of Education Launches International Partnership and Cross-cultural Study Abroad Opportunity for Filipino Student Teachers

Alliant staff and faculty with student teachers from the Philippines

The Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University has partnered with the Philippines’ Global City Innovative College to offer cross-cultural education and training for Filipino student teachers on Alliant’s San Diego campus. GCIC is located in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines.

The first cohort of four GCIC participants arrived in early March for a near month-long experience enrolled in HSOE’s graduate certificate program in cross-cultural studies with an emphasis on K-12 classrooms. The students are fully-immersed in an observational teaching model at Ellen Browning Elementary School in San Diego.

Program activities and educational opportunities include assisting the classroom’s master and student teachers’ multi-subject instruction to diverse learners, parental interactions and relationship management, and intensive lectures on critical cultural and learning topics impacting teachers and students in the classroom. Topics include: the foundations of multicultural and global education; Filipino language and history; teaching English to speakers of other languages; the impact of culture on English language learning; and grammar and psychology in diverse school settings.

This partnership was initiated by the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction headed by Dr. Estela C. Matriano, executive director, and Carole Caparros, executive assistant. The WCCI is a transnational educational organization formed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. WCCI is committed to advancing the achievement of a just and peaceful world community, and the development of global educators. To learn more, please visit www.wcci-international.org .

To learn more about the Hufstelder School of Education, please visit www.alliant.edu/hufstedler .