Spring Semester (Student Teaching)
This is an excellent opportunity for student teachers to experience an alternative student teaching placement in a diverse setting, yet still remain in the United States. Student teachers will be placed in the unique small town of Immokalee, part of Collier County School System, which is home to many migrant and immigrant families who work in the surrounding fields. Student teaching placements are available at all levels. Immokalee includes a multiethnic student population with 98% of them receiving free and reduced lunch. This is a great opportunity to work with students in poverty.
Unfortunately, during the 2020-2021 academic year study away and study abroad programs have been suspended due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to global experiences for our students. When it is safe to resume travel we will continue to provide experiences that create opportunities for teacher candidates to work with students in communities outside of Michigan and the United States.
Live with other student teachers to create and seek advice about lesson plans, and work in a diverse class of students that use Spanish as their first language. Additionally, gain perspective through learning about the Native American tribe within Immokalee’s borders.
The Florida Everglades, a Disney teacher education tour and Henry Ford’s and Thomas Edison’s Winter homes are just some of the possible places you can explore. Even enjoy airboat rides to see alligators in their natural surrounding, or spend weekends at the beautiful beaches that surround the Fort Myers and Naples area.
Discuss what you have learned with CMU staff and other student teachers, and complete your student teaching and seminars. You will always take with you a piece of Seminole culture from Immokalee.
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