Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

The Ireland Summer Experience began and ended on campus at CMU where secondary students started and completed their coursework for EDU 310 and EDU 325 in spring 2014. Elementary students completed their coursework in EDU 361, EDU 433, and EDU 495. In between, during mid-May 2014, the group travelled to Dublin where students were placed in area secondary schools to observe teaching and participate in classroom activities.  After Dublin, the group travelled to County Clare in Western Ireland for three days. In County Clare, students visited rural schools while enjoying the stunning, rugged countryside.

The Ireland Summer Experience offers several unique advantages for students in addition to the chance to gain a global perspective.  Participation in the program allows students to complete two required TEPD courses over the summer – two classes typically offered only during the school year.  Two faculty members work together to coordinate and compliment the curriculum of the secondary courses while two other faculty members coordinate the elementary pre-student teaching experience. The additional classroom field experience, not normally a part of the secondary program, will give students a chance to observe the theory and methods discussed in the EDU 310 and EDU 325 courses.

Overall, the Ireland Summer program will be a uniquely meaningful learning experience for all participants.  


When in the Dublin area, students will stay with host families in Dun Laoghaire. a seaside suburban town about 8 miles outside of Dublin's city center.  Dublin, and everything it has to offer, is just an easy 20-minute train ride from Dun Laoghaire. This home stay includes all meals and provides students with a unique cultural opportunity.

Applications: Two applications are required.

  1. Global Experience Pre-Student Teaching Application
  2. Office of Study Abroad
For more information about the Ireland elementary and secondary experiences please contact the Center for Clinical Experiences at

For information on scholarships, expenses, lodging information and more, please visit the Office of Study Abroad.

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