Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Panama - Spring Break

TLSC 231: Teaching Science in Elementary Schools

TLSC 232: Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools

Program Highlights

  • Learn about teaching science and social studies at the elementary level through the utilization of informal learning environments by visiting the Panama Canal, the Tropical Rainforest, Panama Viejo Archeological Site, and an animal rescue and habitat site.
  • Experience a nine-day academic excursion to Panamá, where elementary education and special education majors will have the opportunity to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children at an International Baccalaureate (IB) school while fulfilling Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools & Communities program requirements.
  • Transform your understanding of what it means to learn and do science and social studies in different contexts, from classrooms to informal learning institutions, with LUC faculty members Dr. Lara Smetana and Dr. Sarah Cohen.

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Program Description

This nine-day field-based program in Panama explores what it means to learn and explore scientific and social studies concepts in a variety of contexts. During school hours at the Metropolitan School of Panama, the partner for this study abroad course, you will work closely with culturally and linguistically diverse youth as well as with teachers who have global and International Baccalaureate (IB) teaching experience. Our class excursions will expose you to the beautiful and fascinating ecology and history of Panamá to further your understandings of scientific and social studies concepts and to think about how to put the content area teaching standards into action by integrating real world experiences.

Course Description

The two courses (TLLSC 231 and 232) will use culture as a starting point for teaching science and social studies; they will provide experiences teaching and learning science across varied school and non-school contexts; and they will equip candidates with first-hand knowledge of an IB teaching experience in an international school setting while fulfilling Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools & Communities program requirements. Candidates will further develop the knowledge and skills necessary to teach science and social studies through an inquiry approach that incorporates writing instruction.

Academics

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Courses:

TLSC 231: Teaching Science in Elementary Schools

TLSC 232: Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools

Requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in the Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools & Communities (TLLSC) program

All students on the program will be enrolled in the two three credit hour courses. These courses fulfill the following academic requirements:

  • TLSC Major Credit

Taught By:

Dr. Lara Smetana, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Education

Dr. Sarah Cohen, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Education

Housing & Meals

During this course, students will stay at the City of Knowledge dormitories.

Lunch at the school's cafeteria will be included.

Dates

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March 2-11, 2018

  • 10/15—Application Deadline
  • TBA—Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation
  • Spring semester course starts on the LUC campus
  • 3/2—Students Arrive in Panama
  • 3/11—Program Ends

Program Costs

Program Fee of $1,130 Includes:

  • Accommodation at City of Knowledge dormitories
  • Excursions, cultural events, entrance fees
  • On-site transportation
  • Lunches in school cafeteria
  • CISI international health insurance
  • On-site program support

Tuition Fee (Included in your spring tuition costs):

  • Six credit hours of Loyola spring term tuition 

Estimated Cost: $1,130

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago - Panama City, Panama) approximately $600
  • Personal spending money
  • Additional meals and snacks

Application Process

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2017

As part of the online application you must:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to study abroad
  2. Upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt
  3. Pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307; or contact Dr. Lara Smetana, Ph.D., School of Education at lsmetana@luc.edu.