Professional Development

International Opportunity: Experienced Teacher Program

Build your skills and gain a global perspective. Experienced educators can take on teaching assignments in foreign countries through the Experienced Teacher Program.

As a participant, you'll partner with experienced educators overseas in direct teaching environments and in other professional activities. You'll also immerse yourself in your host community by living with a "teacher family" in the area. You'll develop new teaching ideas and materials, hone your professional skills, and earn three graduate credits through Indiana University. By the time you return home, you'll have strong relationships with international colleagues who share your commitment to education.

Where You'll Teach

Teaching opportunities are available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • India
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Spain

Your choice of host country should be guided by your professional goals as well as your personal preferences. Seize the opportunity to stretch yourself professionally and personally by selecting an environment that is substantially different from your own.

Placements will be evaluated to achieve the best fit based on your licensing areas and the host school’s needs.

Foreign Language Requirements

There are no foreign-language proficiency requirements for most locations, with these exceptions:

  • In Costa Rica and Ecuador, we recommend basic Spanish-language proficiency.
  • In Spain, basic Spanish proficiency is required.

If going to a non-English speaking country, we do encourage participants to learn basic words and sentences in their host country’s native language, either by enrolling in an introductory course or using self-study materials.

What You’ll Teach

Most participating schools value the program because it provides collaboration among experienced educators and offers students the benefit of their combined expertise. Students enjoy interacting with other professional educators and being exposed to U.S. culture. Your specific teaching responsibilities will depend on your professional goals as an educator.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of teaching experience in a K-12 environment. Each participant must also have a valid United States passport.

What It Costs

Participants will be responsible for paying the respective IU tuition rate based on their residency status. Participants are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay.

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the Experienced Teacher Program, contact Laura Stachowski.

Dr. Laura L. Stachowski
Director, Global Gateway for Teachers
Indiana University School of Education
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 1074
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
Telephone: (812) 856-8507
Email: stachows@indiana.edu