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Early Childhood Unified in Costa Rica

Early Childhood Unified in Costa Rica
This intensive seminar aims at providing KU students and non-KU students with a general perspective on educational institutions, specifically early childhood and early childhood special education, and services in Costa Rica.
Location: 
Monteverde and San Jose, Costa Rica
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Special Education
Education--Unified Early Childhood
Applied Behavioral Science
Social Work
Speech-Language-Hearing
Education
Education--Elementary
Education--English
Education--French
Education--Health & Physical Ed
Education--German
Education--History
Education--Middle Mathematics
Education--Middle Science
Education--Spanish
Educational Psychology
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Study international education in Costa Rica
  • Earn one or three credit hours
  • Visit urban schools and small rainforest communities during program excursions
Program Summary: 

This intensive seminar aims at providing KU students and non-KU students with a general perspective on educational institutions, specifically early childhood and early childhood special education, and services in Costa Rica. This will be accomplished through lectures and site visits to communities, early childhood programs, and schools. The program focuses on settings and inclusiveness in private and public programs, teachers’ training and family participation. The students will examine services offered in Costa Rican institutions and how they are similar or differ across contexts and cultures. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of Costa Rica’s culture and biodiversity by participating in excursions.       

Location: 

Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty, extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services. The capital of San José is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. It lies in the Central Valley on a plain surrounded by large forested mountain ranges, some of which include active volcanoes, green savannahs, and working coffee plantations. 

The Universidad de Costa Rica is the oldest and largest university in Costa Rica, with a population of 35,000 students. The University of Kansas-Universidad de Costa Rica exchange program, initiated in 1958, is the oldest inter-university exchange of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Academic Information: 

One or three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Undergraduate students will enroll in SPED 672, graduate students will enroll in SPED 772, and doctoral students will enroll in SPED 995. 

Housing: 

Students will stay in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms with breakfast included. Several group lunches and dinners are also provided.

Life Abroad: 

While in San José, students will attend lectures about the education system in Costa Rica and interact with professors from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). It is planned to visit a preschool, possibly the one on UCR’s campus or government-run preschools in low-income neighborhoods. Cultural activities may include a city tour, which makes stops at the National Museum and National Theater, an excursion to a coffee plantation and hot springs, and a day on the beach.  

Students may also visit Monteverde, a city in the cloud forest. While there, planned activities may also include learning about the Quaker community that lives there and visits to bilingual schools in the community.  Students will also have time to explore the community.  

Eligibility: 

Open to KU and non-KU undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

Program Faculty: 

Jose Martinez, Assistant Professor in the Unified Early Childhood Program within the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas will lead the program. Dr. Martinez earned his doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Florida. His research focuses on the identification and evaluation of early intervention strategies designed to prevent and ameliorate social and behavioral challenges in children with developmental delays, the application of meta-analytic methods to systematic literature reviews to identify the most effective treatments for children with developmental delays, and the translation of effective practices for children with developmental delays into useful resources that teachers and families can use to improve the quality of lives of these children.

785-864-4253
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 506

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