English Education

General Planning Tips For English Education 

  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take admission requirements, English content, and teacher education courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your admission requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of those classes to take overseas.
  • Summer options: Summer is a great time to take admission requirements. You could also participate in a unique field experience through one of the summer teaching programs.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Courses that include special education content (SPED) are based on United States law, so you should plan to take these courses at KU. In addition, the courses during your student teaching semesters will include field work and practicum requirements, thus these must be taken at KU as well. (C&T 489, C&T 490, C&T 495, C&T 544, ELPS 537, EPSY 520)

When To Go

Freshman and Sophomore

  • Schedule a meeting with an education advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience. If you wish to take teacher education courses abroad for a full semester, you will need to follow a specific pre-determined study abroad 4-year graduation plan, in which you will study abroad in Australia during the fall semester of your junior year. Early planning starting your freshman year is vital. If you wish to take other courses abroad, such as your English content or admission requirements, there is a little more flexibility with your graduation plan, and you will study abroad earlier -- during late freshman or early sophomore year.
  • After you've met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it's good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • There are both summer and full semester study abroad programs that offer admission requirement courses. The best time to pursue these programs is the summer after your freshman year or spring semester of your sophomore year.
  • The best time to take English content courses abroad is either semester of your sophomore year. 
  • Some freshman and sophomore level English and admission requirement courses that are commonly offered abroad include: ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 332, biology, general psychology, sociology, calculus, U.S. history.


  • The ideal time for English Education students to study education courses abroad is the fall semester of junior year.  The application deadline for fall programs is March 1st,
  • There is some degree of flexibility with your course sequencing during this time. If you need an education class (C&T, ELPS, EPSY, SPED) that is not available through your study abroad program and only offered at KU during the semester you are abroad, the School of Education is usually willing to work with you in arranging access to the course via Skype, Lecture Capture, or some other technology.
  • Some junior level Teacher Education courses that are commonly offered abroad include:  C&T 331, C&T 448, ELPS 301, EPSY 306 and EPSY 456.


  • Senior year is not a good time to study abroad for English Education students because of your student teaching requirements.
  • There are a couple of senior level Teacher Education courses available overseas (C&T 448 and EPSY 456), so you may want to plan on taking these early during your junior year while abroad.

Courses and Credit

  • English faculty and Education faculty have already pre-approved a number of English and education courses abroad. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.

Recommended Programs For English Education

Programs Offering Admission Requirement Courses

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year

Sample Courses: Intro to Sociology, Intro to Psychology, General Biology I, Calculus I

University of Newcastle - Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: Calculus I, Foundations of Psychology, Intro to Physical Geography, Intro to Sociology

Programs Offering English Content Courses

Swansea University - Wales

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: ENGL 302, ENGL 322, ENGL 385, ENGL 387

University College Cork - Ireland

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - freshman year OR Either semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: ENGL 203, ENGL 312, American literature, Shakespeare

University of East Anglia - England

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: American literature, British literature, Shakespeare, writing

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year

Sample Courses: ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 332, American History 1607-1877, American History 1877-Present, Evolution of the Earth's System, PSYC 104

Programs Offering Teacher Education Courses

Macquarie University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year

Sample Courses: C&T 331, EPSY 306, EPSY 456

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year

Sample Courses: C&T 331, C&T 448, EPSY 456

Programs Offering Teaching Experience

These programs may count for KU Core Goal 4.2. Recommended for summer after sophomore or junior year.

Education Majors: A Cross-Cultural Experience in Carpi - Italy

Education Teach Abroad - India

Teaching English in Korea - South Korea