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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Field of study: Education, Fine or Applied Arts Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level: Undergraduate CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Teacher Education in Florence

Florence duomo

About the Program

As the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is one of the great cultural cities of the world. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this beautiful city rose to prominence in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Powered by its immense wealth, Florence produced an extraordinary burst of achievement in art, architecture and literature that permanently changed the course of Western civilization. The program will emphasize the richness of the culture of Italy and specifically Florence, bringing together the city’s art, history and diversity while utilizing children’s and young adult literature for a rich interdisciplinary approach. Students will visit a variety of museums, galleries, churches, bookstores, and other historically significant sites in order to examine and understand this intriguing city and culture.

"I would highly recommend this program to students! The knowledge I gained on this trip is something I would never be able to gain in a typical classroom. The environment is amazing and the experience itself is something I will never be able to describe."
-Summer 2014, Teacher Education in Ireland participant


Curricular Options

Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

EDT 340/344: Education Diverse Student Populations in an Inclusive Setting (3 credits)
 This course is the study of the evidence based practice in inclusive education where teachers are knowledgeable about and respect diversity; including culture and racial/ethnic origins, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic status and learning challenges associated with exceptionalities. Candidates in this course will aspire to create democratic classrooms with a culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum so all students learn, being aware of legal aspects and social justice perspectives associated with the student’s learning. Candidates will gain knowledge in the importance of accommodations in instruction, materials, the environment and assessments, and ways to differentiate the curriculum to the individual learning needs of students in general education classrooms, working in collaboration with other adults in the student’s life.
CAP for 340 ONLY: Crossing Boundaries – Integrative; Diversity and Social Justice
EDT 350: Foundations of Literacy through Literature (3 credits)
This course serves as an introductory course to the reading/language arts (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, visual representation) and the role literature plays in these processes.  It is foundation course in reading and is intended to align with the requirements of Ohio Reading Core licensure standards for the Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Intervention Specialist programs.  Topics examined include the foundations of literacy, research, theories and related models of reading, various children’s and young adult literature, the integration of technology in literacy, an overview of the importance of on-going assessment in teaching reading/language arts, and an awareness of cultural linguistic and ethnic diversity in individual learners. 
EDT 406 Art Study for Educators/VAE 232 Integrating Visual Culture (3 credits)
An inquiry into visual culture theory and the way visual culture helps learners make meaning of our world.  Through an examination of Florence, Rome and other aspects of Tuscany, this course creates spaces in which learners can investigate the way visual culture and art are ever present.  Examining the ways in which our perspective informs our acquisition of knowledge, for example, how does being a tourist change the way we “see” others?  How do others “read” the visual culture we embody?  Using the city, the history and the abundantly stunning art as jumping off points, students in this course will explore visual culture theory, broaden definitions of literacy to include visual literacy, and investigate the ways in which the Renaissance has been and continues to be integrated into contemporary American visual culture in education.
CAP for VAE 232 ONLY: Arts; Crossing Boundaries - Inquiry
UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded minicourse required of all student participants.

group meeting on the piazza


Connie Mathes, School of Education & Health Services: Department of Teacher Education (Site Coordinator)
Novea McIntosh, School of Education & Health Services: Department of Teacher Education
R. Darden Bradshaw, College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design

"This trip provided me with the best 5 weeks of my life! The ability to learn and explore in a different country with my peers and professors was a priceless experience! I would recommend 1000x over!"
- Summer 2014 Teacher Education in Ireland participant


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure, plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The MAXIE Class (UDI 220) for this program will meet as follows:

Mondays, 1:25 to 3:20pm
UDI 220 - M4
January 22 through April 23, 2018
Room: Fitz 676

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Florence, Italy map

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This program is currently not accepting applications.