Student Teaching in Ghana

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Overview

The Ghana Student Teaching placement program is a unique experience that allows our students the option to teach in a diverse setting. This program is a student teaching placement under the direction of a professor from the School of Education from SUNY Geneseo. Our teacher candidates complete their first student teaching placement in New York State and then complete their second placement in Ghana. The program usually runs from late October through mid-December.

Housing

Teacher candidates stay in the KCCR Guest Course at Kwame Nkurmah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

KNUST Basic School

Student teachers will be placed at KNUST Basic School to complete their placements. Evening seminars will address a variety of topics drawing on candidates daily work in their classrooms and providing time to reflect on the similarities and differences between education in Ghana and the U.S.

Cultural Excursions

Excursions and cultural events are planned during the stay in Ghana including:

  • Drumming lessons
  • Visits to cultural markets and villages
  • The King's Palace
  • Elmina Castle
  • Cape Coast Castle
  • Mole National Park
  • Kakum National Park

Program Cost Information

The program cost includes:

  • International airfare from major east coast metro area airport
  • Accommodations
  • Some group meals
  • Teaching facilities
  • Field trips, scheduled museum and entrance fees, guided tours, guest lectures, cultural excursions, etc
  • In-country travel

The program cost does not include:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Travel from your home to major east coast metro area airport
  • Pre-departure health expenses and travel preparation expenses
  • Personal spending money

Application Information

Student Teaching Applications begin the Fall prior to the year of your student teaching placement. There is a $20 application fee for teacher candidates.

Contact

For further questions regarding admissions information and payment, please refer to the SUNY Geneseo webpage SUNY Geneseo web page or Program Director Dr. Crystal Simmons, (585) 245-5339.

Last Updated 10/27/20

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