Educate Global


Do you love to travel and are interested in teaching in diverse classrooms as well as experiencing foreign cultures? Or are you thinking about a career overseas?

Check out Educate Global, the NIU College of Education’s unique opportunity for hands-on multicultural teaching. We partner with school districts from around the world to provide first-hand experiences with different cultures, international colleagues and a support system for both your teaching and your explorations of your host country.

Spring and Summer 2021 Opportunity: Indonesia

Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant, NIU will select four students trained in TESOL methods, e.g. ESL/bilingual endorsement courses. James Cohen, Ph.D., will mentor and accompany these students, along with students who were selected in 2020 but were unable to travel due to COVID-19.


Training will commence in January 2021. In spring 2021 successful candidates with lead three virtual class sessions with Indonesian students. In summer 2021, the anticipated departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport is Friday, June 11, 2021, with a return date of Monday, July 5, 2021.

Summer instruction will occur in Central Java at the Pradita Dirgantara High School (SMA). Indonesian students are high school seniors ages 17 and 18.

Note: Travel to Indonesia is contingent upon COVID-19, vaccine development, production, distribution, and the health safety status of the host country. A travel determination will be made in March 2021.

Utilizing a co-teaching model (paired with Indonesian teachers in summer 2021) and adopting a critical pedagogy context, NIU students will deliver English language and global competencies instruction each morning. Afternoon activities will include engaging the students in a "club" context-focused on various interest areas.


Airfare, local transportation in Indonesia, housing, on-campus meals and cultural excursions are provided in exchange for your teaching. Housing and meals, in residence hall and cafeteria settings, as well as cultural excursions are provided by the school.


You must be a native or near-native English speaker who, at the time of application, is an undergraduate student fully admitted to the College of Education and taking classes in a professional sequence in one of the following licensure programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Teaching and Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

Virtual Information Sessions

Learn more by signing up for one of our upcoming information sessions. Please fill out the online registration form to let us know which information session(s) you would like to attend. The Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to you upon receiving your response.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7- 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 11 a.m.-noon

Info Session RSVP


All applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2020.

Online Application

Fall 2020 Opportunity: Spain

All licensure candidates are invited to participate in three virtual Educate Global seminar experiences this fall with teacher licensure candidates at the University of Alcalá in Spain. Each seminar will include presentations as well as breakout rooms for small group discussions.

  • Seminar 1 – Overview of U.S. and Spain Educational systems (Sept 21, noon–1:30 p.m. CST)
  • Seminar 2 – The world of bilingual education: Teaching in multilingual classrooms (Oct. 26, noon-1:30 p.m. CST)
  • Seminar 3 – Multiculturalism and Interculturality (Nov. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. CST)

All three seminars will be hosted via Zoom and you may participate in one, two or all three sessions. Registration for each session is required by 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2020 using the online form below. Once your registration is received you will be sent the individual Zoom meeting links.

Participation in these experiences will count towards our Educate and Engage Recognition Program to qualify for an Educate and Engage recognition stole to wear at commencement.


For more information, please contact Jennifer Johnson,