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.

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 all sessions is required by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 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,

Summer 2021 Opportunity: Indonesia

Educate Global is offering an Indonesian experiential learning opportunity for Summer 2021. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant, NIU will send four students trained in TESOL methods, e.g. ESL/Bilingual Endorsement courses, and one supervising professor.


The program will take place in three different locations in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with you living in each location for one week. Using a co-teaching model (in pairs of two) and an American culture thematic context, you will deliver English language instruction to up to four classes of students (ages 10 to 17) daily, with two classes each morning and two each afternoon. 

  • Each class will offer English instruction to 20 West Sumatran students.
  • Each session will host different 40 West Sumatran students (40-morning students and 40-afternoon students).
  • Each session provides three hours of English instruction per day.
  • Each weekly location provides five days of instruction to the Indonesian students.


Airfare, local transportation in Indonesia, hotel and meals are provided in exchange for your teaching. You will share a hotel room (double occupancy) with another NIU student. Meals are provided in a restaurant setting.


Eligible students must be native or near-native, English speakers, who at the time of application are undergraduates, enrolled in one of the following College of Education initial licensure programs and have an anticipated student teaching date of spring or fall 2021:

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


The application will be posted in November 2020.