Program Information


Program Information
The Cambridge Schools Experience (BSE) serves two functions for students.  The BSE may serve as an internship experience for undergraduate or MAT students or the BSE may serve as a research/teacher education opportunity for graduate students.



As an internship experience, the CSE provides students with the opportunity to develop instructional strategies that are focused on differentiating instruction, integrating content areas, incorporating hands on and interactive techniques, and integrating technology.

USF faculty tutors (British version of Professor) work in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire County Schools Coordinator to place each student with a host (cooperating) teacher in an Infant (early childhood) or Primary (elementary) school over a four-week period.  Typically, students are placed in schools in pairs. In certain schools, students may be placed with job-share teachers.  In this case, students may work with one cooperating teacher on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and work with another teacher on Thursday and Friday.

During the internship experience, students follow the schedule of the cooperating teachers.  Students are expected to develop and teach lessons, attend faculty meetings, and work with the cooperating teacher(s) before and after school.  Typical school hours are 8:30am-3:00pm. The typical workday is 7:30am-4:00pm. Students also attend USF seminars. These are held in the evening or on weekends at the Bed and Breakfast.

Internship Course Enrollment (make this a sub heading for Itnernship experience)
Elementary Education majors: 6 hours of EDE 4942 for the Level II Field Experience
Early Childhood majors: 3 hours of EEC 4942/3 for Level II or Level III Experience.

MAT in Elementary Education:  may enroll in EDE 6946 and EDE 6458 (as needed in accordance with program of study).

As a research or teacher education experience, the CSE provides graduate students with the opportunity to engage in advanced study of their field within a context of international education and global outreach. Cambridgeshire Schools offer unique opportunities for graduate students to observe and examine a system of schools in which teachers are engaged in continuous professional development and all teachers are practicing differentiated instruction. The Cambridgeshire Schools also offer an opportunity to see interactive teaching and the integration of technology through Interactive White Boards. In addition, all teachers are responsible for teaching all subjects (including P.E) yet they also receive daily tea time (breaks) and daily/weekly opportunities for extensive planning and professional development.

Graduate students will develop a research proposal or a program of study for the experience. These proposals must be approved by the program coordinator or major professor. Graduate students will be hosted by one school, but the itinerary will include visits to other schools along with opportunities to interact with school and district administrators.

Graduate Course Enrollment: (make this a sub heading
Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral students in Reading or Early Childhood Education may use the British Schools Experience as a practicum or for comparative research purposes as part of their programs of study.  Students must obtain program approval for their course of study.

                          "Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -- Aristotle