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NMSU College of Education offering Study Tour to China

The New Mexico State University College of Education, in coordination with Beijing Normal University in China, is offering an Early Childhood Education Study Tour June 14-28.

"This is an opportunity for students and practitioners in New Mexico to go out into the international community and make connections. We need to serve our students from a global perspective," said Candace Kaye, an NMSU early childhood graduate faculty member who is coordinating the trip. "BNU is one of the most prestigious institutions for teacher education in China, with a particular strength in early childhood education."

Students, professionals and community members throughout the state interested in the tour who commit to participating by March 30 will pay $2,800 for travel and housing on the BNU campus. After this priority date, travel expenses increase to $3,000. Participants also will be required to register for a companion online study course in NMSU's first summer session. The course is available at the undergraduate or graduate level and participants can register for 1 to 3 credits. Kaye said the online study is an opportunity for early childhood practitioners to participate in professional development with an international perspective.

Topics to be discussed on the tour include an overview of contemporary Chinese early childhood education and its history; social and economic implications of early childhood education; school readiness; and comparisons with U.S. systems. The study tour will include visits to early childhood classrooms and teacher education programs in Beijing.

Lectures and discussions will be led by BNU faculty, including Li Jiayong, vice dean of the BNU School of Education and an international leader in cross cultural perspectives. Jiayong will be a guest lecturer at NMSU later this year. Other BNU faculty participating in the cultural exchange are Liu Yaun, chair of the early childhood education department, and Pan Yuejuan, an early childhood assistant professor.

"Participation in the tour will be an opportunity for students to broaden their cultural experiences and knowledge," Kaye said. "This tour can give early childhood students and practitioners a new viewpoint that will allow them to reflect on the field from an international perspective."

Kaye said the tour is a direct result of an agreement signed by NMSU and BNU in October and finalized in December by NMSU's Dean of Education Robert Moulton to build long-term collaboration between the two universities.

The tour is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to educate and improve the lives of New Mexicans.

For more information on the tour, contact Kaye at (505) 646-8310 or kaye@nmsu.edu.