Dr. Deb L. Marciano, Associate Professor of ECSE, spearheaded the program development, through funding from the COEHS and the Center for International Programs. After interviewing five program institutes and meeting with two Italian mayors, (Aosta and Marano sul Panaro), Dr. Marciano worked with Interim Dean, Brian Gerber, Mimi McGahee (Academic Advising Director for COEHS), and Irina McClellan (Associate Director of the Center for International Programs) examining the certification requirements for ECSE teacher candidates to enhance intercultural educational experiences. The special topics in early childhood education course will provide VSU students with graduate credit and experiences in comparing techniques they have observed in Georgia schools with more child-centered approaches, including visits to Reggio Emilia programs. There will be opportunities to conduct mini-lessons with a variety of Italian learners and to visit the Reggio Emilia Malaguzzi Center.The program will take participants to: Aosta, Venice Mestre, Venice, Modena, Marano sul Panaro, Reggio Emilia, Florence, Siena, Rome, and Pompeii.
Scholarships will be offered by COEHS. Additional funding opportunities may also available.For more information, contact Dr. Marciano: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please write ITALY in the subject heading) or visit the Study Abroad web site.