The following information is also available in the Vassar College Catalogue.
Exploring Science at Vassar Farm: The Department of Education offers a one-semester program in science and environmental education at the Collins Field Station on the Vassar Farm property. Vassar students work with faculty to design and implement lessons for local Poughkeepsie elementary students. Children from second through fifth grade classrooms are invited to spend a morning at the Farm in exploration and discovery. Those interested in participating should contact Ms. Capozzoli, director of the program.
Graduate Fellowship in Education Program: The Graduate Fellowship in Education Program makes it possible for selected students who have graduated from Vassar to complete their teacher certification program. Candidates should have completed all of the certification requirements, except for Education 301 and student teaching. In return for this opportunity, the Graduate Fellows will work with the Department in a variety of activities: attendance at various state education meetings, meeting with prospective students interested in education to discuss both the profession and the education program at Vassar, and promoting the teaching profession in the community. Applications for this program are due during the first week of December.
Clifden, Ireland: Internship in Irish Primary and Secondary Schools. Vassar College, in cooperation with University College, Galway, and the schools of Clifden, offers a one-semester internship in Irish schools. Students interested in teacher certification, the theoretical study of education, or the study of cross-cultural education are assigned as interns in primary and secondary schools in Clifden. They are expected also to take a “half-tutorial’’ of study at University College, Galway, in an area such as history, English, psychology, history of art, physical science, geography, or another subject taught in the university. Those interested in applying should consult with their adviser and the Department of Education before submitting a formal application to the Office of International Programs.
Cloud Forest School, Costa Rica: A one-semester internship program that immerses students passionate about education in the Cloud Forest School, an independent K-12 bilingual school located in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Vassar students observe experienced teachers in the classroom, design and implement lessons, study Spanish, and carry out an independent research project. The school promotes child centered, progressive forms of curriculum and instruction that reflect the educational approaches we encourage our students to take here at Vassar College. Spanish language instruction is provided for Vassar students through the University of New Mexico. For more information about the program at Cloud Forest click here.
Urban (NYC) Education Semester: Vassar College, in cooperation with Venture/Bank Street, offers a one-semester program in urban education. Participants are assigned as interns in New York City public schools. In addition to the two-unit internship, students also take three courses at Bank Street College. Those interested in applying should consult with their adviser and the Department of Education before making formal application through the Office of the Dean of Studies.
Vassar College Urban Education Initiative: The Vassar College Urban Education Initiative (VCUEI) was established in 2003 by Dean of the College and Professor of Education Chris Roellke. Located in Vassar’s newly renovated historic observatory, the office oversees the education outreach programs of the college, and serves as a coordinating resource for faculty, students, and administrators who are interested in working in local and regional schools. VCUEI programs include Vassar After School Tutoring (VAST), Vassar English Language Learners Outreach Program (VELLOP), Explore College and Let's Get Ready. Click here for the VCUEI web page.