Grants for Global Perspectives in Education

Villa Maria Hall

Villa Maria Hall

Immaculata University announces the receipt of two major and complementary U.S. Department of Education grants of nearly $250,000 that will provide Immaculata undergraduate Education majors and graduate students focusing on K-12 education, a chance to complete a portion of their student-teaching experience at schools administered by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lima, Peru.

The grants, the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad and the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL) Program, will help launch Immaculata’s Global Perspectives in Education program.

Support from the two grants will offer students the opportunity to learn the culture, history, and language of Peru and enrich the development of the international student-teaching experience. The program team from Immaculata will recruit and train professionals from the partnering schools in Peru to serve as cooperating teachers and student supervisors. For those students not traveling to Peru, a local component of the Global Perspectives in Education program is a new service learning course that will be developed to promote cultural awareness and English as Second Language teaching proficiency gained by working with Hispanic children and parents at the IHM-operated Family Learning Center in Coatesville, PA. In addition, scholarships will be available to students participating in courses developed through the Global Perspectives in Education program.

“Immersion into a different culture cannot truly be achieved through a book or classroom-only instruction. Our goal is to enhance the global competence of future school teachers by placing them in a real-world situation to absorb the unique perspective of another society,” commented Melissa Reed, Ed. D., chair of Immaculata’s Education Division and the project director of the Global Perspectives in Education program.

The rich history of Immaculata’s involvement in South America began in 1922 when the IHM Sisters became the first North American women’s congregation to go to South America. Since that time, over nine decades, the IHM Congregation has dedicated its resources to support the educational needs of the people of Latin America regardless of economic status.

For more information on Immaculata’s Global Perspectives in Education program, please contact Leah Bustraan at or 484-323-3037.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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