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  • Locations: Minneapolis, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Education Language of Instruction: English
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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St. Paul Urban Immersion | Faculty-Led Program

This faculty-led program is intended to provide Teacher Education candidates with the opportunity to learn and apply multicultural education theory/practices in real urban school settings. Participants will acquire knowledge of multicultural education theory through assigned readings, group discussions, and educational seminars led by WSU faculty and cultural consultants from the St. Paul community. This community and the accompanying school districts offer teacher candidates rich experiential learning settings in which they will both observe and interact with licensed teachers, students, and community members who differ by ethnicity, race, language, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and family structures. These observations and social interactions occur in real class settings as well as in community agencies like the Cultural Wellness Center Minneapolis and the Minnesota Humanities Center St. Paul.

Students will both experience and analyze urban learning contexts to identify educational experiences that both empower and marginalize diverse students differing by ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, language, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Classroom observations, community tours, and participation in seminars with cultural consultants and community leaders will provide these cultural learning contexts and exposure to learners' "Funds of Knowledge". Students will gain both historical and philosophical perspectives on the way that public schooling is a necessary civil right being challenged by existing levels of discrimination. This perspective will be gained through assigned readings (e.g., Williams, B. (2003). Closing the achievement gap: A vision for changing beliefs and practices), participation in cultural competency seminars, and discussions with seminar facilitators, community leaders, parents, licensed teachers, and students.

All students must have evidence of insurance that is required for all students admitted into the College of Education due to their clinical field placements in schools. Students must be able to participate in 40 hours of immersion in urban classrooms over the course of a week.

The EDFD 308 course functions as a course substitute for WSU's EDFD 460/461 and/or EDFD 462 courses required for the teaching license. This course requires intensive reading of course content, the analyses of published research, content discussions in a Professional Learning Community format, clinical placement in classrooms throughout the St. Paul Public Schools District, and professional collaborations with licensed Cooperating Teachers in said classrooms.

May 14-22, 2022

St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
EDFD 308 (3 credits)
  • Teacher Candidates formally admitted in the WSU COE Teacher Education program
Students must be accepted to the WSU College of Education.

  • Range from $2,500 - $3,100 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for 3 credit EDFD 308 course, transportation throughout the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
    The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.

Dr. Nicholas Wysocki (
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs 

  • April 8, 2022: Final Application Deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted for this program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • February 13, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   

  • April 23, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 23, 2022.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2022 05/22/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.