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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Global/Unique Student Teaching Opportunities

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Set yourself apart, expand your horizons and your lived experience.

The Office of Field and International Experience has partnerships with the Aldine, Texas school district as well as with a English immersion school in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Teacher candidates have the opportunity to apply to student teach in either of these locations.


The Costa Rica experience:
  • Five to six weeks of student teaching in an English immersion school in San Jose
  • Candidates student teach in August/September or March/April
  • A full week of Spanish language lessons as well as additional lessons throughout the experience
  • A service-learning component in Quepos and Manuel Antonio
  • Final costs are based on the number of participants and placement locations
  • Scholarships are available for qualified and accepted participants
The Aldine, Texas experience:
  • Candidates spend their entire semester in the Adline Independent School District; a large, diverse, urban school district in Houston, Texas
  • Students pay for rent ($300 - $500 based on number of roommates), utilities, gas, tolls, internet, and provide their own transportation to and from Aldine
  • Information about the Aldine School District
Selection Criteria:
  • Selection is based on academic and field experience, written narrative and interview
  • Recommendations from program faculty


Interested in learning more? 
Contact Elizabeth Finsness at
Office of Field and International Experience
119 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001