Instructor 

Lilian DurĂ¡n and Lauren Cycyk

Course Description 

Students will study the current special education system in Mexico, learn about various Mexican cultural perspectives on disability and special education, participate in Spanish language classes and cultural excursions (as a separate course), and will teach in publicly funded school programs for students with disabilities with the support of locally hired interpreters. Before departure, students will prepare lesson plans and all teaching materials necessary to implement their lesson plans in Spanish in the classrooms in Mexico. Students will write reflections on their experience, their impressions of the school programs, and how this experience will influence their practice as a future educator, speech-language pathologist, school psychologist or related professional in the U.S. Although it would be helpful, students are not required to speak Spanish to participate, as interpreters will be on site.