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Western European Philosophies of Education

Explore the different theoretical and practical approaches to schooling across international boundaries and the way these differences are informed by philosophical and cultural ideals.

Program Overview

This program provides students with the opportunity to observe and interact with schools in international contexts. Students will read and discuss philosophers of education from the host countries (England, France, and Germany) and will spend time observing classrooms and interacting with students and teachers from schools in those countries. In addition, students will interact with the local cultures and engage in informal conversations with future teachers from colleges in those cultures.

  • Sponsoring Department: Education
  • Program Leader(s): Dr. Mark Jonas
  • Term: Summer 2019
  • Program Dates: May 24 - June 14, 2019
  • Estimated Cost: $3,260.00 (airfare not included) 
  • Prerequisites: EDUC 135, 136, 225, 225L, and admission to WheTEP or Department approval. 
  • Eligibility: Open to both Wheaton education majors and non-education majors as space permits. Priority will be given to education majors made up of students who (a) will take the course as a graduation requirement in lieu of EDUC 497-Philosophy of Education, or (b) will take the course immediately following graduation as a "special student" for a stand-alone study abroad program. If there are spaces available after the education majors apply, non-education majors will be considered.
  • Highlights: This is an opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of overseas teaching in England, France and Germany - both the challenges and opportunities it offers!

Course Offerings

Students earn 3 credit hours.

EDU 490/590: Western European Philosophies of Education/Philosophical Foundations of Education in Western Europe (3 credit hours)
The course examines Western European philosophies of education in the contexts in which they were written. Emphasis is on the ways educational philosophies shape classroom practice in European schools and on a comparison of philosophical ideas in education. This study is meant to support the development of the student’s own personal philosophy of education.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee includes tuition for three credit hours, overseas lodging, meals, local group ground transportation, and excursions.

Program fees do not include the cost of airfare to/from Europe.

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the Western European Philosophies of Education program, contact Dr. Mark Jonas, Associate Professor of Education, for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.