Global study, both here in the U.S. and abroad, is an integral part of the educational experience offered at Gettysburg College. Although students enrolled in the Teacher Education program have numerous on campus curricular obligations to meet in order to become certified to teach, global study is something the Education Department strongly encourages and hopes to put in reach for all students. To this end the Department has established an agreement with the DIS - Study Abroad in Copenhagen to enable students to substitute coursework taken there for some certification requirements (typically DIS coursework is substituted for Education 340). Students may also choose to explore global study opportunities through their major or through other programs; while it may be difficult to replace certification requirements with global study courses, it is often possible to substitute courses taken through an CGE program for other curricular requirements. Students interested in global study should consult with an Education Advisor and make an appointment with the Center for Global Education (CGE) office as well.
Students are strongly encouraged to become active members of the Gettysburg community during their time at the College. Many courses offered in the department are connected to service learning field experiences but students are also able to explore such opportunities outside of class as well. The Education Department partners with several community organizations in Gettysburg to provide these opportunities and the department also works closely with the Center for Public Service (CPS) to ensure that students become engaged in community life as much as possible. In 2012, Dr. Kaoru Miyazawa was recognized for her commitment to service learning when she was awarded the first-ever Faculty Award for Community-Based Engagement, signaling, once again, the department's commitment to expanding learning opportunities not only for students here at the College but for members of the larger Gettysburg community as well. For more information on service learning opportunities, talk to your advisor or visit the website of the Center for Public Service.