Quick Info

  • Florence
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education
  • : Early May 2019 - End May 2019
  • : In-State: TBD; Out-of-State: TBD
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

All undergraduate students interested in Early Childhood education and a PK-4 teaching certificate must take the following two courses prior to completing the CASE program and prior to being accepted into the Primary Plus program.  While in Florence you will take the two courses listed below for a total of six credits.  If you are interested in the CASE program or if you are preparing to apply to the CASE program in the spring of 2015, you should note that the IL 1042 and IL 1045 are courses usually taught in the fall term junior year.  If you are interested in the Primary Plus program you will need each of the following two courses prior to graduation and prior to completing your application to this teacher certification program.  Coursework eligible to 
count towards UCIS European Studies Certificate 
You will take the following two courses on this program:

 This course is an introduction to language and literacy practices for children birth through grade 4.  Includes applied theories and stages of language development, transitions from oral to written expression, family literacy, and guidelines for the selection and use of quality literature. Students MUST attend four sessions and one field trip to be held in March/April 2014 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will be set once the group is finalized in February 2014. This course is a required prerequisite for the Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program and the Primary Plus PK-4 teacher certification program.

 As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them.  This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practices of teaching young English Language Learners.  Prominent research in the field of second language acquisition will be discusses, as well as Best Instructional Practices used in the ESL classroom and the mainstream classroom. This course will give you an overview to support the effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English.  While in Florence, students will visit schools each week and observe students whose first language is not English. Students MUST attend four sessions and one field trip to be held in March/April 2014 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will be set once the group is finalized in February 2014. This course is a required prerequisite for the Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program and the Primary Plus PK-4 teacher certification program.

Graduate students interested in the program should visit and apply through the Pitt in Florence: Early Education (graduate students) page.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor Patrisha Crawford is an associate professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also serves as the associate chairperson for the Department of Instruction & Learning.  Prior to completing her doctoral work at Penn State University, she was a teacher of children in kindergarten and the primary grades.  Dr. Crawford’s teaching and scholarly work focus on the areas of early childhood and literacy education.  She has published extensively in these areas and currently co-chairs the Publications Committee for the Association for Childhood Education International.

Professor Anna Arlotta-Guerrero earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Psychology in Education.  She also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator of the CASE teacher certification program.  Her teaching and research interests include the instruction and learning of Young English language learners and early childhood education.  Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh she taught for many years in the public school system in grades PK-4.

 

Housing

You will be placed in centrally located, shared apartment that is fully furnished for your four week stay in Florence. Due to the high demand for apartments during the summer, students may be placed in apartments within a forty minute walk of campus.  Apartments include a kitchen, bathroom and television.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
TBD TBD
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
Early May 2019 End May 2019

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Other Important Dates: 

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Florence Education program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations in Florence
  • International health insurance for the dates of your program
  • Excursions to local areas of interest
  • Some class excursions

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare to Florence (~$1300)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~1000)

Please note that these prices are estimates only.  If you are planning to travel extensively and or extend your stay in Europe after the program has ended, you should plan to budget more.  Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • You do not need a passport to start the application process, but will need to begin the process of getting one as soon as possible
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Time management skills will be a very important part of this program.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • You will do a lot of walking on this program. Make sure you pack comfortable shoes!

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.