International Programs & Training - Student Teach in Mexico!

   At Pacific University, you have the opportunity to participate in an elementary/middle school teaching practicum in Mexico.

   In late May, participants travel to Tapalpa, located about 90 minutes south of Guadalajara. Surrounded by forests, lakes, and streams, this alpine town is a haven for artists and the surrounding countryside holds several attractions.

   During your three week stay, you'll student teach in grades 1 - 6 or in the local middle school. You will participate in other volunteer services arranged by our partner organization CITAC as well as attend weekly seminars and enjoy weekend cultural excursions.

   If you have been admitted to the College of Education for a teacher licensure program, you may use this practicum in Mexico for three weeks of your 18 week student teaching requirement.

Tapalpa: Land of many colors--un Pueblo Mágico. Watch an eight minute video featuring interviews with Pacific students from their three week trip in June 2007 to Tapalpa Mexico, where they worked in the schools of a Mexican town and gained a greater appreciation of Mexican culture.


Section Course Credit Hrs
SPAN 367 Practicum in Tapalpa, Mexico
EDUC-467G Practicum in Tapalpa, Mexico

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Pacific University Tapalpa 2010

Application Files

For More Information

Contact Person: Mike Charles, Associate Professor of Education
Phone: 503-352-1441

Contact Person: Marcus Welsh, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Program Description

   Pacific University's Teach in Mexico program is a practicum experience for pre-service and practicing teachers who are seeking a teaching experience in another culture. The goal of the program is to help teachers understand the transitions which Mexican children make in public schools, as well as to provide an opportunity for our teachers to explore their own assumptions about the culturally diverse children they could well be teaching in the future.

Course Objectives

Quotes From Students