While the primary mandate for the College of Education was to prepare teachers and provide services for the K-12 school districts for the fifteen counties located on the west coast of Florida, several Caribbean and Central American countries reached out to the College of Education for assistance. As a result, several international programs were developed that were designed to enhance the learning experience of the students of the College.
The early programs in Guatemala and Honduras were the result of Dean Jean Battle’s extensive travel to other countries and the belief that we are all of one world. The “London Program,” which is the forerunner of the “British School Experience,” had its beginning, according to Dean Battle, when he met with a group of College of Education students to recruit volunteers to go to Guatemala. To those who did not want to go to Guatemala he asked, “Where would you like to go?” The students all responded, “London.” The next year, Dr. Bob Shannon escorted a group of College of Education students to London. This section provides an overview of the international programs that the College of Education has developed and cultivated over the years.