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Southern Connecticut State University

Department of Special Education and Reading presents:

International Field Study in


Guatemala Application--Special Education (PDF) - Please fill out and return to Engleman Hall 220.

The Special Education Field Study in Guatemala provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about special education in a developing country through interactions with children, teachers, and families; discussions with in-country experts; community observations; and visits to schools, residential facilities, and other agencies serving children with disabilities.  Students will examine special education policies and services with attention to availability, accessibility, assessment, professional preparation, and resources. Topics such as cultural and linguistic diversity, literacy, school attendance and completion, and successful post-school transitions will be explored. 

Participants will enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Guatemalan people, while traveling in a country of immense beauty. Known as the land of eternal spring, Guatemala offers dramatic mountains, gorgeous lakes, encompassing rainforests and 33 spectacular volcanoes.

Colorful markets, lyrical subtropical birds, majestic Mayan temples, vibrant traditional dress, the bold aroma of roasting coffee, and the ever-popular, never-forgotten yawp of the howler monkey are among the many sights, sounds, and smells that awaken the senses in Guatemala.

This study abroad experience fosters cultural understanding and the development of culturally-responsive practices for educators instructing an increasingly diverse student body, including a growing number of students who are English learners with disabilities from a variety of cultures.

COURSES (Special Education and reading)

Graduate Students:
SED 588 - International Field Studies in Special Education (6 cr.)

Undergraduate Students:
SED 488 - Global Studies in Special Education (6 cr.)

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222 or

Deposits will be returned if application is rejected by Program Director. 

For additional information and application contact:

Dr. Kara Faraclas
Department of Special Education and Reading
(203) 392-7239