Custom Teacher Training Programs

The College of Professional & Global Education at San Francisco State University (SF State) has a long history of designing custom teacher training and faculty professional development programs and curricula to meet the needs of diverse groups of educators across primary, secondary and higher education.

Faculty across the University including from the Graduate College of Education, Mathematics Department, English Department, TESOL Program and the College of Professional & Global Education apply their expertise collaboratively to provide high-quality programming to international partners.

Programs are designed for groups and can be offered in person or online.

A team of teacher trainees work together on a group project
Teacher trainees hold a Brazilian flag in front of the SF State sign
International students on a bay cruise
Students work together in teams in the classroom

Areas of Expertise

TESOL teacher training class

English Teacher Training

  • English and STEM Integrated Instruction
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI)
  • English Language Development and Presentation Skills for Participants
K-12 teacher trainees holding mandarins

K-12 Teacher Training

  • Competence-Based Curriculum Design
  • Teacher Action Research in Early Childhood Education
  • Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation
  • Special Education and Universal Access for Learning
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Language Development and Presentation Skills for Participants

Past Programs

English Teacher Training Programs

English Teacher Training Program for Undergraduate Education Majors
February 2020

This custom program was designed for undergraduate education majors from Chinju National University of Education, Korea, in collaboration with faculty from SF State's Graduate College of Education. The program focused on EFL teaching methodology for primary and secondary school learners.

Program at a Glance:

  • Ten-Day Program on Campus at SF State
  • Participants: Ten Korean Undergraduate Education Majors
  • Two Public School Visits with Classroom Observations and Meetings with Teachers and Staff

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking Teaching Methodologies
  • Instructional Technology
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Academic Presentation Skills Short Course

English and STEM Integrated Instruction
January 2020

This U.S. State Department funded program was provided in partnership with FHI 360 in coordination with the Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. The program was carried in collaboration with faculty from SF State Graduate College of Education, English Department and Mathematics Department.

Program at a Glance:

  • Two-Week Program at SF State
  • Participants: 15 Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Teachers and Administrators
  • Three Public School Visits with Classroom Observations and Meetings with Teachers and Staff
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Learning, Volunteering
  • Silicon Valley Tour

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Content-Based Models of English and STEM
  • Learning Mathematics through Conversation and Debate
  • Game-Based Pedagogy
  • Advocating for Our Students as Culturally Responsive Teachers

PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program
January and February 2018

This custom program was developed for teachers from Brazil sponsored by PDPI (Programa de Desenvolvimento Profissional para Professores de Lingua Inglesa nos EUA). The program provided a robust training in English teaching methodology, classroom observations, teaching practicum experiences, service learning and advanced English language instruction. The participants benefited from substantive interaction with faculty from the SF State English Department, M.A. TESOL Program, Graduate College of Education and the College of Professional & Global Education.

Program at a Glance:

  • Six-Week Program at SF State
  • Participants: 26 Brazilian Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • Two School Visits with Observations and Meetings Teachers and Staff
  • Service Learning at the Pomeroy Center

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking Teaching Methodologies
  • Language Assessment
  • Classroom Technology
  • Workshop on Readers' Theatre
  • Advanced English Short Course for Participants

K-12 Teacher Training Programs

U.S. Primary Education Studies and Academic English Program
January 2020

Designed for graduate students from Chinju National University of Education, Korea, this program focused on U.S. primary education teaching methodology and developing participants’ academic English skills. The program was provided in collaboration with faculty from SF State’s Graduate College of Education.

Program at a Glance:

  • Ten-Day Program at SF State
  • Participants: Eight Korean in-Service Graduate Students Majoring in Education
  • Two Elementary School Visits: One Private Montessori School and One Public School; Classroom Observations and Meetings with Teachers and Staff
    • Participants Taught Lessons on Korean Culture in English

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Critical Thinking in History Lessons
  • English for Education Studies Short Course
  • Academic Lecture Listening and Discussion Short Course

Argentina Educators Training Program
October 2017

This professional development program for Argentine educators was provided in partnership with American Councils for International Education. Participants acquired new teaching methods, strategies to contribute to education research and leadership skills in K-12 education.

Program at a Glance:

  • Three-Week Program at SF State
  • Participants: 25 Argentine Primary and Secondary School Teachers and Administrators
  • Conducted in Spanish and as-Needed Professional Interpreters Provided Interpretation
  • 60 Hours of Local School Shadowing at Eight Local Schools (Public, Private and Charter) Ranging from Pre-K to High School

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Student-Centered Transversal Competences and Competence-Based Curriculum Design
  • Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation
  • Teacher Action Research in Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education and Universal Access for Learning

Contact Us

Email us at ashan@sfsu.edu to plan your training.

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