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  • Locations: Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The PSU Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Program and the Helen Gordon Child Development Center at PSU have drawn inspiration from the innovative early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy for many years. This study group is designed specifically for small groups of students and accompanying professors whose work at U.S. colleges and universities is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education. We view this study group and the associated 3-credit course as an opportunity to engage deeply in social-constructivist, inquiry-based education through opportunities to dialogue with the Italian educators and visit their schools. The experience in Italy emphasizes the importance of family, community, and cultural contexts in creating responsive and equitable schools. This tour is also a unique opportunity for you to interact face-to-face with faculty and students in our Early Childhood program. 
World-Renowned Schools
The experience of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia is the subject of interest, research, and exchange on the part of students, teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, and political and cultural figures from all over Italy and throughout the world. The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society. 
Study Group Program Highlights

  • Meeting and welcome lunch on the Sunday followed by a walking tour of the town.
  • Visits to the Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia
  • Presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers on the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education and the essential elements in the daily life of the schools.
  • Interweaving of theoretical talks, presentations, and analysis of projects that document experiences realized inside the schools.
  • Time at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center exploring the Primary School, Ateliers, Bookshop, Documentation, and Educational Research Center and current Exhibitions.
  • Opportunities for discussion among students and professors to share information about their own context and Reggio-related coursework at U.S. colleges and universities.

International Meeting Place
The venue for the study group is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which now encompasses an International Preschool and Primary School. As described by Carlina Rinaldi, President of Reggio Children Foundation- Loris Malaguzzi Center, “It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers. The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.”             

Tour Facilitation
Your facilitators for this tour will be Dr. Will Parnell and Dr. John Nimmo, both professors in the early childhood program at the Graduate School of Education. Will and John have a long history of engagement in the school programs in Reggio Emilia and have visited multiple times and published extensively on the ideas and practices.

Prior Preparation  
In meetings and online dialogue, students will become familiar with the history and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach so that they have a contextual framework before being immersed in the actual experience. Opportunities for dialogue among the group and with educators in Reggio Emilia will offer students many possibilities for gaining a deeper understanding of the history, challenges, strategies and accomplishments of the Municipal Infant Toddler Centers and Preschools. Required Reference: “Indications: Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia” published by Reggio Children

Education Abroad Advisor Alyse Collins
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Faculty Leader Will Parnell, Graduate School of Education
John Nimmo, Graduate School of Education
Travel Dates March 23-28, 2019 (Spring Break)
Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Special Education
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Course & Credit ECED 4/510: Reggio Emilia Study Tour (Dialogues on Early Education) - 3 credits
This course will require an investigative paper, journal narratives and a final paper.
  • Graduate students in the “Constructivism” specialization may use these credits to meet specialization requirements with advisor approval
  • Students not enrolled in our early childhood master’s program may use the credits towards an ECE Certificate of Completion

Undergraduate student? Talk to your Academic Advisor to see if the Graduate Credit or Undergraduate Credit is a better fit for you!

An optional 1-credit ECED 410/510 Reggio Emilia Inspirations online class is held each winter term at an additional cost (over 1 month) as an introduction to core ideas.
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Italian
Housing Hotel / Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
*Preference is given to Graduate students
*Preference is given to PSU students
*This program is open to members of the early childhood education community
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Previous Coursework Early Childhood Education preferred
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Interview Required
Single Occupancy (limited availability)
TBD Spring 2020
Double Occupancy
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Site visits to Education Centers
  • Conferences & Seminars with Italian Educators
  • Access to the Remidia Center, Documentation Center, and Loris Malaguzzi International Exhibits
  • 3 graduate credits: CI 510 Reggio Emilia Study Tour
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa*

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.