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  • Locations: BelfastĀ , United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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

Program Dates: April 26 - May 13, 2018


Students in NI schoolECU students will spend concentrated time in a special school for students with special needs in Belfast, NI, for a total of eight teacher experience days. On the first day, students will receive a tour of the school, meet with the teachers, observe in classrooms, and meet individually with a student for whom their planned lessons would be appropriate. On subsequent days, students will continue to observe, learn about the school, and then plan, assess and teach three lesson to one student with a disability individually or in a small group. ECU and NI faculty will be available to oversee lesson planning, instruction, and assessment.  ECU students will have completed a similar learning segment with students in the US before embarking on this similarly structured experience.

ECU students will also be encouraged to share at least one assistive technology resource with faculty/staff in NI.  Students will also experience cultural visits in Belfast that tentatively include Solas Community Autism Program, mural/neighborhood tours, the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Titanic Quarter, St. George's Market, and the Giant's Causeway /Londonderry/Derry area. Students will also visit the Arvalee Special School and Resource Center in Omagh which is part of NI's shared education project.

Cost: $2,300

  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • airfare
  • lodging
  • excursions
  • all meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

SPED 3209 Instructional Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum

Graduate Courses:

Not available

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in residence halls at Stranmillis University.  Daily breakfasts are available at the residence halls, and all student meals are included in this program.


  • Meet faculty and students at Stranmillis University College
  • Conduct practicum work in local schools in Northern Ireland
  • Learn about differences in educational practices between Northern Ireland and the USA

Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.75 GPA
Recommendation from education faculty member
Priority consideration will be given to SPED students with limited travel experience outside of NC or the USA.

Faculty Leaders

  • Debbie Metcalf, MA.Ed, NBCT, Instructor and former Teacher-in-Residence at ECU, has visited schools in Northern Ireland in recent years, working with colleagues from DISES (Division of International Special Education for the Council of Exceptional Children),Queen's University/Stranmillis University College, and Ulster Project leaders.  Her work with the Ulster Project has spanned 25 years.  Her role on this project is to help develop and oversee the project, make contacts, set up logistics, assist with on-going research questions, assist with student selection, and assist ECU faculty in becoming project leaders.  
  • Dr. Christopher Rivera will be the lead ECU faculty instructor for the 2018 project. He will travel with us and guide the students as they complete course requirements.  Both leaders will participate in the planned activities for the students and oversee their stay in NI.  
  • Dr. Stacy Weiss, who traveled with the group in 2017, will continue to support the project with research efforts and 'lessons learned' from the pilot project logistics. She is also looking for future opportunities to develop the project.

This program is currently not accepting applications.