About Special Education in Ireland
The Special Education Program in Dublin, Ireland is a field-based course that allows graduate and undergraduate students to learn directly about special education in Ireland through visits to special education facilities as well as comprehensive schools with adaptations for special needs. In addition to observing classes in a variety of schools, participants will have the opportunity to talk with teachers and other educators about common interests. The Irish society has experienced major changes in recent years through its membership in the European Union as well as other influences. These changes have impacted education, and a visit to Ireland at this time will reveal a vibrant system that is actively examining its goals and practices.
During the second week in June, the Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education (IATSE) holds its annual national conference at St. Patrick's College. Teachers and other professionals from across Ireland, as well as from the UK and EU member nations will share their research and their practical experiences. Participants will be registered for the conference and will be able to participate in all conference sessions as well as meal and social events.
For more information on the Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education, go to: http://www.iatseireland.com
In addition to the planned program activities, participants will have an opportunity to experience life in another culture. While Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, it is a city on a human scale and is easy to get around on foot. The National Museum is a treasure trove of Ireland's past. It includes many fine pieces of gold jewelry from the Late Bronze Age and the famous 8th century Tara Brooch. A short walk from the museum is the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript housed in the old library of Trinity College. The Temple Bar is one of the city's oldest sections. In recent years, a number of restaurants and shops have emerged along its maze of streets. The pubs are centers of lively conversation and often are filled with the sounds of traditional Irish music.
For more information on Dublin, please visit: http://www.tourist-information-dublin.co.uk or http://www.visitdublin.com
The Special Education Program offers you the opportunity to:
Live and study in Ireland,
Travel with a small, personalized group of students who share a common interest in special education,
Broaden your understanding of education in another culture,
Help prepare you for a semester/year abroad.
Your experience on the Special Education Program will:
Integrate you into Irish society and the Irish educational system,
Make you a better student,
Expand your outlook on the world,
Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
Greatly enhance your career prospects.
On the Special Education Program you will:
Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation to the Special Education Program,
Benefit from a program of field trips and social events, organized specifically for Brockport program participants by the Program Director.
Enjoy the security of a complete package of academic and non-academic support services provided by the International Office at The College at Brockport.
Housing & Orientation
An orientation session for those registered for the program will be held in May on Brockport's campus. The meeting will provide an introduction to the organization of public education in Ireland, will clarify terminology commonly used in the system, and will present an overview of Dublin and the surrounding area.
An on-site orientation session will also be held upon arrival in Dublin. This session will be led by an Irish special educator who is also active in the IATSE professional organization.
Participants will stay at St. Patrick's College in single occupancy residence hall rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are furnished with a bed(s), linens, and towels. A dorm kitchen is available to students.
More information on the accommodations at St. Patrick's College, can be found at http://www.spd.dcu.ie.
Program fees for Summer 2013:
Undergraduate: $2,850.00 (est.)
Special Edu Ireland Sum 13 EST.pdf
Graduate: $3,081.00 (est.)
Special Edu Ireland Sum 13 Grad EST.pdf
Tuition ( 3 credit hours at the graduate or undergraduate level)
Program Acceptance Fee
Pre-deprature Orientation Materials
Round trip airfare from JFK to Dublin
Annual membership in Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education (IATSE)
Brockport Study Abroad Office Services
Transportation to and from JFK airport
Various campus specific fees** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
Please note: The cost of this program is subject to change until April 15th, 2013 depending on market conditions (airfare, etc.). This summer program is contingent upon having a sufficient number of participants enrolled in the program.
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*SUNY regulations require that participants in Overseas Academic Programs have "adequate" insurance coverage. Students whose current health insurance is not "adequate" may purchase appropriate coverage for $95.50 per month (this is the current cost and is subject to change).
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
Participants in the Brockport Special Education Program normally earn 3 credit hours, graduate or undergraduate.
Arrangements will be made for visits to special education facilities as well as comprehensive schools with inclusive programs. Wherever possible, visits will be planned to meet particular interests. In addition to classroom observations, conversations are usually possible with administrators and teaching staff.
The group will attend the annual conference of the Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education (IATSE). Ample time and opportunity will be available to mingle and exchange ideas with conference participants.
June 1, 2013: Depart New York
June 2, 2013: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
June 3, 2013: Bank Holiday in Dublin
June 4-6, 2013: School visits in Dublin and surrounding communities
June 6-8, 2013: Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education Annual Conference
June 9, 2013: Depart Dublin/Arrive in New York