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*WCU in the Bahamas: Student Teaching Experience
Eleuthera, Bahamas (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/16/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
GPA:
3.2
Housing Options:
Apartment Max Credits Offered: 6
Program Type: WCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
No Faculty/Staff Director: Claire Verden
College: Education
Program Description:
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Accepted students will complete the special education portion of their student teaching practicum on the impoverished island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. This is a remote island with limited resources, school materials are scarce and the services for children with disabilities are slow to develop. This opportunity calls for maximum flexibility, resourcefulness and cultural sensitivity. WCU students will be culturally immersed into the community living in local communities and student teaching at one of three local schools supporting children with varying disabilities.

LOCATION
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
 
ACCOMMODATION
All participants will stay in a shared rented house arranged by WCU but paid for by the participants.
 
LANGUAGE
English. Creole is spoken by a large number of people on the island but previous Creole knowledge is not required for participation.
 
COURSES
All students participating on this program will earn credit for EDA 416/417 - Student Teaching for 6 credits. 
 
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Student teachers will walk to all locations that they need to access. There is no public transportation. Weekly student teaching seminars will be held online with university supervisor.
 
PROGRAM COSTS 
In addition to WCU's regular tuition rates for the credit hours completed as part of this program, students will pay WCU a $250 program fee and will be charged the $100 WCU Study Abroad application fee through WCU's Bursar office. Students will also be responsible for covering the additional costs related to the program including round-trip airfare (approximately $700), WCU's mandatory international health insurance (approximately $100), housing accommodations (rent is estimated around $1,000 for 8 weeks), and day-to-day expenses such as groceries and incidentals (estimated around $500).  
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Claire Verden
cverden@wcupa.edu
610-738-0514