The application process for the 2021–22 Postgraduate Diploma in SEN is now open. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 11th March, 2021. Please see further information at Applications and Selection below.

Course Overview

The programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special needs and learning difficulties, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the education of those with special needs and learning difficulties in various contexts. In doing so, the programme also aims to provide enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences and be responsive to learners’ needs.

The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and provides a recognised qualification for teachers working in the area of special educational needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings. Programme fees are paid by the DES. The programme is delivered by a core team supported by a cohort of associate lecturers with a range of experience and expertise.

 

Applications and Selections

  • The application process for the 2021–22 Postgraduate Diploma in SEN is now open. The closing date for receipt of completed application is 11th March, 2021. 
  • Click on this link to the DES website. Click on circular 0009/2021 titled “Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Special Education Teachers, 2021/2022”. Please read the information carefully. Importantly, the application forms are available at the end of the document.
  • You need to download the application form for your school sector: primary and special schools or post-primary schools and complete it. You must attach confirmation of your registration which can be downloaded from the Teaching Council website. A renewal of payment slip will not suffice.
  • Completed application forms must be emailed to eimear.griffin@nuigalway.ie on or before the closing date 11th March, 2021.
  • Postal applications to NUI Galway will not be accepted due to public health concerns.
  • Please note that you must be a qualified teacher, registered with the Teaching Council, and working as a Special Education Teacher (SET) to be eligible to participate in the programme. This is not an initial teacher education programme.

 

Who Teaches this Course

  • Andrea Higgins, Course Director
  • Michael Lally
  • Cohort of associate lecturers
 

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through coursework assignments undertaken during the year and is linked to teachers’ developing practice.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Further eligibility criteria for 2021–22 will be included in the DES circular that is expected to issue on the DES website in Jan/Feb 2021.


Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30

Closing Date

The closing date for completed applications to the programme is given on the DES circular.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

Course code

PDE

Course Outline

The programme consists of five modules:

  • Inclusion: Perspectives and Implications for Practice
  • Assessment, Planning and Applications
  • Curricular Issues for Special Educational Needs
  • Implications of Educational Disability
  • Specialist Study.

The programme involves release from schools/centres for designated block periods of a total of eight weeks over the academic year, with substitute cover provided. In addition, some lectures and workshops take place on Saturdays. The programme also includes supervised work in teachers’ own schools/centres and a four-day placement in a special setting other than their own.

Key to the programme are inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, which are discussed and demonstrated. Teachers are supported in implementing such approaches in their schools. Participants are encouraged to engage with the programme, and emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to become effective, reflective practitioners in the field of special educational needs.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates are recognised by the DES for positions as learning support and special education teachers in mainstream and special settings.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Fees are covered by the DES for eligible participants.

Find out More

Ms Andrea Higgins
T: +353 91 495 136
E: andrea.higgins@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/education

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Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)