Course Overview

The programme is offered in partnership with the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and the Special Education Section of the Department of Education (DE) for registered teachers of students with Autism.  The programme will develop teachers knowledge, understanding and skills in working with students with Autism.

Students may exit after year one (two modules) and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate (Special Educational Needs - Autism) NFQ Level 9.

Students completing the full programme (four modules) will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma (Special Educational Needs - Autism) NFQ Level 9.

Applications and Selections

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma (Special Educational Needs - Autism) Circular (0004/2022) is now available for download here: ‌
PG SEN - Autism Circular 2022‌‌

Please complete the Application Form contained in the Circular and email to 
All applications must be accompanied by a non-returnable administration fee of €25.
Payment must be made via our Online Payments System
See instructions below:

Under Course Info section of the payment page please do the following:

  • Enter “00000” in Student Number Field
  • Under Payment Type choose “Other”
  • Under Choose Course which the payment relates to select “Postgrad Education – Application Fees” from the dropdown menu
  • Type in €25 into the amount which you wish to pay box.

When submitting this application please ensure that you have satisfied the requirements listed below.  Incomplete entries or those not fulfilling these requirements will not be considered.

  1. Fully completed application form
  2. Teaching Council Registration Certificate or Confirmation of Registration Letter
  3. Evidence of Current Garda Vetting
  4. Completed and signed School Approval Form

For any queries, please contact the School of Education:

Closing Date for Applications: 6th May 2022

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is for registered teachers who are currently working with students with Autism or will be working with students with Autism for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary schools including Special schools and recognised Post-Primary schools. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and teaching needs of students with Autism. Potential applicants must therefore have a teaching role in relation to students with Autism.

Additional Requirements


Two Years for Postgraduate Diploma
One Year for Postgraduate Certificate

Next start date

Autumn 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

6th May 2022

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Postgraduate Diploma (Special Educational Needs - Autism)


Course code

Course Outline

Postgraduate Certificate Modules are:

  • Understanding Autism: Theoretical Perspectives and Implications for Practice
    (Core module)

  • Engaging Autistic Students: Assessment and Planning for Teaching and Learning


  • Autistic Students: Teaching Approaches

Postgraduate Diploma Modules are:

  • Understanding Autism: Theoretical Perspectives and Implications for Practice
  • Engaging Autistic Students: Assessment and Planning for Teaching and Learning
  • Autistic Students: Teaching Approaches
  • Supporting Autistic Students with reference to Emotional Regulation and Promotion of Positive Behaviour

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate level may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma level. Successful completion of two additional modules together with the necessary course work will lead to an award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Autism). The practicum is a compulsory component of both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.

Further Education

Graduates of this programme also have the option to pursue a Master of Arts (Special Educational Needs - Autism) also offered at St. Angela's College, Sligo.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This specialist qualification enhances graduates to progress in their educational setting. It enables them to effectively meet the needs of students with autism. It provides graduates with the skills necessary to affect whole school collaboration and implement inclusive practice.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Participants of the programme are provided with an opportunity to visit a school setting different from their own for one day to observe the planning and teaching of students with autism.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


All elements within each module are funded by the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills through the National Council for Special Education.

Applicants will be responsible for payment of a fee of €300 per module and will be invoiced by St. Angela’s College.

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility
Please follow instructions in our Applications section of this programme page



Find out More

Ms Bridget Dolan (Mon/Tues/Wed)
Ms Laura Whitcroft (Thurs/Fri)
Special Educational Needs Officer
School of Education
St. Angela's College, Sligo