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Over 330 Places Available for Teachers in Special Education Development Programmes

Government invests in training for Special Education at graduate and post graduate level

Over 330 Places Available for Teachers in Special Education Development Programmes

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Further and Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced 338 graduate and post-graduate places are available in 2019/20 for special education teaching.            

The programmes at six third level institutions are available to serving Special Education Teachers, teachers in special classes and teachers in special schools.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. said: “There has traditionally been huge demand for places on these Special Education third level courses.

““I would encourage teachers already working in special education to consider these courses and the benefits they will offer in their careers.”

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “These courses are a powerful symbol of the Government living up to its commitments to invest in education for all.

 

Three programmes are available for teachers to apply. The funding for all  the programmes below is provided by the Dept of Education and Skills.

 

How do I Apply?

 

 

Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Special Education Teachers

In order to assist all schools and educational services in meeting the needs of students with special educational needs, a post-graduate diploma programme of continuing professional development will be offered to teachers in September 2019.

 

Where is the programme delivered?

  • DCU St Patricks’s Campus, Dublin 9 (115 places)
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick  (50 places)
  • NUI Galway (30 places)
  • St. Angela’s College, Sligo (50 places)
  • UCC, Cork (25 places)
  • UCD, Dublin 4 (25 places)

 

Aim and Content

The aim of the programme is to provide substantial theoretical and practical training to teachers to equip schools to develop and deliver appropriate curricula for students with special educational needs.

How are qualifications awarded and accredited?

Qualifications will be awarded, by the Colleges/Universities involved, to participants who successfully complete the programme. Participants will be assessed on the basis of full attendance at the programme venue, successful completion of selected tasks and written assignments (and examinations where relevant), supervision of their work in schools/centres and final evaluation.

How long is the course and how is it organised?

The programmes are of one academic year’s duration. Applicants should note that there will be a total of eight weeks’ release from schools/centres for attendance at the relevant programme venue and the remainder of the year will involve teaching in participants’ own educational settings.

 

Am  I Eligible?

To be eligible for the programme you must be registered with the Teaching Council and be Garda Vetted.

This programme is open to all serving teachers who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who provide Special Education Teaching in recognised Primary schools, PostPrimary schools, and other recognised Educational Services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply.

Potential applicants must have a designated teaching role in relation to students with special educational needs.

 

For full details on this programme and to download the application form click here.

 

Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This graduate certificate is intended for teachers working with Pupils with ASD in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Special Education Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Where is the programme delivered?

  • DCU Institute of Education (18 places)

 

Aim and Content

The aim of the programme is to provide substantial theoretical and practical training to teachers to equip schools to develop and deliver appropriate curricula for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Am  I Eligible?

To be eligible for the programme you must be registered with the Teaching Council and be Garda Vetted.  Candidates must also have experience working with students with ASD.

How long is the course and how is it organised?

The programme is one-year, part-time from September 2019 to June 2020, and consists of 5 modules. The course is delivered through distance learning modes, on-site learning at DCU Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus and considers teachers’ practical engagement with pupils in schools.

The programme requires that participants are released from their schools for three weeks of the academic year. The programme will include face-to-face tuition, tutorials and visits to other educational settings to observe examples of exemplary practice. The distance element of the course will include online synchronous and asynchronous engagement (course materials, online lectures and discussion fora).

 For full details on this programme and application form click here

 

 

Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

The programme will aim to develop teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills in working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, thereby, to contribute to the school’s overall capacity in this area.

Where is the programme delivered?

  • St Angela’s College, Sligo (25 places)

Aim and Content

The aim of the programme will be to develop teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills in working with students with autism spectrum disorder and, thereby, to contribute to the school’s overall capacity in this area.

Am  I Eligible?

To be eligible for the programme you must be registered with the Teaching Council and be Garda Vetted.  Candidates must also hold a post and be currently working with students with ASD.

 

How long is the course and how is it organised?

This Post-Graduate Certificate is a professional development programme which must be completed in one academic year.

The Post-Graduate Diploma is a professional development programme which must be completed within a time-frame of two years. On completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in year one, candidates who wish to complete the Post-Graduate Diploma must do so in the following academic year.

The programme will require from a minimum of eighteen days (Certificate) to thirty-seven days (Diploma) release from school over the two-year period. Attendance on at least 5 Saturdays at a central venue will be a requirement for successful applicants

 For full details on this programme and application form click here


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