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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M2009 ECS2
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009 ECS2
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at learners who are interested in the special needs area of early years care and education. Learners will be provided with the basic practical skills and underpinning knowledge, including Solta and Aistear, to fulfil the role of Special Needs Assistant in schools, crches, playgroups etc.

The course also fosters communication and interpersonal skills with adults and children. Work Experience within a variety of Early Childhood Care and Education situations forms an integral part of the course.

What will you Study?

Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Child Development 5N1764
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Understanding Special Needs 5N1709
Infant and Toddler Years 5N1779
Word Processing 5N1358
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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DCHSC 5M2009

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