NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

CONTACT Andrea Higgins T: +353 91 495 136 E: 3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. DES support: The programme is supported by the DES and provides a recognised qualification for teachers working in the area of special education needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings. Programme fees are paid by the DES. 2. Expert associates: The programme is delivered by a core team supported by a cohort of associate lecturers with a range of experience and expertise. 3. Innovative teaching: 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. PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: PDip DURATION: 1 year, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 COURSE INSTANCE(S): PDE. Application is via a circular issued by the DES, usually in the previous January, which can be downloaded from the DES website. Completed forms must be submitted to: PDip in Special Educational Needs, School of Education, NUI Galway, by the closing date. FEES AND FUNDING: Fees are covered by the DES for eligible participants. GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme. Please see page 285 for further information. CLOSING DATE: The closing date for completed applications is given on the DES circular.

Special Educational Needs

Your Course This 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 the ability to be responsive to learners’ needs. 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. Career Opportunities Qualified teachers who graduate from this programme are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for positions as learning support and special education teachers in mainstream and special settings. Minimum Entry Requirements To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Further eligibility criteria are included in the DES circular. FIND OUT MORE AT: education-special-educational-needs.html

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