Course Overview

The course provides a postgraduate qualification for all professionals interested in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD).

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity at St. Angela’s College, Sligo has, in recent, years developed a number of online blended-learning options at postgraduate level for all professionals interested in the areas of Special Educational Needs (SEN).  There are currently four modules to choose from in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties:

This modular blended learning course (which includes e-tivities, discussion boards and some face-to-face workshops) is offered over two years.

The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/or working with learners with special educational needs.

Please note you may only choose one module per semester.

Applications and Selections

New Students undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, please complete and submit an SEN Stand Alone Modules Application Form to the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (Education Department) at St. Angela's College.

MA New Students (Stage 2) Application Form

MA Existing Students (Stage 2) Application Form

Closing date for applications for the October 2020 modules will be May 2020.  Due to the large volume of applications in recent months, it is strongly advised to apply as soon as you have decided on your preferred option as places will be awarded on a first come basis.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


Additional Requirements

Duration

One Year, part-time (PG Certificate)
Two years, part-time (PG Diploma)

Next start date

October 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning.


Continuous assessment will apply throughout the programme.  It will combine coursework on relevant aspects of Special Educational Needs with e-tivities, discussion boards, portfolio/project-based learning, literature reviews and case studies, which will be carried out within an appropriate educational context during the academic year.  The concept of the ‘reflective practitioner’ will be a basic criterion permeating all forms of assessment.

ECTS weighting

Award

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Arts (Specific Learning Difficulties)

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

The standalone online blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops and have a credit weighting of 15 ECTS.  Modules are offered regularly over the academic year.  All modules are completed within a nine week timeframe.

Completion of two modules from the list of three modules below (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate:
•  Specific Learning Difficulties I - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
•  Specific Learning Difficulties II - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
•  Literacy

Completion of four modules from the list below (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma:
•  Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
•  Specific Learning Difficulties 2 - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
•  Literacy
•  Educational Research Methods

Please note you may only choose one module per semester.

Specific Learning Difficulties I and Literacy modules are due to commence October 2020 (with one Saturday workshop).

Specific Learning Difficulties II and Educational Research Methods modules due to commence January 2021 (with one Saturday workshop).

 

Further Education

Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion of three modules which must include the online blended learning module: Educational Research Methods.  The exit award will be a Master of Arts (Specific Learning Difficulties).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The modules attract a wide range of participants from a variety of settings, including:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Graduates who wish to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and are awaiting a place on the programme
  • Qualified teachers who are seeking full-time employment
  • Employees within the Health Service Executive who work with learners with Special Educational Needs
  • Principals, managers and Department Inspectorate
  • Employees and Managers within Early Childhood Education sector
  • Classroom assistants (including cuntóirí teanga)
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Learning Support Tutors
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Parents and Family Members involved in the care of learners with special educational needs
  • Any others involved in the training or educational needs of learners with special educational needs

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€900 (per module)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

 

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Ms Maxine Gilmartin
Administrator
Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity
Education Department
T: +353(0)71 9195552
E: mgilmartin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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