Course Overview

The course provides a Postgraduate qualification for all professionals interested in the area of Special Educational Needs (SEN).

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 SEN.  There are currently nine modules to choose from in the area of Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs:

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

Complete and submit CSENID Stand Alone Application Form 2020-2021‌ to the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (Education Department) at St. Angela's College.

Closing date for applications for the October 2020 modules will be Monday 14th September.  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 or equivalent.


Additional Requirements


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

Next start date

October 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Jan. Modules: 01/12/2020

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


Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Arts (Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs)


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.

January Modules commence on Monday 4th January 2021

Workshop (compulsory): Saturday 9th January 2021

Blended learning modules will commence on Monday 4 January 2021. They will follow the format of previous years in most aspects except in relation to the organisation of the Saturday workshop. The workshop is an important element of the modules and will still occur. However, the workshop will be delivered virtually rather than face-to-face. 

Completion of two modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules listed above (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate
Completion of four modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules listed above (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma

Please note you may only choose one module per semester.

Challenging Behaviour, Inclusion for Learning, Specific Learning Difficulties1 and Literacy modules are due to commence October 2020 (with one Saturday workshop)

Autism Spectrum Disorder, General Learning Disabilities, Numeracy, Specific Learning Ddifficulties 2, Inclusion for Learning and Educational Research Methods modules are 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 (Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs).

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
Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity
Education Department
T: +353(0)71 9195552