Course Overview

The programme is offered in partnership with the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for registered teachers of students with ASD.  The programme will develop teachers knowledge, understanding and skills in working with students with ASD.

Students may exit after year one (two modules) and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorders) NFQ Level 9.

Students completing the full programme (four modules) will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorders) NFQ Level 9.

Applications and Selections

An Application Form is contained within Circular 0029/2020 for completion by eligible teachers interested in participating in the programme.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is for registered teachers who are currently working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or will be working with students with ASD for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary schools including Special schools and recognised Post-Primary schools. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and teaching needs of students with ASD. Potential applicants must therefore have a teaching role in relation to students with ASD.


Additional Requirements

Duration

Two Years for Postgraduate Diploma
One Year for Postgraduate Certificate

Next start date

Autumn 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25

Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning.

ECTS weighting

Award

Postgraduate Diploma (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Disorders)

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

Postgraduate Certificate Modules are:

•  Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (Core module)
•  Assessment, Planning and Curricular Access
   or 
   Teaching Approaches

Postgraduate Diploma Modules are:

•  Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
•  Assessment, Planning and Curricular Access
•  Teaching Approaches
•  Self-Management and Behaviour

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate level may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma level. Successful completion of two additional modules together with the necessary course work will lead to an award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (ASD). The practicum is a compulsory component of both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.

Further Education

Graduates of this programme also have the option to pursue a Master of Arts (Special Educational Needs - Autism Spectrum Didorders) also offered at St. Angela's College, Sligo.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This specialist qualification enhances graduates to progress in their educational setting. It enables them to effectively meet the needs of students with autism. It provides graduates with the skills necessary to affect whole school collaboration and implement inclusive practice.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Participants of the programme are provided with an opportunity to visit a school setting different from their own for one day to observe the planning and teaching of students with autism.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

 

All elements within each module are funded by the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills through the National Council for Special Education.

Applicants will be responsible for payment of a fee of €300 per module and will be invoiced by St. Angela’s College.

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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