Programme Director Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education

Programme Director Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education


PhD, MA (Education), MSc in Applied Psychology, B.Ed.,
Grad Dip in Remedial Education, Cert in Training and Facilitation, MBPsS


Ann Marie Casserly is a lecturer in Special Education and researcher in CSENID. She is a graduate of Queens University Belfast with a PhD in Education, a MA (Education) from St. Angela’s College/University of Wales, MSc in Applied Psychology from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and also a B.Ed in primary teaching from DCU, formally St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Remedial Education (MIC, Limerick) and a Cert in Training and Facilitation (St. Angela’s College-NUIG). Previously, Ann Marie worked as a primary teacher and Co-ordinator of the Post Graduate Diploma in Learning Support from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She is currently Programme Director of the DES funded Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Other teaching and co-ordination roles include Module Leader SLD 1 and SLD 2 for Professional Studies in SEN, Coordinator of PGSE Special School Visits/PGSE Placements, Co-ordinator of Annual Principals’ Seminar, Tutor on School Placement (PME) and Practicum [PGSE, PGSEN (ASD)], Lecturing on the PGSEN (ASD), PGSE, PSSEN, MA SEN, MASEN-ASD, MA SLD, MA (Generic Programme), BA-PME programmes, Supervisor of MA SEN-ASD, MA SEN, MA PSSEN, MA SLD, MA dissertations. She is also currently involved in the academic and professional accreditation of initial teacher education programmes. She has engaged in extensive research and secured research funding from NCSE, DES, SCoTENS, Merici Funding, etc. She has published more than 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. 


Ann Marie’s research interests include dyslexia, ADHD, SEBD, SNA training, early number, multi-classes and SEN, Co-teaching, Models of Special Education Provision, well-being, addiction.

 

Corscadden, P. and Casserly, A.M. (2021) Social Acceptance of Autism Traits and Masking in Girls with Autism. Submitted to REACH Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland.

Casserly, A.M. (2021) An Investigation into the association between the Addictive use of Social media/networking and Anxiety in Under-graduate Students. Submitted to Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies.

Tiernan, B., McDonagh, D. and Casserly, A.M. (2020) Supporting Student with Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Disorder in Irish Post-Primary Schools: Replacing Care Support with Teaching Provision, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2020.1716514.

Casserly, A.M. (2020) An Investigation into the association between the Addictive Use of Social Media/Networking, Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) and Anxiety in Undergraduate-students. Unpublished Thesis.

Casserly, A. M., Tiernan, B. and Maguire, G. (2019) Primary Teachers Perceptions of Multi grade Classroom Grouping Practices to support Inclusive Education.  European Journal of Special Needs Education.  DOI:10.1080/08856257.2019.1580835.

Tiernan, B., Casserly, A.M. and Maguire, G. (2018) Towards Inclusive Education: Instructional Practices to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs in Multi-grade Settings. International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2018.1483438.

Kerins, P., Casserly, A. M., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. and Tiernan, B. (2018) The professional development needs of special needs assistants in Irish post-primary schools. European Journal of Special Needs Education.  DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2017.1297572.

Casserly, A.M. and Padden, A. (2018) Exploring Primary Teachers Views of Co-teaching for Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Multi-grade Classrooms. REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 31(2), pp.129-140.

Tiernan, B. and Casserly, A.M. (2018) The Impact and the Implications of Policy regarding the Organisation of Support for Pupils with Dyslexia in Irish Primary Mainstream Schools. Irish Educational Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2017.1421089.

Casserly, A.M. and Padden, A. (2017) Teachers views of co-teaching approaches in addressing pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in multi-grade classrooms. European Journal of Special Needs Education. DO1: 10.1080/08856257.2017.1386315.

Beck, G. J., Hazzard, D., McPhillips, T., Tiernan, B. and Casserly, A.M. (2017) Dyslexia policy and practice: cross-professional and parental perspectives on the Northern Ireland context. British Journal of Special Education, DO1:10.1111/1467 8578.12172.

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McDonagh, and Deacy, E. (2015-2018) A Review of a DES Altered Provision Project (APP). NCSE

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B. and Macguire G. (2017) Meeting the Needs of Children with SEN in multi-grade classrooms. SCoTENS Funded Research.

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McPhillips, T., Beck, G. and Hazzard, D. (August 2015) Dyslexia in Ireland, North and South: Perspectives on developments since publication of the Dyslexia Reports (2002). Report on research conducted 2013-2015 commissioned by the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South. SCoTENS.

Casserly, A. M., Tiernan, B. and Moffett, P. (2015) REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 29(1). Key Vocabulary and Supporting Strategies for Early Number Concepts.

Casserly, A. M. and Gildea, A. (2015) A review of a Special Class Placement for Children with Dyslexia. European Journal of Special Needs Education. Published online 24 February 2015.

Casserly, A.M., Moffett, P and Tiernan, B. (2014) Early Number Concepts: Key Vocabulary and Suppprting Strategies. SCoTENS.

Casserly, A.M., Moffett, P. and Tiernan, B. (2014) Number Talk. Belfast.

Casserly, A. (2013) The socio- emotional needs of children with dyslexia in different educational settings in Ireland. Journal of Research for Special Educational Needs, 13 (1), pp. 79-91.

(2013- 2015) SCoTENS Funding - Dyslexia in Ireland: Views regarding the provision for pupils with dyslexia since the publication of the Task Force Reports, North and South (2002). Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McPhillips.

(2013-2015) Investigating the training needs of Special Needs Assistants in the Border, Midland and Western Region. Kerins, P., Casserly, A. M., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. and Tiernan, B. (2018)

Casserly, A.M. and Henry, A. (2014) Discourses on Inclusion within an Irish Post- Primary School.

Casserly, A.M. (2011) Phonemic Awareness and Phonics-What does research tell us about these skills and their contribution to teaching reading to children with/without reading difficulties? Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times. Reading Association of Ireland.

Casserly, A.M. (2011) The Continuum of Education provided to meet the needs of children with Dyslexia in Ireland.  What are Children's Views? Support for Learning, 26(1), pp.17-24.

Casserly, A.M. (2010) Children with Dyslexia: Their Experiences of Different Types of Special Education Provision.  Literacy in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Challenges and Transformations.  Reading Association of Ireland.

NCSE 2007-2009 A Phenomenological Case Study Exploring Different Perspectives on Inclusion within one Post-Primary School in the NW of Ireland. Casserly, A.M., Henry, A.M.

Department of Education and Science 2008-To date Impact Study of Programmes in Special Educational Needs and Learning Support.

DES/SESS/DENI- 2005-2006 Special Education Needs Cross Border Professional Exchange Programme under PEACE II- Dyslexia.

Casserly, A. M. (2003) Identifying Dyslexia. Intouch 50.  Dublin: Irish National Teachers' Organisation.

Doctoral Study -Queens University Belfast. (2005-2009) Children with Dyslexia - Their Experiences in Specialised Dyslexic and Mainstream Settings.


Casserly, A. M., McDonagh, D. and Tiernan, B. (2020) Co-teaching - An Inclusive Approach to Supporting Students with EBD. Opening Up Education: Options, Obstacles and Opportunities September 2020 | Institute of Education, Dublin City University.

McDonagh, D., Casserly, A.M. and Tiernan, B. (2020) Including Students with Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Disorder (EBD) - An Alternative Model. Closing the Research to Practice Gap, ISEC 2020: London.

Casserly, A.M. (2019) Invitation from Family Resource Centre, Sligo to speak in Sligo Education Centre on Supporting your Child with Dyslexia. May 2019.

McDonagh, D., Casserly, A.M. and Tiernan, B. (2019)   The Value of Co-Teaching in Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. ECER 2019 Hamburg - European Conference on Educational Research.

Casserly, A. M., McDonagh, D and Tiernan, B. (2019) Supporting Students with Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Disorder in Second Level Schools. Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference 11,12,13 April 2019.

Tiernan, B., Casserly, A.M. and McDonagh, D. (2018) Supporting Students with Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Disorder (EBD) In Second Level Schools in Ireland: Implications for Literacy. LAI 42nd International Conference, November 9th & 10th 2018, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B. and McDonagh, D. (2018) Inclusive School Practice for Students with Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Disorder (EBD), ECER 2018 Bolzano - The European Conference on Educational Research.

Casserly, A. M. and Tiernan, B. (2018) Examining Teachers’ Practice in the Inclusion of Children with Special Educational Needs in Multi-grade Classrooms in Primary Schools. ESAI UCD. April 2018: Values and Purpose in Education.

Casserly, A. M., Tiernan, B.  and Macguire, G. (2017) Ideas That Work: Inspiring creativity, innovation and collaboration. Innovative Practice: Examining Teachers Practice in the Inclusion of Children with Special Educational Needs in Multi-grade Classrooms in Primary Schools. IATSE (26-27th May 2017). Marino Institute of Education, Marino, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A.  M. and Tiernan, B. (2016) Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers. Inclusive Education: The Organisation of Support for Pupils with Dyslexia in Irish Primary Schools. The European Conference on Educational Research. (23 - 26 August 2016) ECER 2016 Dublin.

Casserly, A.M. and Tiernan, B. (2016) Voices from the Classroom: Inclusion, Special Education or Inclusive Special Education? The Impact of Policy regarding the organisation of support for pupils with dyslexia in Irish Primary Schools. IATSE DCU Institute of Education. Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M. and Tiernan, B. (2016) Education as a Public Good. The impact of policy regarding the organisation of support for pupils with dyslexia in Irish primary schools. Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) (31st March -2nd April 2016). National University of Ireland, Galway.

Casserly, A.M., Moffett, P. and Tiernan, B. ECERA 25th Conference Barcelona, September 7-10th 2015.  Early Number Concepts: Key Vocabulary and Supporting Strategies.

McPhillips, T., Hazzard, D. Beck, G. Casserly, A. M.  and Tiernan, B. (2015). Literacy Association of Ireland 39th International Conference. Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.   Living Literacy: From Tots to Teens. Dyslexia in Ireland, North and South: Perspectives on developments since publication of the Dyslexia Reports (2002).

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McPhillips, T, Beck, G. and Hazzard, D. (July 2015) Dyslexia in Ireland. A review of current provision of support since the publication of the Task Force Reports North and South. UKLA 51st International Conference Nottingham.

Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McPhillips, T, Beck, G. and Hazzard, D. IATSE (June 2015) Provision for Pupils with Dyslexia: How Provision can impact on Pupils' Wellbeing: Our School Community: Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing. DAI (April 2015) Dyslexia in Ireland: A review of current provision of support since the publication of the Task Force Reports, North and South (2002). Casserly, A.M., Tiernan, B., McPhillips, T, Beck, G. and Hazzard, D.

Kerins, P., Casserly, A. M., Deacy, E., Harvey, D., McDonagh, D. and Tiernan, B ESAI Conference (9th-11th April 2015) Training Needs of Special Needs Assistants: Policy and Practice in a time of Transition. Maynooth: Carton House.

Casserly, A.M., Moffett, P. and Tiernan, B (2014) British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) (April 2014) Building Bridges- Making Connections. Early Number Concepts: Key Vocabulary and Supporting Strategies. Nottingham.

Casserly, A. M. (2014) Carrick on Shannon Education Centre (2014) Presentation to Teachers on Number Talk.

Casserly, A. M.  and Tiernan, B. IATSE (June 2014) Relationships- Learning Together. Early Number Concepts: Key Vocabulary and Supporting Strategies. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Casserly, A. M.  (2013) School of Education PhD Research Student Conference (2013) Keynote Address Ethics in Intellectual Disabilities Research. UK: University of Northampton.

Casserly, A. M.  IATSE (June 2012) Approaches for Pupils experiencing Behaviours related to AD/HD. Exploring Behaviours that Challenge. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  Sligo Education Centre (2011) An overview of oral language and reading with practical strategies which can be used in the classroom. Sligo Education Centre, Ballinode, Sligo.

Casserly, A. M.  St. Angela's College (2011) Launch of the Centre for SEN, Inclusion and Diversity. A Phenomenological Case Study Exploring Different Perspectives on Inclusion within one Post-Primary School in the NW of Ireland. (Report Authors: Dr Ann-Marie Casserly, Dr Ann Henry, Ms Monica Coady & Dr Harriette Marshall).

Casserly, A. M.  IATSE (June 2011) Inclusive Schools for Pupils experiencing Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  RAI (30 September-2 October 2010) 'Promoting Effective Language and Literacy Instruction in 21st Century Classrooms'. Recent Research Findings about Teaching Reading to Children with/without Reading Difficulties. Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

Casserly, A. M.  ILSA (17-18 September 2010) 'Enhancing Teaching and Learning' . The Voice of Children, Parents and Teachers in helping Schools enhance the teaching and learning environment for children with dyslexia. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  ISEC 2010 Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress-Promoting Diversity and Inclusive Practice, 2-5 August 2010 The Continuum of Education provided to meet the needs of Children with Dyslexia in Ireland. What are Children’s Views? Presentation and Poster Presentation. Queens University Belfast.

Casserly, A. M.  IATSE (June 2010) Reading -How Quality Interventions Can Ensure Success for Every Child. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  IATSE (10-12 June 2010) Specialist and Mainstream Primary Schools-How the responses of Children with Dyslexia can help schools provide quality education to meet their needs. St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  QUB/UCD Doctoral Conference (2009) Children with Dyslexia-Their Experiences in Specialised Dyslexic and Mainstream Settings. UCD.

Casserly, A. M.  Research Forum for the Child, Queens University Belfast (2009) The Child: Postgraduate Research Conference. Children with Dyslexia- Their Experiences in Specialised Dyslexic and Mainstream Settings. Queens University Belfast.

Casserly, A. M.  RAI Dublin (2009) Literacy in the 21st Century. Perspectives, Challenges and Transformations. RAI 33rd Annual Conference. Children with Dyslexia: Their Experiences of different types of Special Education Provision. St. Patricks College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Casserly, A. M.  Cross border Dyslexia (February 2006) Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly Practice. Monaghan Education Centre.

Casserly, A. M.  St. Angela's College, (September 2005) Teaching Students with Dyslexia at Third Level.

 

  • External Examiner MASEN (DCU) (2019-2023)
  • Doctoral Viva External Examiner  for DCU, UL, MIC in 2020
  • Founder member of the British Journal of Special Education Editorial Board
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member and International Advisory Board Member of NASEN's Academic Journals - British Journal of Special Education, JORSEN and Support for Learning, Reviewer
  • Reviewer for Teaching and Teaching Education, Irish Educational Studies, International Journal of Inclusive Education
  • Invited Guest Reviewer European Journal of Special Needs Education 2019
  • HRB Reviewer
  • Academic expert for New Programmes for new Special Purpose Awards IT Carlow 2020
  • Member of Research and Ethics Advisory Committee-St. Angela's College, Sligo
  • External Expert for MA SEN Accreditation Process for CICE
  • External Expert for Graduate Diploma in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs for CICE/DCU
  • Interview Panel UL
  • Work with Sligo Leader, Sligo Resource Centre and Sligo Education Centre in relation to the area of Dyslexia over the Academic year 2015-16, 2018-19.

 

Professional Memberships

  • Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education
  • Reading Association of Ireland
  • Educational Studies Association of Ireland
  • British Psychology Society