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Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Course Code: CSEN02
Award:

Students may choose to complete just one module and will receive credits for that (15 ECTS).

Alternatively, students who complete two modules (30 ECTS) from the list of modules (see Programme Overview) may exit with an Award of Postgraduate Certificate.

Students exiting with four modules (60 ECTS) will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma while those who complete an MA year may exit with an Master of Arts in Professional Studies in SEN.

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent
Entry onto MA year requires applicants to have attained at least a H2.2 at Postgraduate Level

An entry requirement for the Masters Programme is that one must have completed the blended learning Module on Educational Research Methods as one of the four Postgraduate Diploma Modules.


Duration:

Programme Dates for 2017-2018

ASD module due to commence on 29th January 2018 – Workshop date is Saturday, 3rd February 2018.

 

Fees (euro):

€900 per module

Application Process:

By application form - Closing date for application is 15th December 2017. 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.

Next Intake:

29th January 2018

Closing Date: 2017-12-01

Programme Overview

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 ten modules to choose from:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
  • Challenging Behaviour (CB)
  • Educational Research Methods
  • General Learning Disabilities (GLDs)
  • Inclusion for Learning
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Specific Learning Difficulties 1 – Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia (SLD I)
  • Specific Learning Difficulties 11- Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/            Developmental Coordination Disorder (SLD II)

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 (Further details on the individual modules are provided at the end of this document).

These 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.

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

Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion (an honours standard) of four modules from those listed above which must include the on-line blended learning module on Educational Research Methods.

This module aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to effective teaching of learners with ASDs and the theories that consolidate the implementation of a learner-centred philosophy which employs a combined-skills approach to meeting the needs of learners with ASDs.This module is delivered using online learning components and face-to-face workshops.

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.

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 area 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

Downloads & Other Information

Programme Brochure
Semester 2 Application Form

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Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus



Contact Details

Margaret Hession
Department of Nursing & Health Studies
T: 353 71 91 35612
E: mhession@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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