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Educational Research Methods
Course Code: CSEN04
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 or a Master of Arts in Specific Learning Difficulties.

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 three modules required to progress to the MA.


Duration:

Educational Research Methods module due to commence March 2019 

Fees (euro):

€900 per module

Application Process:

 

By Application Form  

Next Intake:

March 2019

Programme Overview

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity at St. Angela’s College, Sligo has recently developed an exciting range of online blended learning modules at postgraduate level in the following specific interest areas: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 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.  All modules are completed within a nine week timeframe.

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 three modules from those listed above which must include the on-line blended learning module on Educational Research Methods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This module will focus on developing initial research knowledge and skills. The module will provide the participant with an overview of research, knowledge of data collection methods as well as an understanding of approaches to data analysis. The concept of research will be explored and consideration will be given to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods of research. The module is delivered using online 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

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585
education@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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