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Literacy
Course Code: CSEN07
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 four Post-Graduate Diploma Modules.


Duration:

One module per semester

 

Fees (euro):

€900 per module.

Application Process:

By application form - closing date for receipt of applications is 17th May 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:

Literacy is due to commence on 2nd October 2017 – workshop date is Saturday, 7th October 2017.

Closing Date: 2017-05-17

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

Literacy has been highlighted as a priority in the Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020 (DES, 2011).  St Angela’s College has responded to this strategy through the development of a module on Literacy. This module will focus on developing an in-depth understanding of the concept of literacy. It will provide the participant with an overview of literacy, focusing in particular on the areas of reading and writing. It will also enable the participant to develop an understanding and knowledge of assessment procedures with regard to literacy and to critically appraise strategies and approaches to developing literacy.

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 1 Application Form

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Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus



Contact Details

Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity
Education Department,
St. Angela's College,
Lough Gill,
Co. Sligo.
Tel. 353 71 9195550/ 353 71 9195552
Email:education@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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