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Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education
Course Code: IET07

Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education

Entry Requirements:
  • The Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills set the criteria for entry onto the programme. 
  • This information is provided in the relevant circular issued by the Department annually see downloads and other information.


1 Year (September - May)

Fees (euro):

This course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills

Next Intake:

Application form is included in the Circular

** Now available in the downloads tab **


Closing Date 9 March 2020


Next Intake: September 2020


Programme Overview

In recent years phenomenal changes have occurred with respect to provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) within the education system in this country.  To respond to developments in the area of special educational needs and to enhance best practice in the schools, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) supports a Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education which is intended to provide a recognised Post-Graduate qualification for teachers working in the area of SEN and Learning Support in mainstream primary and post-primary schools and for teachers in special classes, special schools/units and other relevant educational settings.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education at St. Angela's College is provided by the SEN Team within the Education Department and is designed for teachers who are eligible to apply under the terms of the DES.  The programme leads to the award of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education and is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway.  The course is funded by the DES.  

Substitution will be allowed while teachers are attending the block release element of the Programme - please review the circular for further information.

The Programme will run from September 2020 until May 2021 and involves block release from school/centre for a total of 8 weeks over the academic year, 4 Saturdays of face-to-face tuition and distance learning together with supervised work in the teachers own schools/centres.  The programme also includes supported on-going study throughout the year using a variety of modes of delivery.  The programme structure comprises of four modules and a specialist study module:

  • Inclusion: Perspectives and Implications for Practice
  • Assessment, Planning and Applications
  • Curricular Issues for Special Educational Needs
  • Implications of Educational Disability
  • Specialist Study

Fifty teachers are accepted onto the programme annually.  The award is based on full attendance at course venue, continuous assessment of course-work and assessment of participant's teaching and record keeping in their own school/centre. 

Career Opportunities

This specialist qualification enhances graduates to progress in their educational setting. It enables them to effectively meet the needs of students with SEN. It provides graduates with the skills necessary to affect whole school collaboration and implement inclusive practice. It is a progression pathway to a Masters in Special Education also offered at St. Angela's College.

Downloads & Other Information

Circular 0008/2020


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

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