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Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Course Code: IET30

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs (SEN) Level 9

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent


Standalone modules - one per semester. Next intake January 2019

Fees (euro):

€900 per module

Application Process:

By application form 

Closing Date for January 2019 modules is 7 DECEMBER 2018

Next Intake:

Programme Dates for 2018-2019

Commencing October 2018: SLD1, Inclusion for Learning, Literacy, Challenging Behaviour                                                          

Commencing January 2019: SLD2, GLD, ASD, Numeracy

Commencing March 2019: Educational Research Methods   




Programme Overview

The programme provides a post-graduate qualification for all professionals interested in the area of SEN.

A modular blended learning programme (which includes e-tivities, discussion boards and some face-to-face workshops) offered over two years.

Postgraduate Certificate students must complete two modules from those listed below. Postgraduate Diploma students must complete four from those listed below.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Educational Research Methods
  • General Learning Difficulties;
  • Inclusion for learning
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Specific Learning Difficulties I (Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia);
  • Specific Learning Difficulties II (Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder;

Research methods are critical to successful study at MA level and will incorporate problem-solving activities, action research in professional contexts and the opportunity to link theory and practice in general and in terms of the execution of coursework. Participants accepted onto the Masters stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within their chosen pathway.  They will also be looking forward to choosing the area of study for their MA dissertation and beginning to reflect on possible research methodologies for their dissertation.

The Advanced Research and Dissertation Module (45 ECTS) will provide students with the opportunity to make and implement informed choices regarding professionally relevant areas of research for their dissertation and to do this with the guidance and support of tutors and peers. Lectures take place at weekends between September - December and students use the remainder of the year to carry out research and draft material for their MA Dissertation.

The final dissertation will be a maximum of 20,000 words and the topic chosen by the participant must be related to the specific pathway chosen by the participant.

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

This course attracts 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

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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