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Master of Arts in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs
Course Code: IET31B

Master of Arts in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs

Entry Requirements:

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


ModuleStage 2 - both modules are core modules


  • Advanced Research Module (Core 15 ECTS)
  • Dissertation Module (Core 30 ECTS)

Students commence Stage 2 in September 2018.

Fees (euro):

Cost per module (Stage 1):                    €900

Postgraduate Certificate (Stage 1):          €1,800

Postgraduate Diploma (Stage 1):             €3,600

MA (full cost of Stage 1 and 2):               €7,000


Application Process:

By application form - initial closing date for applications is 16th May 2018. 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:

September 2018

Closing Date: 2018-05-16

Programme Overview

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (CSENID) at St. Angela’s College is involved in a range of pre-undergraduate, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as shorter professional development courses and online blended learning modules.  These include courses in special educational needs (SEN) for personnel working in educational settings who are interested in furthering their knowledge with regard to the area of SEN. 

The modules aim to:

  • enable participants to acquire a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of SEN, including theoretical and conceptual dimensions;
  • advance participants’ knowledge of key research paradigms particularly in the area of SEN;
  • equip participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to be effective in supporting the education of those with SEN and learning difficulties in various contexts;
  • encourage participants to promote evidence based practice to meet diverse needs;
  • provide a foundation to enable participants to progress to further academic study;
  • enable participants to select, organise and deploy research skills appropriately. 

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 three modules (45 ECTs) from those listed above which must include the on-line blended learning module on Educational Research Methods. 

Each module will include student contact time, directed study, independent and e-learning study giving a total participant effort of at least 300 hours for each module. Students will also be expected to participate in online discussions of course content. Dates are provided for on-campus workshops and lectures and the remainder of the modules are delivered online. Modules will normally be assessed by continuous assessment/written coursework (up to a maximum of 5,000 words/module) based on assignment, e-tivities and discussion boards, where appropriate.

Career Opportunities

This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment. It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own work practices and to link their study to their working environment.

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

Application Form
MA Programme - Stage 2 only Application Form


Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585

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