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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties
Course Code: IET41
Award:

Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties

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.


Duration:

Applications now being accepted for Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma and MA stages.

SLD1 and Literacy modules due to commence in October 2017 (with one Saturday workshop in October).

SLDII and Ed Research Methods doe to commence in January 2018 (with Saturday workshop in January).

Fees (euro):

Course Costs:

Cost per module (Year 1): €900

Postgraduate Certificate: €1,800

Postgraduate Diploma: €3,600

MA (all modules over three years): €7,900



Application Process:

By application form - Closing date for 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:

 

Commencing October 2017: SLD 1 or Literacy

Closing Date: 2017-05-17

Programme Overview

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

 

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity at St. Angela’s College, Sligo has, in recent, years developed a number of online blended-learning options at postgraduate level for all professionals interested in the areas of Special Educational Needs (SEN). There are currently four modules to choose from in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties:

  • Educational Research Methods
  • Literacy
  • 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)

 

Module Aims and Progression

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

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 the following three modules:

Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
Specific Learning Difficulties 2 - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
Literacy

Postgraduate Diploma students must complete four from those listed below.

  • Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
  • Specific Learning Difficulties 2 - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Literacy
  • Educational Research Methods

Modules Year 2 - both modules are core modules

 

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

Students commence Year 2 on 15th September 2017.

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 programme 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

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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