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Grad Dip in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Education

Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Edcuation

  • PAC Code
  • Course type Postgraduate
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 1 Year

This programme, which will be offered through the DCU Institute of Education from September, combines the two well-established St Patrick's College and Church of Ireland College of Education Graduate Diplomas.

The programme is open to Primary and Post-Primary teachers who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who provide Learning Support, Resource Teaching and Resource Teaching for Travellers in recognised primary schools, post-primary schools, and other recognised educational services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply.

Participants will be assessed on the basis of full attendance at the programme venue, successful completion of selected tasks and written, supervision of their work in schools/centres and final evaluation.

The programme provides a qualification recognised by the Department of Education and Skills in the area of special education and learning support for teachers in the following roles: Learning Support Teacher and/or Resource Teacher, Teacher in a Special School and Teacher in a Special Class.

Funding is provided by the DES and no fee or registration charges will apply for eligible applicants. Teachers will continue to receive their salary in the usual way and substitution will be covered. Those who successfully complete the Post-Graduate Diploma, and who meet entry requirements, are eligible to seek admission to the Masters in Special Educational Needs.

DES Circular and Application Form

Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for teachers working with students with special educational needs and for teachers working in recognised mainstream and other educational settings with those students requiring learning support teaching. The course is a one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme delivered in a blended model eight weeks of block-release during the academic year at the course venue, four Saturdays of face-to-face tuition and online learning.

Indicative Modules

  • Principles and concepts of inclusive and special education
  • Assessment, profiling and planning
  • Teaching, planning and learning for all
  • Learner identity and educational implications
  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Reflective practice and enquiry
  • Choice of elective modules

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Why DCU

Particular expertise has been developed within the programme that relates to the inclusion of students in primary, post-primary and special schools (for example, those with severe and profound general learning disability) and other education centres.

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Requirements

General Entry Requirements

The programme is open to all serving teachers who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who provide Learning Support, Resource Teaching and Resource Teaching for Travellers in recognised primary schools, post-primary schools and other recognised educational services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply.

To view DES Circular 0003/2017 which  outlines eligibility criteria and includes application form please click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

EU Applicants

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 24th February 2017.