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Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum

Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum

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

This programme is for Primary and Post-Primary teachers who hold a post currently funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who will be working with students on the Autism Spectrum for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary Schools including Special Schools and recognized Post-Primary Schools. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and teaching needs of students on the spectrum.  Potential applicants must therefore have a teaching role in relation to students on the Autism Spectrum.

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. Graduates of this Certificate may be eligible to progress onto the Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Education and subsequently onto the Masters in Special Educational Needs.

DES Circular and Application Form

Student Voice

I came to the course with a self-taught understanding and knowledge from valuable experience of teaching and learning with children on the spectrum, however, sitting back and listening I knew very quickly that I was only at the beginning of my learning journey in relation to teaching children on the Autistic spectrum.  The sharing of stories and parting of teaching strategies for children who are either on the mild, moderate or profound range was inspiring, informative and gave me a clearer understanding of low-functioning & high-functioning autism

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Programme

The aim of this programme is to develop the knowledge skills and expertise of teachers, thus enhancing the provision of appropriate education for children and young people on the autism spectrum. 

Understanding Autism: aims to provide a foundation in the history, concept and diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, causes and prevalence will also be considered. Students will explore the diversity across the spectrum and reflect in an informed manner on the implications of autism in an educational context.

Assessment, Profiling and Planning: addresses the principles underpinning inclusive assessment and focusses on the development of a holistic profile of the student’s strengths, interests and needs, leading to the development of learning programmes and individualised planning.

Planning, Teaching and Learning for All: focuses on the application of skills and knowledge presented across the programme to teaching and learning contexts.

Wellbeing Across the Continuum: Addresses current and evolving issues in relation to the education of pupils on the Autism Spectrum including life span perspective, wellbeing of such students and proactive strategies to support them.

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Why DCU

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Progession:

Graduates of the programme may graduate at the end of one year with a Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum and are eligible to continue their study to complete a Graduate Diploma in Inclusive, Learning Support and Special Education.

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Requirements

General Entry Requirements

This programme is for registered teachers who hold a post currently funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who are currently working with students on the Autistic Spectrum or who will be working with students on the Autism Spectrum for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary Schools including Special Schools and recognized Post-Primary Schools. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and teaching needs of students on the spectrum. Potential applicants must therefore have a teaching role in relation to students on the Autism Spectrum.

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

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