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Special Educational Needs (PDip)
The application process for the 2022–23 Postgraduate Diploma in SEN is now open. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 11 March 2022.
Application Forms must be downloaded from the Department of Education website. Completed application forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the closing date.
Please see further information and link to download the circular and application forms at Applications and Selections below. A Word version of each of the application forms is also provided for your convenience.
The programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special needs and learning difficulties, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the education of those with special needs and learning difficulties in various contexts. In doing so, the programme also aims to provide enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences and be responsive to learners’ needs.
The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and provides a recognised qualification for teachers working in the area of special educational needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings. Programme fees are paid by the DES. The programme is delivered by a core team supported by a cohort of associate lecturers with a range of experience and expertise.
Applications and Selections
The application process for the 2022–23 Postgraduate Diploma in SEN is now open. The closing date for receipt of your completed application form is 11 March 2022.
The circular and application forms are available to download from the Department of Education website at this link. Please read the circular carefully. Importantly, the application forms are at the end of the document.
A Word version of the Primary and Special School application form is available to download here: PDSEN form 1
A Word version of the Post-primary School application form is available here: PDSEN form 2.
- You need to download the application form for your school sector: primary and special schools or post-primary schools and complete it. You must attach letter of confirmation of your registration or registration certificate which can be downloaded from the Teaching Council website. A renewal of payment slip will not suffice.
- Completed application forms must be emailed to email@example.com on or before the closing date 11 March 2022.
- Postal applications to NUI Galway will not be accepted.
- We look forward to receiving your application.
- Please note that you must be a qualified teacher, registered with the Teaching Council, and working as a Special Education Teacher (SET) or taking up such a role in September 2022 to be eligible to participate in the programme. This is not an initial teacher education programme.
Who Teaches this Course
- Dr Andrea Higgins, Course Director
- Cohort of lecturers with specific expertise and experience in areas of SEN
Requirements and Assessment
Assessment is through coursework assignments undertaken during the year and is linked to teachers’ developing practice.
To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Further eligibility criteria for 2022–23 will be included in the DES circular that is expected to issue on the DES website in Jan/Feb 2022.
1 year, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
11 March 2022
Mode of study
The programme consists of five modules:
- Inclusion: Perspectives and Implications for Practice
- Assessment, Planning and Applications
- Curricular Issues for Special Educational Needs
- Implications of Educational Disability
- Specialist Study.
The programme involves release from schools/centres for designated block periods of a total of eight weeks over the academic year, with substitute cover provided. In addition, some lectures and workshops take place on Saturdays. The programme also includes supervised work in teachers’ own schools/centres and a four-day placement in a special setting other than their own.
Key to the programme are inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, which are discussed and demonstrated. Teachers are supported in implementing such approaches in their schools. Participants are encouraged to engage with the programme, and emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to become effective, reflective practitioners in the field of special educational needs.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates are recognised by the DES for positions as learning support and special education teachers in mainstream and special settings.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Fees are covered by the DES for eligible participants.