Education - Inclusive Education Learning Support & Special Education
This programme has been offered by the Institute of Education, DCU since September 2016. It combines two well-established graduate diploma courses that were offered previously at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra and the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines.
The programme is open to primary and post-primary teachers who are employed in a position that is 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 in other recognised educational services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply.
The programme provides a qualification that is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills for teachers working in the areas of inclusive education, special education and learning support who work in the following roles: Learning Support Teacher and/or Resource Teacher, Teacher in a Special School, Teacher in a Special Class.
Funding for the course is provided by the DES. This means that for teachers who are eligible:
•No fees or registration charges will apply to participants.
•They will continue to receive their salary in the usual during their participation.
•Substitution will be provided by the DES to the schools in which they work, to cover their attendance at lectures and seminars during school hours.
There are no formal written examinations involved in the course. Participants will be assessed on the basis of full attendance at the programme venue, engagement with course content and activities, successful completion of selected tasks and written assignments and supervision of work in schools/centres, including final evaluation of this.
Participants who successfully complete the course, and who meet the relevant entry requirements, will be eligible to seek admission to the Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) programme run at the School of Inclusive and Special Education. Credit for completion of the postgraduate diploma will be given to those who progress to the MSEN programme.
This is a one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme that aims to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development to teachers who work with learners deemed to have special educational needs and/or who require learning support in primary, post-primary and special schools and other recognised educational settings.
It is a delivered in a blended format. This involves attending lectures, seminars and workshops during eight weeks of block-release that is spread out over the course of one academic year, including a number of Saturdays. Learning also occurs during visits by course tutors to schools, in dedicated on-line sessions and through engagement with resources made available on DCU learning platforms. In order to participate in the programme, teachers will need access to a computer and broadband internet access.
The institute of Education, DCU is set within the only faculty of education on the island of Ireland. It runs the largest postgraduate programme of this kind in the country. This means that you will have the opportunity to come in contact with course participants from a wide variety of settings and benefit from input provided by lecturers who have developed expertise in a very broad range of (often specialist) areas and sectors. For example, particular expertise has been developed within the programme team around the inclusion of students in primary, post-primary and special schools and other education centres, including settings that respond to highly complex learner profiles, such learners deemed to have severe or profound learning disability.
• 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
• Elective modules
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.
Please review the relevant DES circular at the link below inviting applications for the course. This is usually updated and circulated in January or early February of each year.
* Note applications for DCU is via the process below, not the hard copy from the above circular.
Make an Application
Applications for 2022-23 will open when the DE issues the circular governing the course. Usually, the circular is issued in early February (e.g., last year, circular issued on 11/2/2021). Once the circular is released Applications for 2022-23 will open for approximately 4 weeks. The link to the application form will be available on the Provider's website. Please keep an eye on this page as information pertaining to the application open and closing date for 2022-23 will be updated there.
Prospective future Applicants
It would be useful for prospective future applicants (and their Principals/Centre Managers/ Board of Management Chairpersons) to be familiar with the DE circular governing these courses, especially those elements that relate to eligibility, which do not tend to change much from year to year. Please pay particular attention to cover requirements to ensure you are eligible before making an application.
Additionally, it is important to be aware in advance that when making an application for 2022-23 applicants are required to upload a signed copy of the Principal and Board of Management Declaration form with their application. Applicants are advised that without the signatures of both their Principal and the Chairperson of the Board of Management of their school, applications can not be deemed valid.
Closing Date: TBC
"No fees or registration charges apply to eligible applicants who secure a place on this course"
*If you have any questions or queries relating to this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 year part-time.