General Learning Disabilities - Micro-Credential - Sligo St. Angela's

ATU - St. Angela's

General Learning Disabilities - Micro-Credential - Sligo St. Angela's

Programme Overview
The General Learning Disabilities module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of General Learning Disabilities and the implications for teaching and learning. Understandings of General Learning Disabilities are presented and explored in the context of current educational policy and legislation. Participants are introduced to a broad range of approaches designed to facilitate the inclusion of learners with General Learning Disabilities across all educational settings. This is delivered using online components and face-to-face workshops.

Who’s Suited to This Programme
This module is suited to a wide range of participants from a variety of settings, including:

Classroom teachers
- Graduates who wish to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and are 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

Subjects taught

Module Description
This module aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the concept of GLD. Characteristics of GLD are outlined with respect to mild, moderate, severe and profound GLD. Policy with regards to the development of educational provision for learners with GLD is explored and current educational provision is outlined. The importance of assessment of learning needs is an important part of this module and there is guidance offered in choosing appropriate assessment tools to identify priority learning needs and, in turn, to inform planning for teaching and learning. Strategies and interventions to support learners with GLD are introduced, with a particular focus on the development of language and communication skills, as well as social and personal development.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Application dates

Closing Date: 8th December 2023.


9 weeks.

Post Course Info

Further Education
Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion of three modules which must include the online blended learning module: Educational Research Methods. The exit award will be a Master of Arts in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs.

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  • Qualifications

    Certificate of Attendance

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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