Special Education

ATU - Sligo St. Angela's

Special Education

Programme Description
This programme is for registered teachers who are eligible to apply under the criteria as outlined by the Department of Education (DE) in the relevant Circular which can be accessed from the website www.stangelas.ie and www.education.ie

The Level 9 programme is recognised and funded by the DE for teachers who are working in the area of Special Educational Needs; the specialist qualification is recognised by the Teaching Council.

Programme Content and Structure
The Programme runs annually from September to May and is based on a combined approach of block release from school/centre for a total of eight weeks, on-line learning and attendance on a maximum of four Saturdays during the academic year. The programme also includes supervised work in the teachers' own schools/centres and supported ongoing study throughout the year using a variety of modes of delivery. The programme structure comprises five modules, one of which is a specialist study module that focuses specifically on the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, and Autism.

Entry requirements

The Programme is for registered teachers who are currently working as Special Education Teachers (SET) in recognised Primary schools including Special Schools and recognised Post- Primary schools. Applications are also invited from qualified teachers employed by ETBs as literacy/ numeracy tutors in Youthreach, Community Projects or in the Prison Service.

Application dates

Application Process: www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie


One Year full-time for Postgraduate Diploma and 2 years for MA

Enrolment dates

Intake: Annually

Post Course Info

Programme Outcomes and Progression
The programme will develop the skills necessary to affect whole school collaboration and implement inclusive practice and is a progression pathway (Stage 1) to a Master of Arts in Special Education. Research methods are critical to successful study at MA level and will incorporate problem solving activities, action research in professional contexts and the opportunity to link theory and practice in general and in terms of the execution of coursework. Participants accepted onto the MA stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within their chosen pathway.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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    Course provider