Special Educational Needs

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and have a designated teaching role in relation to students with special educational needs. Further eligibility criteria are included in the DES circular available at www.education.ie.

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.

Application dates

Closing Date: The closing date for completed applications is given on the DES circular.


1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Qualified teachers who graduate from this programme are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for positions as learning support and special education teachers in mainstream and special settings.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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    Course provider