Special Educational Needs

Your Course
This postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development aims to give fully qualified serving teachers working in SEN teaching roles in their schools and other recognised educational services a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and learning difficulties. The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and provides a recognised qualification for qualified teachers working in the area of special educational needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings.

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.

You can find more details about the university's police clearance policy at www.nuigalway.ie/ admissions/admissionspoliciesandregulations

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
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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