Specific Learning Difficulties
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St. Angela's College Sligo

Specific Learning Difficulties

The course provides a postgraduate qualification for all professionals interested in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD).

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity at St. Angela's College, Sligo has, in recent, years developed a number of online blended-learning options at postgraduate level for all professionals interested in the areas of Special Educational Needs (SEN). There are currently four modules to choose from in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties:

Educational Research Methods
Literacy
Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
Specific Learning Difficulties 2 - Dyscalculia, Attention
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder

This modular blended learning course (which includes e-tivities, discussion boards and some face-to-face workshops) is offered over two years.

The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/or working with learners with special educational needs.

Please note you may only choose one module per semester.

Subjects taught

The standalone online blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops and have a credit weighting of 15 ECTS. Modules are offered regularly over the academic year. All modules are completed within a nine week timeframe.

Completion of two modules from the list of three modules below (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate:
• Specific Learning Difficulties I - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
• Specific Learning Difficulties II - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
• Literacy

Completion of four modules from the list below (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma:
• Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyslexia
• Specific Learning Difficulties 2 - Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
• Literacy
• Educational Research Methods

Please note you may only choose one module per semester.

Specific Learning Difficulties I and Literacy modules

Specific Learning Difficulties II and Educational Research Methods modules

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
The programme is for registered teachers who are currently working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or will be working with students with ASD for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary schools including Special schools and recognised Post-Primary schools. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and teaching needs of students with ASD. Potential applicants must therefore have a teaching role in relation to students with ASD.

Application dates

Complete and submit an? Application Form to Maxine Gilmartin mgilmartin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

?SEN Stand Alone Modules*

*The modules can be undertaken as standalone modules or as a progression pathway for Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Arts qualification (Level 9) and are accredited by NUI Galway.

Duration

Two Years for Postgraduate Diploma
One Year for Postgraduate Certificate

Post Course Info

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 (Specific Learning Difficulties).

Career Opportunities
The modules attract 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

More details
  • Qualification letters

    Post Grad Dip, Post Grad Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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