This programme, which will be offered through the DCU Institute of Education from September, combines the two well-established St Patrick's College and Church of Ireland College of Education Graduate Diplomas.
The programme is open to all serving teachers who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who provide Learning Support, Resource Teaching and Resource Teaching for Travellers in recognised primary schools, post-primary schools, and other recognised educational services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply.
Participants will be assessed on the basis of full attendance at the programme venue, successful completion of selected tasks and written, supervision of their work in schools/centres and final evaluation.
The programme provides a qualification recognised by the Department of Education and Skills in the area of special education and learning support for teachers in the following roles: Learning Support Teacher and/or Resource Teacher, Teacher in a Special School and Teacher in a Special Class.
The aim of the programme is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for teachers working with students with special educational needs and for teachers working in recognised mainstream and other educational settings with those students requiring learning support teaching. The course is a one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme delivered in a blended model eight weeks of block-release during the academic year at the course venue, four Saturdays of face-to-face tuition and online learning.
Principles and concepts of inclusive and special education
Assessment, profiling and planning
Teaching, planning and learning for all
Learner identity and educational implications
Collaboration and leadership
Reflective practice and enquiry
Choice of elective modules
Particular expertise has been developed within the programme that relates to the inclusion of students in primary, post-primary and special schools (for example, those with severe and profound general learning disability) and other education centres.