Education - Special Educational Needs

This is a 1 year, part-time course designed for teachers working with pupils with a range of special educational needs in recognised mainstream primary, secondary and special school settings. The course has a flexible, modular format and is compatible with full-time employment

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised teaching qualification in accordance with Circular 140/2006 and Circular Letter 25/00; have satisfactorily completed their probationary period; hold a sanctioned full-time teaching position in a mainstream primary, secondary or special school; be registered in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001 and have a teaching number; and be teaching the same group of pupils having special educational needs for the duration of the course


1 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the course will be better equipped to address the ever changing challenges of the modern educational environment in mainstream or special schools.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Coordinator Deirdre Forde
Tel: +353 (01) 708 7411

Address: Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education,
Maynooth University, Maynooth,
Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include inclusive education; assessment, planning and record keeping; SEN: language and literacy; range of special educational needs; mathematics and current issues in SEN; teaching practice, class performance and preparation


The Froebel Department's educational and research focus is on progressive child-centred education. It seeks to foster quality teaching and learning, creativity, integration and sound practical classroom practice in various settings. The Department is involved in several international education initiatives, including the Froebel and Hope Foundation Teacher Education Partnership in Kolkata, India, and the Socrates–Erasmus programme. childhood-education

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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