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Special Education

Programme Description
This programme is for registered teachers who are eligible to apply under the criteria as outlined by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in the relevant Circular which can be accessed from the website and

The programme is recognised and funded by the DES for teachers who are working in the area of SEN, the specialist qualification is recognised by the Teaching Council.

The programme will develop the skills necessary to affect whole school collaboration and implement inclusive practice in SEN and is a progression pathway (Year 1) to a Master of Arts in SEN. Research methods are critical to successful study at MA level and will incorporate problem- solving activities, action research in professional contexts and the opportunity to link theory and practice in general and in terms of the execution of coursework. Participants accepted onto the MA stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within their chosen pathway. They will also be looking forward to choosing the area of study for their MA dissertation and beginning to reflect on possible research methodologies for their dissertation.

The Advanced Research and Dissertation modules will provide students with the opportunity to make and implement informed choices regarding professionally relevant areas of research for their dissertation and to do this with the guidance and support of tutors and peers. The final dissertation will be a maximum of 20,000 words and the topic chosen by the participant must be related to the specific pathway chosen by the participant.

Entry requirements

The Programme is for registered teachers who are currently working as Special Education Teachers (SET) in recognised Primary schools including Special Schools and recognised Post- Primary schools. Applications are also invited from qualified teachers employed by ETBs as literacy/ numeracy tutors in Youthreach, Community Projects or in the Prison Service.


1 year full-time for Postgraduate Diploma and 2 years for MA.

The Programme runs annually from September to May and involves block release for a total of 8 weeks over the academic year, 4 Saturdays of face-to-face tuition and distance learning, together with supervised work in the teachers' own schools/ centres.

Further enquiries

Centre for Special Educational Needs,
Inclusion and Diversity
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 919 5552/071 9143580

Application date

Application Process:

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Annually

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