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Special Educational Needs - Autistic Spectrum Disorders - ASDs

Programme Description
The programme is offered in collaboration with the Special Education Support Service (SESS) and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for registered teachers of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The programme will develop teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills in working with students with ASDs.

Programme Content and Structure
Students may choose to access the programme at either Certificate or Diploma level over a one or two year time period.

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.

Entry requirements

The Programme is for registered teachers who are currently working with students with ASDs or will be working with students with ASDs for the duration of the Programme in recognised Primary Schools, including Special Schools and Post-Primary Schools.

Duration

1 - 2 years (with up to three years to complete an MA Dissertation)

Careers or further progression

This is a specialist qualification and will enable graduates to effectively meet the needs of students with ASDs. It is a progression pathway to a Master of Arts in SEN (ASDs).

Further enquiries

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

T: 071 9195550 / 071 / 580
E: education@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content and Structure
Students may choose to access the programme at either Certificate or Diploma level over a one or two year time period.

Postgraduate Certificate Modules are:
Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Core module) and Assessment, Planning and Curricular Access or Teaching Approaches

Postgraduate Diploma Modules are:
• Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
• Assessment, Planning and Curricular Access
• Teaching Approaches
• Self-Management and Behaviour

Students who successfully complete the Certificate level may progress to the Diploma level.

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Annually

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