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Education - Special Educational Needs

The course will run in the academic year 2017/2018 from September 2017 to May 2018 and involves a total of eight weeks block release from school, four week-ends, distance learning, and supervised work in the teachers' own school.

Teachers will also be required to undertake action reseach and case study work in their schools, all of which will form an integral part of the programme.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme designed for primary and post-primary teachers.

Teachers will be released from their schools for 8 weeks during the academic year to attend lectures and seminars in the University. In addition, teachers will be supervised in their schools during the portion of the academic year when they return to their teaching duties. Teachers will also be required to undertake action research and case study work in their schools, all of which will form an integral part of the programme.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
Return to school or centre, teach and coordinate a learning support/SEN provision.

Apply course materials in either of above contexts.

Function as a resource person for other teachers in advising on learning support/SEN issues.

Monitor and appraise developments in the provision of test materials.

Act as a liaison between school and other specialist outside agencies in relation to Learning Support/Special Educational Needs.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

This programme is for all serving teachers including those who provide Learning Support and Resource Teaching 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.

Priority will be given to teachers who meet the criteria below and who have not already attended a similar post-graduate programme for Learning Support teachers or teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs approved by the Department of Education and Skills.

Please note that teachers will not be eligible to take up a place or continue on the programme unless the necessary hours and facilities to enable full participation are provided in their own school setting.

(a) Primary

Please note that all teachers must be registered in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. Please refer to the Teaching Council website (www.teachingcouncil.ie) for further information.

Applicants should have satisfactorily completed their probationary period in accordance with the Teaching Council document Procedures for Induction and Procedures and Criteria for Probation (www.teachingcouncil.ie) and hold a position in a sanctioned post in an area of special education or learning support, or be taking up such posts in September of the year of course commencement. For the purpose of the course, teachers will be required to deliver programmes related to the teaching of pupils with special educational needs and/or those requiring learning support.

(b) Post Primary

Please note that all teachers must be registered in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. Applicants from Post-Primary Schools should have successfully completed their Induction and Post Qualification Employment (PQE)

Learning Support Teachers
Applications are invited from qualified teachers who are assigned to Learning Support work for a minimum of 11 hours per week. At least four class periods should be allocated to teaching individuals or groups of not more than six pupils. Additional time should also be made available for consultation with parents/guardians or colleagues. Together with work in numeracy, assigned Learning Support hours must include at least 4 class periods per week of literacy work (emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Resource Teachers
Applications are invited from recognised second-level schools/centres that have been allocated resource posts or resource hours or officially sanctioned special classes. The person nominated must be a teacher eligible to hold a permanent post in recognised second level schools. In order to be eligible for the programme, teachers must spend a minimum of 11 hours per week working with pupils who have special educational needs. For the purpose of the course teachers will need to deliver a range of programmes related to teaching of students with special educational needs.

(c) Special Schools

Please note that all teachers must be registered in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.

Applications are invited from teachers in Special Schools. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed their probationary period in accordance with the Teaching Council document Procedures for Induction and Procedures and Criteria for Probation (www.teachingcouncil.ie) and hold a sanctioned post in a Special School or be taking up such posts in September of the year of coursecommencement.

(d) Other Educational Services

Please note that all teachers must be registered in accordance with Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.

Applicants must be recognised by the Teaching Council as being eligible for permanent appointment in a primary, post-primary or special school.

Applications are invited from qualified teachers employed by Education and Training Boards as literacy and/or numeracy tutors in Youthreach, Community Projects or in the Prison Service and who are assigned to Learning Support work for a minimum of 11 hours per week. At least four class periods should be allocated to teaching individuals or groups of not more than six pupils. Additional time should also be made available for consultation with parents/guardians or colleagues. Together with work in numeracy, assigned Learning Support hours must include at least 4 class periods per week of literacy work.

It is particularly important that, in their schools, teachers participating in the programme are given the type/level of duties and teaching responsibilities (as required by the programme providers) which will permit them to benefit fully from the training being offered.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year Full-time

Further enquiries

E: Dan O' Sullivan
School of Education,
Lee Holme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland.
Phone: 021 4902959
Email: Dan.OSullivan@ucc.ie
http://www.ucc.ie/en/education/

Subjects taught

Programme Requirements

Students take 60 credits as follows:

ED6201 Special Educational Needs - School Organisation and Practice (10 credits)
ED6202 Assessment for and of Individual Pupil Learning and Attainment (10 credits)
ED6203 Curriculum Provision and Teaching Methodologies for Pupils with Special Educational Needs (10 credits)
ED6204 Supporting Pupils with Additional Learning Needs (10 credits)
ED6205 Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs (10 credits)
ED6206 Developing Inclusive Practice and Provision (10 credits)

Attendance
Satisfactory attendance at lectures, workshops and seminars is required.

Examination
In order to be eligible for admission to the University Examination for the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, a candidate must have satisfactorily pursued the prescribed programme of study, and satisfactorily undertaken a supervised school practicum, evaluated by the School of Education staff, on a Pass/Fail basis.

Each module is assessed by continuous assessment (and in ED6201 by supervised school practicum) and candidates must pass each module. Candidates may be required to attend for oral examination.

Comment

Entry to the MEd
For candidates who satisfactorily meet the entry requirements of the MEd, and have achieved an honours grade in the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, an exemption of 60 credits of the taught element of the MEd programme will be granted. However, the remaining 60 credits of the MEd programme must include the compulsory dissertation of 30 credits. Places on the MEd are limited each year and there is a competitive selection procedure for places.

Assessment method

Examination

In order to be eligible for admission to the University Examination for the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, a candidate must have satisfactorily pursued the prescribed programme of study, and satisfactorily undertaken a supervised school practicum, evaluated by the School of Education staff, on a Pass/Fail basis.

Application date

Application forms containing further details and requirements will be made available as a Circular and will be posted on the Department of Education and Skills website www.education.ie from late January 2017 for the year of entry 2017/2018 to the programme.

Details can be accessed via the Circulars Section on the Department’s website homepage
:http://www.education.ie/en/circulars-and-forms/

Note this link gives full details and guidelines pertaining to the application procedure. To view previous circulars, as reference only, click for a direct link to view: Circular 0004 2016 (890kB)

Please note: Full details will be made available from the State Department of Education and Skills website under the following link once advertised:

http://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/

Completed application forms must be returned with, a copy of your Registration Certificate or a letter of confirmation of registration from the Teaching Council, and the relevant section of the form also completed by the School Authorities, to the College/University of your choice (e.g. U.C.C. School of Education). Please note the closing date for applications is a strict deadline. Applicants should retain evidence of postage of appplication. Priority will be given to teachers who meet the criteria and who have not already attended a similar post-graduate programme for Learning Support teachers or, to teachers of students with special educational needs, recognised by the Department of Education and Skills. It is the policy for only one application per School/Centre to be considered;

Course fee

Costs: Please note this programme is fully funded by the Teacher Education Section of the Dept. of Education and Skills.

Enrolment and start dates

The course will run in the academic year 2017/2018 from September 2017 to May 2018 and involves a total of eight weeks block release from school, four week-ends, distance learning, and supervised work in the teachers' own school.

Teachers will also be required to undertake action reseach and case study work in their schools, all of which will form an integral part of the programme.

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