GradDip Special Needs Education
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad.DipSEN provides substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for support teachers working with students with additional needs in recognised mainstream and other educational settings. The programme is designed specifically to assist teachers in meeting the learning and psycho-social needs of students, thus enhancing the provision of appropriate education for children and young people with additional needs.
- The programme, with its balance of theory and practice, seeks to provide teachers with opportunities for receptive critical thinking, active participation and the development of theoretical, philosophical and curricular competencies which are informed by evidence-based practice and research.
- It offers students a learning environment in which they feel encouraged and supported in constructively challenging their existing personal inclusive values and related practices. They are encouraged to become active, autonomous learners and critical thinkers who will be agents of personal and systemic change.
- A key aspect of the course is continuous professional practice in the teachers' schools in which they are closely mentored, thus supporting them in their leadership and advocacy role and the development of a community of inclusive praxis. The programme uses varied learning and assessment approaches which include: case studies, policy analysis and development, group presentations, group and individual assignments, role play of administration of diagnostic assessments and feedback, work place audits and a professional placement portfolio. It is confidently expected that its graduates will make a significant contribution to essential developments in policy, structure and provision of our national system of education.