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Additional Support Needs

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals involved in the education and care of persons with disabilities and additional needs. The general purpose of the M.Ed.(Additional Support Needs) programme is to develop and enhance participants’ knowledge of discourse, policy and best practice for persons with disabilities and additional needs, whether in mainstream, special education, clinical or other settings.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be graduate teachers, preferably with a qualification in special needs education, or graduate professionals who work in other areas with persons who have disabilities/special educational needs (for example, speech and language/behaviour support specialists/SNAs).

Candidates must have obtained an honours classification in either their primary degree or in a subsequent qualification; non-graduates may be considered as special cases. Short listing of applicants for interview will occur. In judging applicants’ suitability, account will be taken of academic qualifications and professional experience.

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in SEN may be eligible to apply for accreditation for prior learning for the M.Ed.(Additional Support Needs), which is one year, part-time course of 50 ECT credits, 20 of which are allocated to two core research methods modules and the remainder to a thesis.


2 years part-time.

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Subjects taught

The M.Ed.(Additional Support Needs) programme is of two years’ duration. The first year of the programme comprises two twelve-week teaching semesters, of which one week per semester is free for independent study, reading and research. During the first year, the attendance requirement is two evenings per week, with lectures from 5.00-7.00 pm. During the second year, students attend lectures two evenings per week during the first semester (September-December). A research project/thesis is completed during the second year.


External contributions to the programme include inputs from expert practitioners working in a variety of professional settings such as the HSE, NEPS and SESS. This multidisciplinary emphasis reflects current and accelerating changes in the legal, political, educational, medical, therapeutic and organisational contexts of additional needs provision, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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