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Combined Post Graduate Diploma Programme SEN

Combined Post Graduate Diploma Programme SEN
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1 year, Full-Time
Closing date of Entry
DES Candidates / Self-financing - March 1st 2015

Ms. Ann Owens 7167967


Dr Joyce Senior

The Combined Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs is a one-year, full-time, postgraduate programme of training in inclusive special needs education for teachers working in special schools, special classes, or as resource and learning support teachers in mainstream primary and post-primary schools and other educational services. Support under the terms and conditions of the relevant annual Department of Education and Science (DES) Circular  is available to suitably qualified primary and post-primary teachers who currently hold, or are eligible to hold, permanent positions in their schools.

Application for this cohort is on the UCD on-line application system. An annual quota of fee-paying places is also reserved for suitably qualified graduate teachers who are not eligible for DES support.

The programme is of one year's duration and involves a blended model of delivery incorporating block release from school/centre amounting to a total of eight weeks; four weeks in Semester One (October/November), and four weeks in Semester Two (March).  It also involves five Saturdays of collaborative workshops and seminars.

Course content includes special educational needs and inclusion from the perspectives of the foundation disciplines of philosophy, sociology, psychology and law; curriculum development; aetiology of learning disabilities; assessment and diagnosis of learning difficulties; teaching methodology for students with SEN; teaching of language, literacy and numeracy skills; assistive technology and therapies (including speech and language and occupational therapy) for students with additional needs; developing whole-school approaches for inclusion and formulation of Individual Education Plans; the organisation and administration of SEN provision and inclusion; parent-teacher relationships; counselling and behaviour management; research methods in SEN and the professional development of teachers of students with special educational needs.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, teachers will have:

  • developed an understanding of the core issues pertaining to inclusive education.
  • acquired a range of skills necessary to facilitate and support the inclusive  education of students in schools and special education settings.
  • integrated knowledge with practice and be enabled to make decisions while reflecting on the wider professional, social and ethical responsibilities and values that inform inclusive education.
  • demonstrated an ability to communicate their knowledge and expertise to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Assessment Procedures

Course work is assessed by means of written assignments, presentations and professional practice portfolio.

Professional practice is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year.

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