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SNA Programme January 2021

Announcing the commencement of a National Training Programme for Special Needs Assistants, in January 2021. 

Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, announced the launch of new National Training Programme for Special Needs Assistants. This is the first dedicated national training progamme for SNA's. It is delivered by UCD School of Education and funded by the Department of Education. The new online programme will begin in January 2021 and will consist of five modules delivered over ten months. Making the announcement: Joe Hayes, Chairperson, NCSE, Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, Prof Colin Scott VP for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion UCD and Head of School Assoc Prof William Kinsella.


This comprehensive online programme, commissioned by the NCSE, will be delivered to Special Needs Assistants currently working within the Irish education system. 

Department of Education and Skills fully funded programme for SNAs currently working in schools more information


Please follow the link below to find out more about applying to UCD and to submit your application; www.ucd.ie/apply,  Search for W505 Inclusive School Support in the (opens in a new window)Course Finder

You will be able to find the application form as part of the online application. Questions about the course and applications can be sent through our (opens in a new window)FAQ contact form.

SNA programme information booklet

SNA Certificate in Inclusive School Support

Teastas i dTacaíocht don Ionchuimsitheacht i Scoileanna

For more details and registration enquiries please contact us via (opens in a new window)sna@ucd.ie 

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