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Graduate Diploma/M.Ed. in Special Education Needs


Course Description

This programme, which is run by the Department of Special Education, admits 50 qualified teachers including Learning Support Teachers, and Resource Teachers in Primary and Post-Primary schools, teachers in Special Schools, and teachers employed by VECs as literacy and/or numeracy tutors in Youthreach, Community Projects or in the Prison Service who meet the criteria in the annual Circular. The programme leads to the award of a Graduate Diploma in Special Education, accredited by the University of Limerick.

This programme provides a broad overview of special education and provision in the Irish context. It also offers an in-depth exploration of a Special Educational Needs area of choice (Autism, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Mild General Learning Disabilities, Emotional & Behavioural Disorders, Down syndrome, etc.) for each participant, and provides particular expertise in both ICT and the analysis of behaviour.

The course runs from September to May of the following year and involves block release from school for designated periods (a total of eight weeks), and four Saturdays.

Visit the Graduate Diploma/M.Ed. in Special Education Needs page on the Mary Immaculate College, Limerick website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Open to all teachers, registered with the Teaching Council, who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Skills and who provide Learning Support and/or Resource Teaching in recognised Primary/Special School/Post Primary schools and other recognised Educational Services.

Course Fees

Post-Graduate one year course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.


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