Graduate Diploma/M Ed in Special Education
Duration: 1 year
Location: MIC Limerick
Blended approach, with a mix of online and on campus days in MIC Limerick campus, totalling eight weeks of block release from school and four Saturdays. Full substitution is provided by the DE.
There are no formal written examinations involved in the course. Participating teachers will be assessed on the basis of full attendance across the eight-week block release and four Saturdays.
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This one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme, formerly know as the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (PGDSE), aims to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development to teachers working with students deemed to have special educational needs and/or who require learning support in primary, post-primary and special schools and other recognised educational settings.
This programme is delivered in a blended format. The opportunity to experience different ways of engaging aligns the programme with the principles of Universal Design for Learning, allowing choice and flexibility across the programme. Engagement involves attending lectures, seminars and workshops during eight weeks of block-release that is spread out over the course of one academic year. It also includes on-line learning, self-study and reflection and supervised work in teachers’ own schools/centres. Learning also occurs during visits by course supervisors to schools, in dedicated on-line sessions and through engagement with resources through MICs virtual learning platform, Moodle. In order to participate in the programme, teachers will need access to a computer and broadband internet access.
For queries relating to the PGDISE please contact Elaine.Gleeson@mic.ul.ie
Participants who successfully complete the course, and who meet the relevant entry requirements, will be eligible to seek admission to Year 2 of Master's in Inclusive Special Education (M Ed ISE) programme offered in the Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Department of Educational psychology, Inclusive and Special Education. Credit for completion of the postgraduate diploma will be given to those who progress to the M Ed ISE programme.
For queries relating to eligibility or M Ed ISE programme structure, please contact PGEducation@mic.ul.ie.
The programme is open to primary and post-primary teachers who are employed in a position (or shared position) that is funded by the Department of Education and who provide Special Education Teaching in recognised primary schools, post-primary schools, and in other recognised educational services. Teachers serving in special schools and special classes are also eligible to apply. Teachers must teach a minimum of 11 hours in special education each week.
The programme provides a Level 9 qualification that is recognised by the Department of Education for teachers working in the areas of inclusive education, special education and learning support who work in the following roles: Special Education Teacher, Teacher in a Special School, Teacher in a Special Class.
For queries relating to eligibility or PGDISE programme structure, please contact Elaine.Gleeson@mic.ul.ie.
Funding for the course is provided by the DE. This means that for teachers who are eligible:
- No fees or registration charges will apply to participants
- They will continue to receive their salary in the usual way during their participation
- Substitution will be provided by the DE to the schools in which they work, to cover their full attendance at lectures and seminars during school hours. This amounts to eight weeks substitution from school
Participating teachers will engage with four modules across the academic year. Two modules will be covered in autumn, and two in spring.
- The Theory and Practice of Collaborative Leadership (autumn semester)
- Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Language, Literacy and Mathematics (autumn semester)
- Critical Influences on Child Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (spring semester)
- Collaborative Practice for Assessment, Teaching and Learning (spring semester)
The course commences with a full day on campus in MIC Limerick on Saturday 16th September 2023.
Thereafter participants are required to attend blocks of lectures across both semesters amounting to eight weeks in total. The dates for block release will be communicated to participating teachers in June 2023. DE-funded substitution is available to the schools/centres of all those who are offered a place on the programme to allow this to occur.
Lectures are normally held continuously from 9.30am - 3.30pm for face-to-face learning in the MIC Limerick Campus. On campus days usually occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of block release weeks. Mondays and Fridays are usually scheduled for synchronous and synchronous online lectures and activities. There will also be some on-line sessions scheduled in the evening time (usually on Wednesday evenings) during the year. Access to reliable broadband is an essential prerequisite for satisfactory engagement with the PGDISE programme.
There are no formal written examinations involved in the course. Participating teachers will be assessed on the basis of full attendance across the eight-week block release and four Saturdays, engagement with course content and activities, successful completion of selected tasks and written assignments and supervision and evaluation of teaching in schools/centres.