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Graduate Diploma/M Ed in Inclusive Special Education

Note: The 'At a Glance' section below is indicative only.

Available: Full-time

Level: 9

Duration: 1 year

Location: MIC Limerick

Delivery Mode:

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.

Assessment:

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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Programme Overview

This one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme, formerly know as the Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education (PGDISE), 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.

Programme Delivery

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 PGDISE@mic.ul.ie

 

Progression Opportunities

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

Key Features

Eligibility

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 PGDISE@mic.ul.ie

 

Fees

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.

Programme Structure

Participating teachers will engage with four modules across the academic year. Two modules will be covered in autumn, and two in spring.

  1. The Theory and Practice of Collaborative Leadership (autumn semester)
  2. Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Language, Literacy and Mathematics (autumn semester)
  3. Critical Influences on Child Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (spring semester)
  4. Collaborative Practice for Assessment, Teaching and Learning (spring semester)

The course commences with a full day on campus in MIC Limerick in September 2024. Date to be decided.

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 2024. 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.

Assessment

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.

Contacts

For queries on the Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education (PGDISE) please contact:

PGDISE@mic.ul.ie

 

 

For queries on the M Ed in Inclusive Special Education please contact: 

PGEducation@mic.ul.ie

Programme Content

The aim of the PGDISE 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.

Indicative Modules
The Theory and Practice of Collaborative Leadership (15 ECTs)
Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Language, Literacy and Mathematics (15 ECTs)
Critical Influences on Child Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (15 ECTs)
Collaborative Practice for Assessment, Teaching and Learning (15 ECTs)

 

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education (PGDISE)

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 DE Circular for 2024-2025 is now available in the 'How to Apply' section.

Please note: Applications for MIC are via the process outlined in ‘How to Apply’.
All online application forms should be sent to PGDISE@mic.ul.ie

For general queries please contact PGDISE@mic.ul.ie

 

M Ed in Inclusive Special Education

The M Ed ISE is only open to eligible graduates of the MIC PGDISE. Participants who successfully complete the programme, 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.

Circular will be available to download here as soon as it is available.

For queries relating to eligibility or M Ed ISE programme structure, please contact PGEducation@mic.ul.ie.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education

In 2024-2025, the programme will be offered in a blended approach, with a mix of online and on-campus days in MIC, Limerick Campus, totaling eight weeks of block release from the school/ educational setting. Full substitution is provided by the DE. 

Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education (PGDISE) 2024-2025 are now open.

The Department of Education (DE) Circular is available below which outlines eligibility requirements and application details for the next academic year.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Related Principals form (to be completed by your Principal)*
  3. Teaching Council Certificate

*Principals applying for the PGDISE should complete the form themselves.

Please note: Your application will be incomplete if you do not attach all three of the above.

  1. Application form - please choose one of the following:
    Post Primary Application form
    Primary/Special Schools application form
     
  2. Principals form - please choose one of the following:
    Primary Principals form
    Post Primary Principals form
    Special School Principals form
     

Documentation should be completed in Word format using the relevant forms above and submitted via email only to PGDISE@mic.ul.ieNo hard copies will be accepted. 

Closing date for applications has now been extended until 5pm on 22nd April 2024.

Fees: The PGDISE is funded by Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education.

Please direct any queries to PGDISE@mic.ul.ie.

M Ed in Inclusive Special Education

The M Ed in Inclusive Special Education is only open to eligible graduates of the MIC Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Special Education (PGDISE). Eligible graduates of the PGDISE must have a minimum 2H1 Award on the PGDISE, and a minimum grade award of B1 on the assignment for module Critical Influences on Child Cognitive Social and Emotional Behavioural Development.

Applications for the M Ed Inclusive Special Education are now open.

To apply, please complete all the steps below:

  1. Download and complete the application form here (application fee Payment Ref Number required).
  2. You will be required to send your university transcripts.
  3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
  4. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee here using Stripe, and return the completed application and transcripts by email: to TaughtProgrammes@mic.ul.ie.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 26 July 2024.

For queries relating to eligibility or M Ed in Inclusive Special Education programme structure, please contact PGEducation@mic.ul.ie.

For fees click here.

Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. Application fees are non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. See International programme listing here.

 

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