The application process for the 2023–24 Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs is now open. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday, March 24th, 2023. 

The DES circular which gives the necessary information on eligibility and on the application process can be downloaded here

A Word version of the application form for teachers in primary and special schools can be downloaded here: Application form for teachers in primary and special schools.

A Word version of the application form for teachers in post-primary schools can be downloaded here: Application form for teachers in post-primary schools‌.

When completed, please email your application form to pdsen@universityofgalway.ie on or before the closing date. Postal applications will not be accepted

Thank you for your interest in our programme. We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email them to pdsen@universityofgalway.ie

Course Overview

The programme aims to give fully qualified serving teachers working in SEN teaching roles in their schools and other recognised educational services a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special needs and learning difficulties, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the education of those with special needs and learning difficulties in various contexts. In doing so, the programme also aims to provide enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences and be responsive to learners’ needs.

The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and provides a recognised qualification for teachers working in the area of special educational needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings. Programme fees are paid by the DES. The programme is delivered by a core team supported by a cohort of associate lecturers with a range of experience and expertise.

 

Applications and Selections

The application process for the 2023–24 Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs is now open. Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday, March 24th, 2023. 

The DES circular which gives the necessary information on eligibility and on the application process can be downloaded here

A Word version of the application form for teachers in primary and special schools can be downloaded here: Application form for teachers in primary and special schools.

A Word version of the application form for teachers in post-primary schools can be downloaded here: Application form for teachers in post-primary schools‌.

When completed, please email your application form to pdsen@universityofgalway.ie on or before the closing date. Postal applications will not be accepted

Thank you for your interest in our programme. We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email them to pdsen@universityofgalway.ie

Who Teaches this Course

  • Cohort of lecturers with specific expertise and experience in areas of SEN
 

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through coursework assignments undertaken during the year and is linked to teachers’ developing practice.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and have a designated teaching role in relation to students with special educational needs. Further eligibility criteria are included in the DES circular available at: www.education.ie


Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

30

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

See DES circular.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

Course code

PDE

Course Outline

The programme consists of five modules:

  • Inclusion: Perspectives and Implications for Practice
  • Assessment, Planning and Applications
  • Curricular Issues for Special Educational Needs
  • Implications of Educational Disability
  • Specialist Study.

The programme involves release from schools/centres for designated block periods of a total of eight weeks over the academic year, with substitute cover provided. In addition, some lectures and workshops take place on Saturdays. The programme also includes supervised work in teachers’ own schools/centres and a four-day placement in a special setting other than their own.

Key to the programme are inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, which are discussed and demonstrated. Teachers are supported in implementing such approaches in their schools. Participants are encouraged to engage with the programme, and emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to become effective, reflective practitioners in the field of special educational needs.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Qualified teachers who graduate from this programme are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for positions as special education teachers (SETs) in mainstream and special settings. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Fees are covered by the DES for eligible participants.

2023 QS Subject Rankings: Top 250

Education QS Subject Award Badge

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)