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Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Education (GDILS)

The School of Inclusive and Special Education offer a Graduate Diploma in Inclusive, Learning Support and Special Education. It runs from September to June and involves a blended model of delivery incorporating block release from school/centre for eight weeks, on-line learning and attendance on four Saturdays during the year. In order to participate in the programme, teachers will need access to a computer and broadband internet access. Particular expertise has been developed within the programme that relates to the inclusion of students in primary, post-primary and special schools (for example, those with severe and profound general learning disability) and other education centres.

Indicative Modules
Principles and concepts of inclusive and special education
Assessment, profiling and planning
Teaching, planning and learning for all
Learner identity and educational implications
Collaboration and leadership
Reflective practice and enquiry
Choice of elective modules

Delivery of the Programme

The course is a one-year, part-time postgraduate diploma programme delivered in a blended model eight weeks of block-release during the academic year at the course venue, four Saturdays of face-to-face tuition and online learning.

Provisional Calendar for 2018-2019

The programme will include three sets of block release from your school/centre during the year:

Lecture Blocks

  • Block 1: Friday 21st September to Friday 19th October
  • Block 2: Monday 28th January to Friday 8th February
  • Block 3: Tuesday 19th March to Friday 29th March


  • 10th November
  • 24th November
  • 9th February
  • 9th March

In addition, there will be some live, online classes, further details of which will be made available throughout the programme.

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Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN)

The Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) is a blended programme open to qualified experienced teachers working in primary and post-primary schools, in special schools or classes or in other recognised educational centres. Applicants must already have completed a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or special education. The aim of the programme is to develop teachers' knowledge and skills in analysing, critiquing and applying research literature in the area of special and inclusive education and in carrying out research relevant to children and young people with learning difficulties or special educational needs.

Course Information » DC994 | PAC Application for Year 1 | Application form for MSEN Year 2 is closed

Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum (GCEAS)

The philosophy underlying the Graduate Certificate/Diploma is embodied in the overall aim of the course:
to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise of teachers thus enhancing the provision of appropriate education for children and young people with special educational needs. This is a one-year, part-time programme consisting of three modules, delivered through distance learning modes and on-site learning at St Patrick’s Campus. The programme is based on participants being released from their schools to attend the course venue for up to three weeks over the academic year. The Distance Learning elements of the course include online lectures and a Discussion Forum. Content of the course will focus specifically on theory and practice related to Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

2018-2019 information and application form will be available in January 2018

Course Information » | GCEAS DES Circular

Professional Certificate/Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education (SIE)

The Professional Certificate/Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education is designed to equip mainstream teachers to respond effectively to the diverse needs of pupils in today’s inclusive schools and classrooms. Serving the needs of pupils with diverse special educational needs is now the responsibility of all teachers and all schools and no longer the sole remit of specialist teachers. This flexible online course facilitates access regardless of geographical or other constraints. Having completed a foundation module on special and inclusive education, teachers will then choose from a range of specialist elective modules, which includes topics such as Understanding Autism: Effective Management and Teaching Strategies, Dyslexia, Mild General Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour.

Course Information » PAC Code DC841(Sept) / DC842(Jan) | Frequently Asked Questions