The Masters of Education in Autism (MEdA) is a unique, part-time, blended, two-year programme focusing on the needs of educators working with children and young people with autism. Open to educators working in primary and post-primary schools, in special schools, classes or in other recognised educational centres, this part-time course is delivered in a blended format to make it accessible and sustainable for practicing teachers working in schools.
- Learners will develop a deep understanding regarding the strengths and profiles of pupils with autism, with an understanding of the role of whole school approaches in supporting inclusive education.
- Gain practical support and expert guidance in using assessment to inform accurate pupil profiles and facilitate individualised planning to support inclusive education.
- Learners will master a range of relevant research methods and complete a level 9 dissertation.
- Fee scholarships available for entrants and graduates of relevant postgraduate qualifications may be considered to enter the 2nd year.
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.
|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.
Lecture Blocks for 2020-2021
The programme will include three sets of block release from your school/centre during the year:
The course will begin with a Principal’s Day on 18th September 2020. Participants are required to attend this day.
From then on, block release from your school will occur during the follows dates:
- Block 1 - Monday 21th September to Friday, 16th October 2020 (4 weeks)
- Block 2 - Monday, 25th January to Friday, 5th February 2021 (2 weeks)
- Block 3 - Monday, 15th March to Friday 26th March 2021 (2 weeks)
In the context of the Covid-19 emergency, the above dates should be taken as provisional and subject to change as the need arises.
Lectures are normally held continuously from 9.00am to 3.40pm each day in the DCU, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra. Face-to-face tuition on campus will also be scheduled for a number of Saturdays during the year. The date of the first Saturday on which you will be required to attend is 21st November, 2020. Such arrangements are likely to change radically this year in the context of the Covid-19 emergency.
Given the changes to course delivery that will be required as a result of the Covid-19 emergency, access to reliable broadband is likely to be an essential prerequisite for engagement with the 2020/21 GDILS programme.
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.
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.
Provisional Calendar for 2020-2021
The programme will include three weeks block release from your school/centre during the year. Below are the indicative times of year when these weeks occur.
Week 1: Mid September TBC
Week 2: Early November TBC
Week 3: Mid February TBC
Lectures take place Monday to Friday from 9am - 4 pm
In addition, there will be some live, online evening classes, further details of which will be made available throughout the programme.
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 Understanding Behaviour as Communication.
Course Information » PAC Code DC841(Sept) / DC842(Jan) | Frequently Asked Questions
This programme addresses three core areas of knowledge and practice: (i) Understanding the development of language and literacy across the continuum; (ii) Identifying and assessing specific learning difficulties/dyslexia and planning and (iii) managing curriculum based interventions and evidence based practice and support.
The M Ed in SpLD/Dyslexia aims to build capacity in schools in the area of SpLD/Dyslexia and to develop teachers who would be expected to: Select, administer and interpret detailed diagnostic assessments and use appropriate psychometric tools; Effectively identify and use appropriate strategies, interventions and approaches to support learners with dyslexic-type difficulties and also to provide expert advice to parents and professionals in different settings and at all levels.
The programme has dual accreditation - MEd in SpLD/Dyslexia and Associated Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). With AMBDA and an Assessment Practitioner Certificate, the dyslexia specialist teacher is internationally recognised to undertake assessment and specialist teaching. The two-year part time programme reflects the competences, knowledge and professional skills identified by the International Dyslexia Association and the International Literacy Association.
Year 1: Language, Literacy and Learning; Dyslexia in context; Assessment and Analysis; Supporting learners with SpLD/Dyslexia; Becoming a Reflective Practitioner; Research Methods for Professional Practitioners
Year 2: Assessment of Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia; Integrating Assessment and Practice; In the second year of the programme students complete a Professional Practice Portfolio. They also undertake a research project – ‘Meeting the Needs of All’.
Specialist teaching is an integral part of M Ed SpLD/Dyslexia and this includes a total of 30 hours of evaluated, individual and/or small group teaching throughout the programme.
The MEd SpLD/Dyslexia reflects the competences, knowledge and professional skills identified by the International Dyslexia Association and the International Literacy Association. The programme has dual accreditation - M Ed in SpLD/Dyslexia and Associated Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). With AMBDA and an Assessment Practitioner Certificate, the dyslexia specialist teacher is internationally recognised to undertake assessment and specialist teaching.