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Inclusive and Special Education

The MA/PG Dip (Arts) in Inclusive and Special Education has been developed jointly by Hibernia College and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe.

The programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and learning difficulties and is underpinned by the latest national and international research.

The modular structure and online model of delivery make this programme particularly suitable to teachers seeking a more flexible postgraduate option due to personal circumstances, work or other commitments.

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Programme Outcomes

The MA/PG Dip (Arts) in Inclusive and Special Education is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers working with pupils with special and additional learning needs in diverse educational settings.

This part-time, online programme will empower early years, primary, post-primary and special education teachers with the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies to provide an inclusive and quality education for all. It will be of particular interest to special education teachers and those who may wish to take on coordinating or leadership roles in a range of educational contexts relevant to inclusion and special education.

It may also be relevant to other professionals involved in the education and support of learners with additional needs.

The programme enables educators to acquire a deep understanding of core issues within the field of inclusive and special education. Educators will develop their skillset and acquire knowledge and expertise in carrying out educational research relevant to inclusion and learners with diverse, special, or additional needs.

Graduates may use the knowledge and skills developed during the programme to expand their career opportunities — to become more specialised lead teachers in their schools, to take on educational leadership or management roles or to work in the field of education policy and practice. Others may continue their studies to doctorate level.

It also enables teachers and others to become change agents within schools, other educational settings, and the wider education community by promoting and leading inclusive pedagogy through innovative, evidence-informed practice underpinned by a research culture in inclusive and special education.

Programme Structure

This blended programme will be delivered mainly online, providing a flexible route to specialist training for educators, and will be offered on a modular, part-time basis offering maximum flexibility.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive and Special Education comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and can be completed in one year. Students can take longer if they wish.

The Master of Arts in Inclusive and Special Education comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and a research methods and thesis module (30 ECTS) and can be completed in two years or more.

The programme is set up to be flexible, agile and individualised, allowing participants to tailor modules to their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests.

Modules are delivered over a 12-week period, as a distance learning module with live classes delivered every second week. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with peers in online class discussions. Modules are based on continuous assessment and there are no exams.


Inclusive Education and Special Education Needs is a core module (15 ECTS) and must be completed in the first teaching term.

Participants can then choose three of the following elective modules:

General Learning Disabilities: Understanding and Best Practice (15 ECTS)

Dyslexia and Literacy (15 ECTS)

Understanding Autism: Effective Management and Teaching Strategies (15 ECTS)

Understanding Behaviour as Communication (15 ECTS)

Those progressing to MA level will also complete a Research Methods and Thesis module (30 ECTS).


Application Fee
€50 – introductory application fee for January 2023, paid as part of the online application process

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive and Special Education: four taught modules (15 ECTS each)

Tuition Fees

€5,000 paid in two instalments:

1st instalment paid prior to commencement of Term 1 – €2,500

2nd instalment paid prior to commencement of Term 3 – €2,500

Continuation to Master of Arts in Inclusive and Special Education – €4,000 payable in one instalment prior to commencement of Module 106 Research Methods and Thesis (30 ECTS)

Per Module Pricing: €1,250 to be paid in full before commencement of the modules each term


Master of Arts in Inclusive and Special Education: four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and Research Methods and Thesis module (30 ECTS)

Tuition Fees 

1st instalment paid prior to commencement of Year 1 – €5,000

1st instalment paid prior to commencement of Year 2 – €4,000


How to Pay Tuition Fees 
The application fee is paid online and must be paid in full before an application can be processed. Payment of instalment tuition fees are to be made by bank transfer.  Per module payments can be made by credit card.

Loan FacilityINTO Credit Union and TUI Credit Union have both formulated a loan facility that may interest you. Please click here for more information about the INTO Credit Union loan. Please click here for more information about the TUI Credit Union loan.

Tax Relief 
Hibernia College is an approved college for the purposes of s.474 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. For further information, please click here.

Enrolled Learner Protection Insurance

Hibernia College has approval, under s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, to offer students Learner Protection Insurance. For more details, click here.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a Pass, or equivalent, in an honours bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant area.

In order to apply, applicants must provide their official Level 8 transcript (or above), showing overall result and total ECTS credits awarded. 

An applicant whose first language/primary mode of expression is not English will be required to produce evidence of English competence. The required proficiency level is B2+ or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

How can I learn more about the programme?

If you have any questions about the programme, feel free to contact our Enrolment Team on 01 661 0168 (option 2) or