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Inclusive and Special Education Programme Launches

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MAISE Launch

Hibernia College and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe have developed a new Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive and Special Education programme, launching now and commencing in September. The programme is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers working with students with special and additional learning needs in diverse educational settings. The application is available here.

Participants will complete four taught modules (15 ECTS each) in a minimum of one year, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive and Special Education. Those progressing to master’s level will also complete a Research Methods and Thesis module (30 ECTS) and earn a Master of Arts in Inclusive and Special Education over the course of a minimum of two years.

Inclusive and Quality Education

This part-time, blended learning 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 students with additional needs.

Flexible Programme

The programme is flexible, agile and individualised, allowing participants to tailor modules to their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests. It will be delivered mainly online on a modular, part-time basis, offering maximum flexibility for anyone with other commitments.

Modules are delivered over a 12-week period 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.

Expand Career, Deepen Specialisation

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.

The programme 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 research in inclusive and special education.

Is this Programme for You?

There are two intakes to the programme each year, in September and January — the application for the September 2022 intake is open until 8 September. A personal statement and Level 8 transcript is required to complete the online application process. Applicants will know if they have a place within five days of submitting an application.

If you are interested in a flexible route to specialist train can help you determine if the Postgraduate Diploma or the Master’s in Inclusive and Special Education is right for you. For more information, contact our Enrolment Advisors by emailing or by phoning (01) 661 0168 (press 2).

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