Taught course

Special Educational Needs

National University of Ireland Galway · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must be qualified teachers presently employed or about to be employed as learning support teachers, resource teachers for travellers or teachers working with special educational needs in mainstream primary or post-primary schools, special classes, special units/schools and other relevant settings. Application is via a circular which is issued to all schools by the Department of Education and Skills.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to give teachers 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.

Fees and funding

The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills www.education.ie.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Andrea Higgins
+353 (0)91 49 5136