Portobello InstituteBA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice

BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice

€ 3385 per academic year
3 years
Masters, Postgraduate
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

This BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice degree, designed for accelerated delivery through blended learning. Completed over 3 academic years.


The BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice is offered in both class-based and blended learning modes.  The programme has been developed as a response to the growth of the inclusive education and practice sector nationally and globally which brings together staff working in special needs assistant and support roles in schools and early education and care settings. The programme can also be of interest to staff working in managerial roles in education and care settings and to specialists in government departments, non-government organisations and charities providing services for children and families. The programme is open to applicants who are already working in the inclusive education practice sector and to new entrants to the sector.


The programme provides specialised knowledge and skills to respond to challenges of achieving high quality provision in a context of increasing diversity of stakeholders in early childhood care and education settings, primary, post-primary schools and community care settings. The students will reflect on the complex nature of inclusion and engage with philosophical, political, cultural, legal and ethical aspects of inclusive education for learners who are vulnerable to exclusion and underachievement due to special educational needs and disability.

The programme draws on a range of disciplines such as education, early childhood studies, sociology, psychology, disability and takes national and international perspectives to include children’s rights, child development, children’s health and well-being, diversity and inclusion. Students are enthused to apply their knowledge and skills to consider their role in supporting education for children with additional needs and appreciate the role of reflective practice and continuous professional development.

The course aims:

·         to foster rigorous understanding of concepts, methods, techniques, rules, schools of thought in relation to the study of inclusive education and practice.

·         to provide an opportunity to explore various aspects of children’s growth and development from a range of perspectives drawing from psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, social policy, education and health.

·         to provide an understanding of legislative framework and regulatory regimes associated with working with children with SEND

·         to encourage critical evaluation of themes and debates underpinning policy and practice in a local and global context

·         to provide a skillset to deliver high-quality services in the context of a growing diversity of stakeholders

·         to put emphasis on the value of critical inquiry, research and evidence-based practice

·         to encourage reflection and application of learning in a work-based context

·         to enhance professional skills and foster development of a personal value framework cohesive with professional standards and societal norms

·         to support development of a range of transferrable skills: organisation, management, research, communication, presentation, digital literacy

·         develop competence and confidence in using advanced academic and research skills to undertake further training of professional or equivalent nature

Modules Year 1
Becoming an Educator: Academic and Professional Skills
Promoting Holistic Development of Children 0-12
Safeguarding Health, Well-being and Rights of Children
Understanding Professional Development
Approaches to Inclusive Education

Modules Year 2
Leadership Skills for Inclusive Practice
Leading and Managing Services for Children
Disability in Society
Understanding Development in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
Developing Professional Practice
Psychology of Learning and Behaviour


Modules Year 3
Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice and Dissertation
Professional Development: Sharing the Learning (Placement Based)


Exit at Level 7 with BA (Ord)

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