Special Needs and Classroom Assistant – Primary and Post Primary
Community Care 5M2786
This one year course trains students to work as Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to work with children with special educational needs in a variety of educational settings including Primary and Secondary School classrooms and specialist schools. Students completing this course will be able to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting setting. They will develop skills to assist children in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner. They will learn about development and learning in children with special needs and about the role of an SNA and develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support, and promote children’s learning. The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification.
• Special Needs Assisting • Understanding Special Needs • Human Growth and Development • Safety and Health at Work • Care Provision and Practice • Equality and Disability • Intellectual Disability Studies • Work Experience • Communications
Additional courses in First Aid Response (PHECC) and other relevant skills will also be available to students.
CERTIFICATION • QQI Level in Community Care 5M2786
Graduates can progress directly to employment in a variety of educational contexts and community care settings. This course qualifies students to work as SNAs in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, supporting children in their learning environment. Alternatively, graduates may progress to further studies in specialist social care, psychology, social studies, and early childhood care and education degree programmes in a range of Universities and Technological Universities.
EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION:
TUD Blanchardstown: TU991 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8, 4 Years) & TU791 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7, 3 Years) TUD Blanchardstown: TU989 Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8, 4 Years) & TU790 Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 7, 3 Years) DCU: DC001 Early Childhood Education (Level 8, 4 Years) DCU: DC209 Health & Society (Level 8, 3 Years) DCU: DC235 Education & Training (Level 8, 3-4 Years) Maynooth: MH101 Arts (Level 8, 3 Years) Maynooth: MH106 Psychology (Level 8, 3 Years) Maynooth: MH107 Social Science (Level 8, 3 Years) NCI: NC010 Psychology (Level 8, 3 Years) South East Technological University Waterford: WD188 Applied Health Care (Level 7, 3 Years) South East Technological University Waterford: WD192 Social Care Practice (Level 8, 4 Years) Technological University of the Shannon Athlone: AL765 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7, 3 Years) Technological University of the Shannon Athlone: AL864 Early Years Care and Education (Level 8, 4 Years)
• Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other equivalent qualification
All applicants may be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.
Apply directly at www.dunboynecollege.ie