The Special Needs Assistant Certificate is a part time evening course suited to anyone who has an interest in Special Needs Education, whether to pursue it as a career or use the knowledge for personal or family reasons.
The field of Special Needs Education is one of enormous variety and ever changing needs. Portobello Institute wish to respond to the true needs within the sector by offering a course that will equip our students not only with knowledge but with empathy and understanding crucial to their future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. Our research in the field has found that Special Needs Assistants require practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of behaviours and abilities. Thus, we try to encapsulate the lifelong experience of persons with Special Needs within our courses, in Level 5 and in greater detail at Level 6.
Portobello Institute Certificate in Special Needs Assistant Training
QQI Level 5 minor award (5N1786) Special Needs Assistant
The Role of the Special Needs Assistant
Equal Opportunities Child Development(Overview)
Theories of Learning and Behaviour
Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
Communications and Language Disabilities
* 20 Hours Work experience is required
For those that wish to progress to their Level 6 award in Special Needs we have scheduled a continuation course in each region to start approx two weeks after the Level 5 course ends. Where possible we have left the course on the same day.