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Special Needs/Classroom Assistant

Course Description

This one year full time course is designed to facilitate students who wish to work as classroom assistants/special needs assistants or who wish to pursue employment in childcare.  It will include an introduction to working with children who have special educational needs, studying the categories of special needs, exploring the role of teamwork and managing challenging behaviour.  

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Special Needs Assistant
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Communications

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (established), Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), or equivalent.  No CAO points required. Places for qualifying applicants will be allocated on the basis of suitability and interview. Mature students are welcome.

 

Work Experience

Work experience forms and integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion employment may be gained in Primary schools, Post-Primary schools and Third Level Colleges working as a Special Needs Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Personal Assistant. 

Also students can expect to gain employment in a wide range of ECCE settings including: childminder, crèche assistant, nursery assistant, playschool, pre-schools, montessori schools, after school services, day care centres, private homes.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
Graduates may opt to continue their studies in the QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education in Kerry College of Further Education.  Alternatively, graduates can apply for the TL880 Early Childhood Care and Education at IT Tralee or the B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education at Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick.  Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

 

Course Fees

Registration fee is €150. Government Levy €200 - exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance. Details of all other fees including first aid, manual handling, workshops etc are available from the college office.

Certification

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009)

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through http://www.studentfinance.ie

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click the apply button below.

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