Over 330 Special Education Training Places Confirmed

More than 330 graduate and post-graduate places for teacher training in special education have been announced for the incoming year.

The programmes will be delivered in six third level institutions, as confirmed by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O'Connor, the Minister for Further and Higher Education.

The total investment of the courses is estimated at €1.8 million, and colleges will welcome applications until the deadline of 04 March.

Dublin City University, Mary Immaculate College, National University of Ireland, Galway, St Angela's College Sligo, University College Cork and University College Dublin will deliver the training.

Minister McHugh said: "There has traditionally been huge demand for places on these Special Education third level courses. I would encourage teachers already working in special education to consider these courses and the benefits they will offer in their careers. They will bring very real benefits to the classroom, particularly the many thousands of students with special educational needs in our schools."

Mrs O'Connor also welcomed the development. She said: "These courses are a powerful symbol of the Government living up to its commitments to invest in education for all. Through third level programmes like these we are providing substantial theoretical and practical training for teachers working with students with special educational needs, including students with autism.


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