Masters/ Postgraduate Diploma in
Inclusive and Special Education

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The Masters/ Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education was developed jointly by Hibernia College and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe.

This programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and learning difficulties and is underpinned with the latest national and international research in relation to inclusive education. 

Both ICEP Europe and Hibernia College are nationally and internationally recognised institutions and have extensive experience in providing flexible, accessible, and innovative online programmes. 

The modular structure and online model of delivery makes this programme particularly suitable to those teachers seeking a more flexible postgraduate option due to personal circumstances, work, or other commitments.​ 

Who is the programme aimed at?

The  Masters/ Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers working with pupils with special and additional learning needs in diverse educational settings.  

This part-time, online programme will empower early years, primary, post-primary and special education teachers with the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies to provide an inclusive and quality education for all.  It will be of particular interest to special education teachers and those who may wish to take on coordinating or leadership roles in a range of educational contexts relevant to inclusion and special education.  

It may also be relevant to other professionals involved in the education and support of learners with additional needs. 

Future Careers

The programme enables educators to acquire a deep understanding of core issues within the field of inclusive and special education. Educators will develop their skillset and acquire knowledge and expertise in carrying out educational research relevant to inclusion and learners with diverse, special, or additional needs.

Graduates may use the knowledge and skills developed during the programme to expand their career opportunities - to become more specialised lead teachers in their schools, to take on educational leadership or management roles or to work in the field of education policy and practice.  Others may continue their studies to Doctorate level. 

It also enables teachers and others to become change agents within schools, other educational settings, and the wider education community by promoting and leading inclusive pedagogy through innovative, evidence-informed practice underpinned by a research culture in inclusive and special education.

This blended programme will be delivered mainly online, providing a flexible route to specialist training for educators and will be offered on a modular, part-time basis offering maximum flexibility.The Postgraduate Diploma comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and can be completed in one year or students can take longer if they wish.The Masters comprises four taught modules (15 ECTS each) and a research and dissertation component (30 ECTS) and can be completed in two years or more.

Available modules

The programme is set up to be flexible, agile, and individualised allowing participants to tailor modules to their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests.Inclusive Education and Special Education Needs is a core module (15 ECTS) and must be completed in the first teaching term.Participants can then choose 3 of the following elective modules:​
    • General Learning Disabilities: Understanding and Best Practice (15 ECTS)​
    • Dyslexia and Literacy (15 ECTS)​
    • Understanding Autism: Effective Management and Teaching Strategies (15 ECTS)​
    • Understanding Behaviour as Communication (15 ECTS)
Those progressing to MA level will also complete a Research Methods module and a 12,000-word thesis​ (30 ECTS)


  • Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Inclusive & Special Education – Four modules (60 ECTS).
  • Level 9 Master of Arts in Inclusive & Special Education – Four modules + a dissertation (90 ECTS).

Tuition and Support

Modules are delivered over a 12-week period, as a distance learning module with live classes delivered every second week.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact with peers in online class discussions.  Modules are based on continuous assessment and there are no exams.Both institutions are committed to providing  positive and supporting learning environments for all students.  The tutors are there to provide individual academic and pastoral support and guidance to all participants.  Technical support is provided by a dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who can be contacted by telephone or email.   Students will also find that their fellow classmates will be a great source of support through the discussion forums and online tutorials.

The programme is open to all suitably qualified teachers and other professionals involved in the education and support of learners with additional needs. 

A minimum grade of a Pass, or equivalent, in an honours bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant area.

An applicant whose first language/primary mode of expression is not English will be required to produce evidence of English competence. 

The online format of the programme and the flexibility to pay for modules on an individual basis offers busy professionals the opportunity to work around their existing schedule and gain a recognised university qualification regardless of location.

The tuition fees for this course for the academic year 2022/23 are as follows: 

PG Diploma: €5,000 

4 x taught modules (€1,250 per module)


Masters: €9,000 

4 x taught modules (€1,250 per module) 

Research methods & thesis module (€4,000) 

Each module must be paid in full prior to the commencement of each module. 
Tax Relief

Hibernia College is an approved college for the purposes of s.474 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. For further information, please click here.

If you are registered with the teaching council, you may also be eligible for the Marino Refund Scheme. Click here to find out more.

If you have any additional questions please call us on +35316510618.

September 2022

2 years part-time

Mainly Online​

PG Diploma – €5,000 
(4 modules * €1,250)​

Masters Total – €9,000


Since its establishment in 2001, ICEP Europe has recognised the importance of creating strong accreditation and collaboration links with key bodies. We have cemented our reputation as a leading provider of online SEN courses by delivering on our mission to provide innovative training to teaching professionals working with children of all needs. 


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