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I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.
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Castlebar College of Further Education

Castlebar College of Further Education

Disability Studies in Early Childhood Care & Education


Course Code:  5M2009
Award Code(s):  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course enables you to work as a Special Needs Assistant. If you wish to work with children, this is the minimum requirement necessary to work in creches, pre-schools or after-schools. It is a stand-alone-qualification for employment in any early years setting, national school or secondary school.

Garda vetting must be successfully completed for all courses in the Department of Health Services, Childcare & Youth Work

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updted and to meet demands.

Child Health and Well-Being
Child Development
Early Childhood Education and Play
Early Care and Education Practice
Work Experience
Personal Effectiveness
Creative Arts for Early Childhood Studies
School Age Childcare
Understanding Special Needs

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Naturopath   Speech & Language Therapist  
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Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care   Acupuncturist  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Nurse - Intellectual Disability  
Nurse - General   Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  
Psychologist - Sports   Probation Officer  
Garda   Psychologist - Clinical  
Sociologist / Social Researcher   Psychologist  
Careers Adviser   Counsellor  
Music Therapist   Occupational Therapist  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Clergy / Religious Ministers  
Aid Worker - humanitarian   Community Education Officer  
Psychotherapist   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  

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This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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