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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant

Code:  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

This course is aimed at learners who are interested in the special needs area of early years care and education.

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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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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

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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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