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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant


Course Code:  5M2009 ECS2
Award Code(s):  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is aimed at learners who are interested in the special needs area of early years care and education. Learners will be provided with the basic practical skills and underpinning knowledge, including Solta and Aistear, to fulfil the role of Special Needs Assistant in schools, crches, playgroups etc.

The course also fosters communication and interpersonal skills with adults and children. Work Experience within a variety of Early Childhood Care and Education situations forms an integral part of the course.

 

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

Early Childhood Education & Play
Early Care and Education Practice
Child Development
Child Health and Wellbeing
Understanding Special Needs
Infant & Toddler Years
Word Processing
Personal Effectiveness
Work Experience

 

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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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