CMIT launch new QQI Special Needs Assistant course

By Anne Sexton - Last update

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CMIT have recently launched a new QQI Special Needs Assistant (SNA) course. This is a distance learning and QQI accredited course. As a result, students can study flexibly and can gain a nationally accredited qualification.

What you will learn

The aim of this Special Needs Assistant course is to enable learners to build the skills, knowledge and competences required to assist children with special needs.

The programme will ensure that learners:

  • Will understand the role of the SNA, as well as the difference between integration and inclusion and legislation relating to SNA in Ireland
  • Can apply theories and curriculum models which relate to SNA; interventions, assistance and supports; behaviour management in addition to learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility
  • Understand Individual Educational Plans and their role, as well as the importance of the multidisciplinary team in devising Individual Education Plans
  • Will be able to identify and also apply skills required to implement Special Needs curriculum; and strategies for dealing with stressors within the workplace

About studying with CMIT

Students will have 24/7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive course manual as well as video, quizzes and personalised tutor support. Students will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. Furthermore, participants can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this course?

  • Those who wish to pursue a career as a Special Needs Assistant
  • Teachers, childcare workers/supervisors and others who work with children with special needs
  • People who wish to gain an accredited qualification and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert or equivalent, and/or relevant life or work experience

Learners will be required to undertake a skills demonstration. Therefore, they must have access to a registered childcare or education setting where they can provide care for an individual(s) with special educational needs for a minimum of 20 hours.

Students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland.





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