QQI Special Needs Assisting course

QQI Special Needs Assistant course

Course Details

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study this Special Needs Assistant course flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

The aim of this Special Needs Assistant course is to enable learners to build the skills, knowledge and competencies required to assist children with special needs. The programme will ensure that learners: (1) understand the role of the SNA, the difference between Integration and Inclusion and legislation relating to SNA in Ireland, (2) can understand and apply theories and curriculum models which relate to SNA; interventions, assistance and supports; behaviour management and learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility, (3) understand Individual Educational Plans, their role, and the importance of the Multi-disciplinary team in devising Individual Education Plans, and (4) can identify and apply skills required to implement Special Needs curriculum; and strategies for dealing with Stressors within the work place.

By choosing to study this Special Needs Assistant course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You 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  / SNA.
  • 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 / Prerequisites
  • Leaving Cert or equivalent, and/or relevant Life or Work Experience.
  • Learners will be required to undertake a skills demonstration so must have access to a registered childcare or education setting, implementing the national curriculum, where they can provide care for an individual(s) with special educational needs for a minimum of 20 hours.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>
  • For more details on the suitability of this course click here>
How CMIT eLearning Works…

Topics covered in this Special Needs Assistant course

Unit 1: Introduction to Special Needs Assistant

  • What is Special Needs Assistant
  • The Difference between Integration and Inclusion in Special Needs Assisting
  • Current legislation relating to Special Needs Assistant education and provision in Ireland
  • Educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs

Unit 2: SNA Curriculum and Interventions

  • Theories and Curriculum Models
  • Interventions, assistance and supports
  • Behaviour Management in Special Needs Assisting
  • Learning opportunities in order to promote independence and responsibility

Unit 3: Individual Educational Plans

  • Individual Educational Plans in Special Needs Assisting
  • Examples of Individual Educational Plans in Special Needs Assisting
  • The importance of the Multi-disciplinary team in devising Individual Education Plans

Unit 4: Personal Skill Development

  • Skills required to implement Special Needs curriculum
  • Strategies for dealing with Stressors within the work place
Assessment
  • This Special Needs Assistant course is assessed through completion of a project and a skills demonstration.  The skills demonstration will require learners to be working in a child education or childcare setting where they can provide a minimum of 20 hours assistance to an individual with additional needs.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.
Transfer and Progression to Further Studies
  • This Special Needs Assistant course leads to a Level 6 component award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this level 6 component certificate as credit towards the following QQI Major Award: Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007). For more details contact us.
Accreditation
  • Following successful completion, you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Special Needs Assisting (6N1957).
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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by Student August 2017 on Aug 21 2017 10:46

I would recommend this course to others. I found it very interesting.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student August 2017 on Aug 10 2017 09:58

I have just completed QQI course in ECCE. I really enjoyed it. Tutors were great and the manuals provides were a great help. I was more than happy to do another course and I will consider doing more too.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student August 2017 on Aug 2 2017 10:51

It was very easy to access the work and gain helpful assistance from tutors without having to take time from my work and home life to travel to a college. The course content was good. I have a level 8 in early childhood education and care so I have already covered much of the information from this course . The section on IEPs was particularly helpful.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student August 2017 on Aug 2 2017 10:49

Completely online no traveling once a month or once a week to a classroom as I did not have time to do this.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student July 2017 on Jul 11 2017 12:11

As i found it easier to access the online course than travelling to a classroom based course, i can still do my daily tasks without missing any of the course, i can do it in my own time, day/night. there is no time restrictions other than the course completion date.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student July 2017 on Jul 7 2017 10:17

I really enjoyed the course, the tutor was very helpful. would diffidently recommend the CMIT on line courses to other people.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student July 2017 on Jul 3 2017 10:17

Course was very interesting and content useful.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student June 2017 on Jun 21 2017 09:50

Very well laid out and simple to read.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student June 2017 on Jun 20 2017 14:43

Enjoyed the course and learned even more skills that I already had.
 
 
 
 
 

by Student June 2017 on Jun 19 2017 10:32

Very interesting and factual. So happy I chose this course. I will be recommending CMIT to friends and family.
 
 
 
 
 
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