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
  • 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.
  • 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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