Professional Development

National Training Programme for Special Needs Assistants

A new National Training Programme for SNAs was announced by Minister for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD  on 28th September 2020. This is the first dedicated national training programme for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). It will be delivered by UCD and funded by the Department of Education at no cost to the SNA.

The new online programme for SNAs will begin in January 2021 and will consist of five modules delivered over a ten-month period covering inclusion, communications and language, a range of special needs and information on caring for students with additional care needs.

Application Forms and Information Booklets will be available on UCD School of Education website prior to the application open date of 1st October 2020.

Closing date for applications is 16 November 2020.

Further Information

See Frequently Asked Questions document here.

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