UEL and ICEP Europe offer quality programmes in special education needs in the UK, Ireland and internationally. The online Masters in Special and Additional Learning Needs, has been developed jointly by The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (UEL), and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe. The programme aims to build upon participants’ existing skills and competencies, and enhance the quality of education for children and young people with special and additional learning needs in a variety of settings. This international programme is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings. The overall aim is to build the capacity of teachers and other professionals to respond effectively to the diverse educational needs of all learners.
The Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe (ICEP Europe) offer two Special Educational Needs programmes in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University. Both programmes are ideal for those working with children and young people who have diverse learning needs.
The programmes are relevant for teachers, Special Needs Assistants (SNAs), Learning Support/Resource Teachers as well as other professionals (e.g. educational psychologists, social care workers, support staff working in primary, secondary or early year’s settings). The virtual learning environment allows for extensive collaboration with SEN professionals both in Ireland, the UK and internationally.
ICEP Europe has a continuing professional relationship with DCU, Institute of Education, formerly St Patrick’s College. ICEP Europe developed one of the world’s first online courses on autism in partnership with St Patrick’s and this initiative was supported and part funded by the Government of Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills under the National Development Plan. In 2007, ICEP Europe partnered again with St Patricks, Special Education Department to offer teachers an Online Certificate/Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education. This Certificate/Diploma course is officially accredited by Dublin City University. The course is part funded by the Special Education Support Service, Teacher Education Section, DES, under the National Development Plan.
In 2007, ICEP Europe further developed its partnership links through a joint collaboration with Queens University Belfast, School of Education by offering The Advanced Diploma in Professional Development (Adv Dip PD) Inclusive Education, which specialises in professional development in the areas of special needs and psychology. The Diploma course commences twice yearly – September & January. The online nature of the course was a new provision format for the School of Education. The Advanced Diploma in Professional Development (Adv Dip PD) Inclusive Education is designed to equip teachers with the skills needed to teach pupils with special or additional learning needs
Down Syndrome Ireland promotes inclusion, equality and choices for people with Down syndrome and their families. The ICEP Europe Down Syndrome CPD course was developed in collaboration with DSI and is designed to enable teachers to respond effectively to the unique and individual learning needs of those with Down syndrome.