My name is Róisín Flanagan and I am from Ireland. Up until very recently, I was working as a primary school teacher in Co.Dublin. My undergraduate qualification is a B.Ed in Education and Psychology (Level 8). Having graduated with first class honours, I began my teaching career as a mainstream class teacher.
Like in many modern Irish classrooms, the children I was teaching were of a broad spectrum of ability coming from varying socioeconomic backgrounds with differing cultures, creeds, talents, learning styles and educational needs. The inclusion of each of these children was central to the ethos of our school and to my own personal ethos as a teacher. For this reason, I decided to pursue the Professional Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education run in partnership with ICEP Europe and DCU, to continue my professional development part-time. Having completed the course as far as certificate level, I undertook a resource teaching position in my school to put my newly acquired skills and knowledge into practice. In my new position, the course allowed me to carry out some small-scale research in special education under the supervision of a very dedicated supervisor and to boost my qualification to diploma level. The application process was very easy and the course allowed me to choose modules that were of interest to me. I could complete the modules in my own spare time whenever it suited me, engaging in interactive lectures through the live classroom from the comfort of my own home. All of the lecturers were really helpful and the knowledge I gained was applicable to my practice as both a mainstream and special education teacher. Above all else, the course boosted my confidence in my own ability to cater to the social, emotional and behavioural needs of all children, but more specifically those with special educational needs. It was something I found really beneficial and fulfilling and I would recommend it to anyone.
The Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education served as the perfect stepping stone into my current endeavours. I am now undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology in University College Dublin and pursuing a career as an Educational Psychologist. I have brought with me plenty of experience and knowledge I gained through my study in DCU and in practice as a teacher.
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