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Deirdre Kelleher
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Deirdre Kelleher 1998 Graduate
Deirdre Kelleher (9428895 – I can still remember, is that a bad/good thing!!!)


MSEN BA HDE Grad Dip (primary teaching), Grad Dip (SEN)


Born and bred in Cork and still living in Cork! A true Corkonian! (Albeit attached to a Man from Wicklow!)


Studied at other universities DCU, UCD and St Pats but particularly liked the warm, friendly atmosphere in MIC. When I was studying for the BA it was pretty new to the college to have undergraduates that were not necessarily doing the BEd and I’m sure this bought its own challenges, learning curve for lecturers and students alike. I have been back to MIC to complete various courses the post grad (primary) and the grad dip (special ed) all of which have lead me towards my current position as assistant national coordinator with the Special Education Support Service ( However I think the first step taken towards my current position was when I went to Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire, USA, for 3rd year as part requirement of the BA. There I worked as a teachers assistant with pupils with a variety of special educational needs and there I realised I wanted to work in the teaching field. I subsequently acquired my HDip in UCD and after teaching in the post primary sector also completed the post-grad (primary teaching) in MIC. I have since acquired a Masters in Special Educational Needs, subsequent to completing the Grad Dip in SEN in MIC and feel that both my academic experience in MIC and my practical experience teaching in a variety of settings and sectors have all lent themselves to my current role.


So what do I do? I’m an assistant National Coordinator with the Special Education Support Service. The SESS aims to provide professional development and support for school personnel working with pupils and students with special educational needs in a variety of educational settings including mainstream primary, post-primary, special schools and special classes. The In-Career Development Unit of the Department of Education and Science established the Special Education Support Service (SESS) in September 2003. The service will, as appropriate, consolidate, co-ordinate, develop and deliver a range of professional development initiatives and support structures. It is a challenging but very rewarding job particularly as this time in educational developments where we see Special Education as being highly important.




Positives for me As a Student

Negatives For Me as A Student

  • Knowing so many faces and people as it was a small college
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Travelling abroad for my 3rdyear as part of the BA programme
  • Fennessys and Paddy Punches!
  • Tropics on a Thursday night
  • Still knowing so many people and having great friends from the courses I attended in MIC
  • Being a member of the Students Union when doing the BA
  • Mystery tours organised by the Ents officers (esp the ones to Clare in the aftermath of them winning their first all-Ireland)
  • The detailed knowledge and expertise of the lecturers
  • The two ladies who were in reception, Jean and Ina I think, they knew everyone!
  • Being able to complete the post-grad in Special Educational Needs while also teaching and retaining ones job
  • Knowing so many faces and people as it was a small college (Couldn’t get away with a thing!)
  • The limited male population!
  • Negative Marking (introduced when we were in 4thyear Geography). Is it still there?
  • Being as I am not the most agile, having to do a gymnastics demonstration as part of the post-grad was a particular challenge!
  • Dreading placements for teaching practice

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