The College of Progressive Education

Leading providers of QQI Accredited Childcare CoursesMontessori CoursesHealthcare Courses and Special Needs Assistant Training


We’ll help you get the Childcare qualification you need. With excellent teachers delivering recognised Childcare training courses, we have the expertise to get you well on your way.

SNA courses, Special Needs Assistant Courses


We’ve been delivering SNA training for twenty years.  With our courses you will be classroom ready & proficient in the care of students with special needs

Montessori Courses, Montesori courses, Montessori Teaching Courses


Montessori training courses for teaching the Montessori Method. Many of our graduates have opened their own Montessori pre-schools. 

Healthcare Courses

Nursing Studies, Healthcare Support, Care of the Older Person. We can further your skills through  full and part-time healthcare courses.



For College of Progressive Education and the course for the Healthcare Assistant I have only good words to say. We had brilliant teachers who taught us many practical and useful things which I applied immediately when I started working. They were helpful and had a lot of patience. Any course I would be interested in in the future I would always check if College of Progressive Education has it. I had no problem finding a job and was offered a job even before I finished my course. You taught me a lot and equipped me with a knowledge which can never go away, with which I can help people and which makes me a better person. Thank you, I am eternally grateful.

Ivan Vrnoga

I knew very quickly after the course commenced that I had made the right decision to gain qualifications in Special Needs Assisting.  Our Tutor was very engaging and the course materials are very comprehensive.  It was my first time back in a classroom situation for 20 years+ and it gave me a lot of confidence.

Brenda Hoey

An enormous part of the course success was due to my tutor Karen Higgins, she was very supportive and motivating in class and online. Any question no matter how big or small was answered within the hour. She was always willing to give you extra help and encouragement. Karen’s knowledge of not only Montessori but childcare in general was invaluable. I would have no hesitation recommending the College of Progressive Education to anyone interested in working in early childcare education.

Louise Farrelly, Brightsparks Montessori



Healthcare Courses, Healthcare Training

New Level 6 Healthcare Course

Our new part-time healthcare course “Health Services Supervisory Management Skills”, Begins March 2016. Enrol now. For more information on the Health Services Supervisory Management Skills course click here For the full range of Healthcare Courses delivered by The College of Progressive Education click here  


New SNA Posts announced by Government

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today welcomed the Cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015 reflecting the government’s commitment to ensure that every child with an assessed need has access to a SNA. The additional allocation follows a significant increase in assessed need, […]

Learner Fund 4 Courses

Learner Fund 4 Applications

Learner Fund 4 Applications are now being accepted by POBAL up to and including March 10th (18:00hrs) 2016. Under the terms of the fund, all courses should be completed by June 2017 and allow the Learner to achieve a major award at Level 6 on the NFQ. Please note that there is a limit of […]


Full Time CoursesThe College of Progressive Education

Full-time Programmes in Child Care, SNA (Special Needs Assistants) training, Montessori Teaching, and Healthcare. These programmes take place over one academic year.  Students attend class for the first three weeks of the course, then subsequent weeks alternate between work placement and the classroom until the end of the programme.  Assessment takes place both on a continuous basis, as well as structured assessments at the end of relevant modules.
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Part Time CoursesThe College of Progressive Education

Part -time major award are typically evening or Saturday courses and are 12-18 months duration.  Students attend class two evenings per week from 7pm – 9.30pm and a number of Saturdays, depending on the programme.  Assessments take place on the Saturdays Seminars. Course materials for some programmes are accessed through Moodle, an online learning portal.
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Blended LearningThe COllege of Progressive Education

The blended learning programmes are delivered over a two year period for Childcare & Montessori and 6-10 months for SNA.  Childcare & Montessori Students access their course materials through Moodle, an online learning portal. Tutors are available to answer queries for two hours, one evening per week by telephone and at anytime via email. Students attend a number of Saturday Seminars….
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The majority of the College programmes are accredited by QQI at Level 5 or 6 to ensure learners meet or exceed the legislative requirements of the workplace. All our programmes are designed to prepare the learner for the workplace. 

Visit the QQI web site here to find out more about QQI awards and what they can do for you.