This is a 45 credit in-service Specialist CPD University Certificate for teachers who work with learners who have a recognised Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PMLD). It allows a teacher to become an SEN Subject Specialist. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education and Skills and incorporates the 2014 Education and Training (ETF) teacher teaching standards. It is recommended for both teachers and Additional Support staff. It is suitable for any person who delivers in whole or part to learners with a recognised disability. This course will provide specialist professional training in the subject knowledge for staff working with Disabled Learners in post-compulsory education. Although applicants should be aware that all teachers of SEN learners are required to gain a full initial teaching qualification (CertEd/PGCE) in addition.
This is a 1 year part-time course and weekly attendance is required. The course covers the following areas:
• Impact of a specific impairment
• How to investigate effective practice in a specialist area
• Investigate practice in a specialist area
• Key theories and research
• Impact of policy and regulatory frameworks on provision
• Knowledge of Disabilities
• Learners and their needs
• Planning and delivery
• Reflecting, evaluating and improving own practice
Professional Formation for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning and FE Sector (QTLS/ATLS).
Most of the taught sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work, assignment or presentation that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. All assessments are subject to moderation by the University and also by an external moderator.
There will be a practice requirement as this qualification will assess and provide evidence of competence in a teaching, training or additional support role. Learners will require 50 hours of practice with trainees observed and assessed a minimum of four times, covering a minimum of four hours.
1. Case Study: 2,000 word Assignment
2. Literature Review: 2,000 word Assignment
3. Action Research: 3,000-5,000 words & presentation
4. Teaching File (Including Observation of Teachin