Taught course

Special Education: Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Education
Qualifications
MEdPGDip

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a first degree or diploma (or equivalent) or 5 years relevant professional experience.

Those wishing to gain recognition from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as a qualified teacher of the deaf must be teachers who are qualified to teach learners in England (from 0 to 25 years of age). Additionally, they are expected to have a minimum of two years teaching or other appropriate professional experience prior to commencing the programme. In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered from those who do not meet this criterion. Please note that for enrollment onto this course, Early Years Teaching Status does NOT count as qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course is designed for practising teachers, and some of the course materials are written in a way that assumes regular contact with deaf pupils. Applicants who do not have regular contact with deaf pupils will need to establish links with a local school for the deaf, resource base or service for deaf pupils during the programme to enable them to carry out some of the required activities.

If you wish to gain the mandatory qualification and you do not have regular contact with deaf pupils, you will normally be required to complete a period of ten days observation in an educational setting for deaf pupils in addition to the normal periods of assessed teaching. Each case will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This distance learning course for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment is the largest in the UK and one of the leading programmes in this field both nationally and internationally.

Our MEd/Postgraduate Diploma for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment course aims to meet the needs of the wide range of people working with deaf children. The Mandatory qualification, which has been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), is open to teachers who are qualified to teach learners in England (from 0 to 25 years of age) and it aims to equip teachers who are already qualified to teach learners in England to meet the relevant standards to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Special Education for the Education of Learners with a hearing impairment, is also open to other professionals who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status – for example lecturers of deaf students, communication support workers and educational psychologists. If you are not a qualified teacher of school-aged pupils, you may take this award but will not be eligible to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status from the NCTL.

If you successfully complete all modules for the Postgraduate Diploma you may choose to transfer to the MEd.

This course will:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills to effectively support the development of children and young people between 0-25 and their families
  • Create career prospects for practitioners looking to work as qualified teachers of the deaf in a range of educational settings
  • Pave the way to progression to PhD study for those who wish to pursue higher study

Awards

The course is available at more than one entry level. The lectures, seminars and online content contains the same material for everyone but participants studying at different levels are expected to respond to ideas and concepts differently. Further reading and critical analysis is required at M level.

PGDip: Special Education. Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent) and hold a Qualified Teacher Status. The PGDip is taken over 24 months and consists of 4 modules (20 credits each), together with the Teaching and Learning module (40 credits) and Teaching Placement module (20 credits) (Total of 140 credits).

PGDip: Special Education. Education of Learners with Hearing Impairment

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The PGDip is taken over 24 months and consists of 4 modules (20 credits each), together with the Teaching and Learning module (40 credits) (Total of 120 credits).

MEd

The Level M Masters of Education (MEd) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The MEd is taken over 36 months part-time. It consists of 4 modules (20 credits each), plus the Teaching and Learning module (40 credits), then the module ‘Practitioner Inquiry in Education’ (research proposal) plus a dissertation (Total of 180 credits).

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,540
International students
£6,810

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEd
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)121 414 4876