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The Leeds programme offers an MA in Deaf Education over two years that combines face-to-face with online learning and support. Read more
The Leeds programme offers an MA in Deaf Education over two years that combines face-to-face with online learning and support. The programme, approved by the Department for Education (DFE) to offer the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners.

The programme combines a strong research base with input from highly qualified and experienced practitioners in the field. It is delivered within a research intensive environment that prioritises working partnerships with schools/services and other stakeholders through collaborative research and professional development activities.

Central to the programme is an understanding that the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive development and access to the curriculum must be an educational priority for all deaf learners. Individual residual hearing and auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised in relation to the communicative and educational demands of the context, so that advances in personal hearing technologies and the latest thinking on optimal classroom management can be put into practice.

Unique to this programme is recognition of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives. Through consideration of the roles of sign and spoken languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies in deaf children’s lives and education, you will develop a broad language base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication needs.

The MA Deaf Education comprises four core modules delivered across two years. Your first module will be either Deafness and Development or Educational Audiology, depending on when you commence your studies.

Educational Audiology explores the full audiological implications of deafness in both social and educational settings. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the auditory system and gain practical experience of assessment procedures, and the implementation of audiological support programmes. You will gain an understanding of the effective use of all classroom related audiological and amplification systems, and ways in which different technologies maximise the use of audition.

Learning and Teaching considers the implications of deafness for individual learning and achievement, and explores ways in which teaching, learning and assessment opportunities can be maximised to facilitate pupil progress. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of ways in which the environment and the use of technology can contribute to the learning experience. You will develop skills in individual planning and the monitoring and assessment of learning, and how this is shared with other professionals, parents and deaf learners.

Deafness and Development focuses on child and language development and the potential impact of deafness on early childhood experiences and development. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of the language, communication and interaction issues associated with childhood deafness, and implications for cognitive development and social- emotional well-being. You will develop skills in assessing and developing the language of deaf learners and flexible approaches to meeting the language needs of deaf learners in the classroom.

The Context of Deaf Education provides you with an in-depth understanding of the current legislative and educational context for deaf education. This includes current statutory frameworks as well as in-school evaluation and improvement processes. As part of this module you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience of the different types of settings in deaf education and to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to support learners across the range of specialist and mainstream models of provision.

To receive the MA qualification you will also complete a research-based Dissertation. This is an independent piece of work that allows you to study a topic related to your own interests and to make a genuine contribution to the field. This aspect of the programme is supported by an online research methods module, two face-to-face study days, regional tutorials and individual supervision.

If you are working towards the Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) award, you will also build a Professional Skills Portfolio throughout the two years. This applied aspect of the programme allows you to acquire and demonstrate the mandatory teaching, communication and audiological skills required of a ToD.

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The MSc in Deaf Education gives you the opportunity to develop research skills within this area of expertise and also provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. Read more
The MSc in Deaf Education gives you the opportunity to develop research skills within this area of expertise and also provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It delivers an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children.

The course places a strong emphasis on translation of theory to practice. The rapid developments in audiology, and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice, make this an exciting area of study. The course has DfES/TDA approval, which meets the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

If you already hold the PGDip in Deaf Education, an additional module is available to allow you to gain an MSc, including Research Methods and a Dissertation.

Aims

This course aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure deaf children are able to achieve their full potential.

Special features

The course is delivered by a multi-professional team within a highly specialised and internationally recognised department.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used including written assignments, case reports, practical work and practical delivery of work.

As part of the course, there are opportunities for formative assessments that help to shape individual studies but do not contribute to the final marks.

The dissertation may be in the form of:
-A systematic review
-A detailed critical review of a school/service
-A theoretical review
-A quantitative study
-A metasynthesis
-A policy review

Career opportunities

The majority of students who graduate from the MSc or Diploma in Deaf Education progress to a career teaching deaf children. This is a diverse remit and a teacher of the deaf may work in a school for the deaf, a unit or resourced provision, at primary or secondary level, or a specialist nursery class. They may also act as peripatetic support to deaf learners in mainstream classes, or early years child and family support, often moving through a range of these roles throughout their career.

Career opportunities can also include a move into academic research and higher education if that is an interest. There are a small but growing number of teachers of the deaf who take time out to work abroad (eg through UN or V.S.O.) supporting services in developing countries.

Accrediting organisations

-Teacher Development Agency

Associated organisations

-British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
-The National Deaf Children's Society

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Our PGDip in Deaf Education provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It delivers an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children. Read more
Our PGDip in Deaf Education provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It delivers an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children.

The course places a strong emphasis on translation of theory to practice. The rapid developments in audiology, and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice, make this an exciting area of study. The course has DfES/TDA approval, which meets the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

Aims

This course aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure deaf children are able to achieve their full potential.

Special features

This course is delivered by a multi-professionals in a highly specialised and internationally recognised team.

Teaching and learning

In addition to the full-time option, the University offers an on-campus option (2 years part-time) or an e-blended learning and distance learning course (2 years part-time) to make the course as accessible and flexible as possible.

The e-blended course is a new option offering online and written materials with 2x3 days on campus per year. All students undertake two placement blocks with a total of eight weeks on placement over the course of study.

All on-campus students are also required to attend a weekend workshop (this is optional for students undertaking the e-blended course). The weekend provides an opportunity to meet a range of professionals, to extend knowledge and understanding, to exchange ideas and to establish a strong group identity. It is based in a well-appointed University conference centre in Manchester.

Career opportunities

The majority of students who graduate from the Diploma in Deaf Education progress to a career teaching deaf children. This is a diverse remit and a teacher of the deaf may work in a school for the deaf, a unit or resourced provision, at primary or secondary level, or a specialist nursery class. They may also act as peripatetic support to deaf learners in mainstream classes, or early years child and family support, often moving through a range of these roles throughout their career.

Accrediting organisations

-Teacher Development Agency.

Associated organisations

-British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)
-National Deaf Children's Society

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Our Additional Support for Learning programmes are designed to meet the needs of practising teachers and other professionals. This programme aims to build on your existing knowledge and experience to take you to the level of specialist in the education of deaf children and young people. Read more

Programme Description

Our Additional Support for Learning programmes are designed to meet the needs of practising teachers and other professionals.

This programme aims to build on your existing knowledge and experience to take you to the level of specialist in the education of deaf children and young people.

Whatever the context – mainstream school, peripatetic teacher of deaf children, working in a resource base in a school or a school for deaf children – you will develop the critical understanding necessary to interpret the different constructions of deafness, and use audiological information and language assessments to devise appropriate support for deaf children.

You will build your collaborative skills, and examine the use and potential of both spoken and sign language in strategies for deaf education.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars, small-group discussions and skill-development sessions.

Some courses are offered in e-learning or blended learning format, combining on-campus and online study.

All the programme's courses are studied part time, and you can select individual courses for your CPD needs, complete 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate, or complete 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career opportunities

The skills you gain with this qualification will enhance your confidence and ability in taking on a wider range of roles as a teacher of deaf learners.

Should you complete the MEd, you may choose to continue on to an advanced research degree, e.g. EdD.

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The master of science degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepares students to meet the national need for teachers of secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read more
The master of science degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepares students to meet the national need for teachers of secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program prepares teachers not only as effective and ethical practitioners but also as scholars and leaders in the profession.

Faculty members are international leaders in research and are highly skilled in the education of deaf people. A carefully designed system of faculty advisement is a prominent feature of the program. On-campus facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and a well-established system of educational access services combine to make this a vital program for both deaf and hearing students who desire careers as professional educators of deaf students.

Plan of study

Course work requires a minimum of four semesters. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained. Before graduation, students are expected to have at least intermediate-level signing skills as determined by a Sign Language Proficiency Interview.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,

- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher,

- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,

- Have a basic knowledge of American Sign Language as measured by a departmental skill assessment, or willingness to take American Sign Language I (or its equivalent) at NTID or another college prior to beginning the program,

- Have a level of writing proficiency appropriate to graduate study as indicated by a review of undergraduate writing-intensive courses and an expository essay,

- Submit letters of reference and an expository essay that indicates evidence of professional commitment and potential for success in the program,

- Submit scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE),

- Participate in an individual interview, and

- Complete a graduate application.

- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (Internet-based) are required.

Additionally, 30 semester credit hours in a content area are required by the New York State Education Department for initial certification to teach a secondary (grades 7–12) content area. Students who do not have the required number of hours must complete the additional credits before applying for New York State certification. Secondary academic subjects include American Sign Language, English, mathematics, social studies, or science. Please note: The social studies content area includes economics and government, and at least 21 semester hours in the history and geography of the United States and the world.

Additional information

- Financial Aid

NTID graduate tuition rates are less than one-half of RIT’s tuition. Approximately 70 percent of students enrolled in the MS program in secondary education receive some type of financial assistance each year. Students complete only the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, federal loan programs may be available.

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The MSc Deaf Education (full course) provides an opportunity to develop research skills within the field of deaf education as well as providing training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. Read more
The MSc Deaf Education (full course) provides an opportunity to develop research skills within the field of deaf education as well as providing training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It provides an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children.

The course places a strong emphasis on translation of theory to practice. The rapid developments in audiology, and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice, make this an exciting area of study. The course has DfE/TDA approval meeting, the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

For students who already hold the PG Diploma in Deaf Education, an additional module is available to allow students to gain an MSc, including Research Methods and a Dissertation.

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The postgraduate diploma in Deaf Education provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It provides an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children. Read more
The postgraduate diploma in Deaf Education provides training for qualified teachers who want to work within deaf education. It provides an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children.

The course places a strong emphasis on translation of theory to practice. The rapid developments in audiology, and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice, make this an exciting area of study. The course has DfES/TDA approval meeting the requirements of the mandatory qualification.

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This specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies is unique amongst existing Master’s degrees in including components in the psychology and linguistics and neuroscience of deafness and sign language, taught by staff at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. Read more
This specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies is unique amongst existing Master’s degrees in including components in the psychology and linguistics and neuroscience of deafness and sign language, taught by staff at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. Students also have the opportunity to study introductory British Sign Language.

Degree information

Students take a set of core modules and then specialise in linguistics, psychology of language, and/or interpreting. In selecting the modules for specialisation, students are able to take full advantage of the breadth of expertise in language research in the UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two mandatory modules (45 credits), three specialisation modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of two mandatory modules (45 credits), four core modules (60 credits), and one optional module (15 credits) is also offered. A Postgraduate Certificate of four mandatory modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules
-Introduction to the Brain and Imaging
-Research Methods: Principles, Skills and Applications

Specialisation modules - students take four specialisation modules, students who already hold BSL CACDP Level 1 or equivalent choose three specialisation modules and two optional modules:
-Introduction to British Sign Language
-Deafness: Cognition and Language
-Linguistics of Sign Languages
-Introduction to Deafhood

Optional modules - students then select one optional module from all those offered within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Director (students who already hold BSL level one or equivalent select two). Recommendations include:
-Foundations of Linguistics
-Historical and Social Context of Interpreting
-Interaction and Language Management of Interpreting
-Introduction to Children’s Language Development
-Multimodal Communication and Cognition
-Sociolinguistics

Not all modules will run every year, some modules may require a minimum number of registered students.

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project in an area of Language Science which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some modules also involve workshops or practical classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework, examinations and the research dissertation.

Careers

The majority of students who graduate from Language Sciences MSc programmes go on to further study or research. Recent graduates have gone on to PhD study in UCL, and other UK and overseas institutions. Others have gone to work in related industries, for example in speech technology industries, cochlear implants manufacturers, and in education. The skills that the MSc develops - independent research, presentation skills, and statistics - are transferable and very highly sought outside of academia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The division undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language. Staff and students benefit from cutting-edge resources including extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

The Language Sciences MSc provides the opportunity for in-depth study of one or more areas of the Language Sciences. The programme is an 'umbrella degree', with a number of specialisation strands that follow a common structure.

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The MSc Audiology programme here at Manchester is unique to the UK in that the students learning will NOT be restricted to the study of audiology. Read more
The MSc Audiology programme here at Manchester is unique to the UK in that the students learning will NOT be restricted to the study of audiology. Students will also get the opportunity to study Neurosensory Science (audiological science, neurophysiological science, ophthalmic and vision science).This will provide students with a wide appreciation of the many related specialisms and a more holistic view of the areas which contribute to high-quality care. The MSc Audiology represents a partnership between the Universities and NHS, with practicing clinical staff delivering some components of the programme. Input from clinical staff is important and enriches the programme by ensuring students are taught by acknowledged experts in the theory and practice of Neurosensory Sciences in the modern health service. The MSc Audiology programme also offers students the opportunity to spend time in an NHS clinical placement, providing the opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice.

Please be aware that programme provides students with an academic MSc ONLY further clinical training or qualifications may be required to become a qualified Audiologist. These requirements vary from country to country so we encourage any potential applicants to check with these requirements with the Health Service in their country before applying.

The MSc Audiology Programme at Manchester may also be beneficial (but is not limited) to to the following Professionals:-

Community Paediatricians who wish to specialise in Audiology, or who wish to extend their knowledge and experience in the field.
Audiological Physicians in training grades.
Teachers of the Deaf.
Speech and Language Therapists wishing to extend their knowledge and experience or in order to develop a role as an Audiologist in Education Services.

Course Units

Vestibular Assessment and Management
Neurosensory Science
Paediatric Audiology
Professional Practice
Research Methods and Statistics
Adult Auditory Assessment and Management
Clinical Applications of Neurosensory Science
Dissertation


The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies and presentations, seminars, practical classes and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS.
Coursework and Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examinations, assignments, placement report, clinical log book and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations).

Why Study Audiology at Manchester?
The University of Manchester (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/) is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It is the largest single-site university in the UK being situated within an easy walking distance of the city centre.

The Human Communication and Deafness Section (HCD) was founded as the Department of Education of the Deaf in 1919 by Sir James E Jones, in memory of his deaf son, Ellis Llywd Jones, and was one of the first such departments in the world. For nearly 100 years, Manchester has continued to be an international leader in Deaf Education and Audiology. The Deaf Education Programme –founded in 1919 was the first University based professional training programme in the UK, and Manchester currently has the only Professor of Deaf Education in the UK

Our research underpins, and is informed by our leading role in audiology education and audiological service delivery in the UK. Our multidisciplinary research team includes professionals in audiology, deaf education and medicine, in addition to scientists’ expert in psychophysics, electrophysiology, signal processing and neural imaging.
Further information on modules and the degree structure available on the department web site: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/02087/audiology-msc/

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The MSc Audiology programme here at Manchester is unique to the UK in that the students learning will NOT be restricted to the study of audiology. Read more
The MSc Audiology programme here at Manchester is unique to the UK in that the students learning will NOT be restricted to the study of audiology. Students will also get the opportunity to study Neurosensory Science (audiological science, neurophysiological science, ophthalmic and vision science).This will provide students with a wide appreciation of the many related specialisms and a more holistic view of the areas which contribute to high-quality care. The MSc Audiology represents a partnership between the Universities and NHS, with practicing clinical staff delivering some components of the programme. Input from clinical staff is important and enriches the programme by ensuring students are taught by acknowledged experts in the theory and practice of Neurosensory Sciences in the modern health service. The MSc Audiology programme also offers students the opportunity to spend time in an NHS clinical placement, providing the opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice.

Please be aware that programme provides students with an academic MSc ONLY further clinical training or qualifications may be required to become a qualified Audiologist. These requirements vary from country to country so we encourage any potential applicants to check with these requirements with the Health Service in their country before applying.

The MSc Audiology Programme at Manchester may also be beneficial (but is not limited) to to the following Professionals:-

Community Paediatricians who wish to specialise in Audiology, or who wish to extend their knowledge and experience in the field.
Audiological Physicians in training grades.
Teachers of the Deaf.
Speech and Language Therapists wishing to extend their knowledge and experience or in order to develop a role as an Audiologist in Education Services.

Course Units

Vestibular Assessment and Management
Neurosensory Science
Paediatric Audiology
Professional Practice
Research Methods and Statistics
Adult Auditory Assessment and Management
Clinical Applications of Neurosensory Science
Dissertation


The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies and presentations, seminars, practical classes and in-service clinical placements within accredited audiology departments in the NHS.
Coursework and Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examinations, assignments, placement report, clinical log book and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations).

Why Study Audiology at Manchester?
The University of Manchester (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/) is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It is the largest single-site university in the UK being situated within an easy walking distance of the city centre.

The Human Communication and Deafness Section (HCD) was founded as the Department of Education of the Deaf in 1919 by Sir James E Jones, in memory of his deaf son, Ellis Llywd Jones, and was one of the first such departments in the world. For nearly 100 years, Manchester has continued to be an international leader in Deaf Education and Audiology. The Deaf Education Programme –founded in 1919 was the first University based professional training programme in the UK, and Manchester currently has the only Professor of Deaf Education in the UK

Our research underpins, and is informed by our leading role in audiology education and audiological service delivery in the UK. Our multidisciplinary research team includes professionals in audiology, deaf education and medicine, in addition to scientists’ expert in psychophysics, electrophysiology, signal processing and neural imaging.
Further information on modules and the degree structure available on the department web site: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/02087/audiology-msc/

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The Special Education area concerns the habilitation and education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read more

Program Overview

The Special Education area concerns the habilitation and education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program also includes a focus on gifted and talented students. The master's programs focus on both research and practice. The M.A. is a research degree, appropriate preparation for doctoral studies, and incorporates a research thesis. The M. Ed. provides advanced professional preparation in areas of Special Education. Topics addressed in the master's programs include cognitive, language, and social development; learning and instructional design; and cultural and individual differences in relation to exceptional students.

UBC does not offer an undergraduate degree in special education.

The undergraduate courses in special education are open to students enrolled in the regular B.Ed. program or in one of the following post-B.Ed. special education programs: (1) Master of Education (M.Ed), (2) Master of Arts (M.A.), and (3) Diploma in Special Education. Most undergraduate courses are also available to Unclassified students.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Special Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Special Education

The Special Education program at UBC concerns the education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, gifts and talents, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Faculty are committed to promoting practices that facilitate inclusion, empowerment, and self-determination of individuals with disabilities and other special needs in home, school, and community settings.

Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively engage a range of diversity, expertise, and research endeavors to promote or enhance the learning and well-being of individuals with exceptionalities in home, school, and community settings.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply

1. Only university in the country to offer graduate coursework in special education across all areas of exceptionality.

2. Opportunities for practical experiences with a variety of district and community partnerships:
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Autism Community Training
- BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
- Blind Beginnings
- Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults
- Pacific Autism Family Centre
- Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired
- Provincial Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
- School Districts in the Lower Mainland and rural areas of BC
- Special Education Technology-BC
- Well-Being Program for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-blind
- Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3. We offer opportunities for research and funding through faculty partnerships.

4. We offer opportunities to change practice for the better through Special Education faculty initiatives.

5. Outstanding support through a world-class faculty and staff to guide you on your academic journey!

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The Special Education area concerns the habilitation and education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read more

Program Overview

The Special Education area concerns the habilitation and education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program also includes a focus on gifted and talented students. The master's programs focus on both research and practice. The M.A. is a research degree, appropriate preparation for doctoral studies, and incorporates a research thesis. The M. Ed. provides advanced professional preparation in areas of Special Education. Topics addressed in the master's programs include cognitive, language, and social development; learning and instructional design; and cultural and individual differences in relation to exceptional students.

UBC does not offer an undergraduate degree in special education.

The undergraduate courses in special education are open to students enrolled in the regular B.Ed. program or in one of the following post-B.Ed. special education programs: (1) Master of Education (M.Ed), (2) Master of Arts (M.A.), and (3) Diploma in Special Education. Most undergraduate courses are also available to Unclassified students.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Special Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Special Education

The Special Education program at UBC concerns the education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, gifts and talents, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Faculty are committed to promoting practices that facilitate inclusion, empowerment, and self-determination of individuals with disabilities and other special needs in home, school, and community settings.

Mission

Our mission is to collaboratively engage a range of diversity, expertise, and research endeavors to promote or enhance the learning and well-being of individuals with exceptionalities in home, school, and community settings.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply

1. Only university in the country to offer graduate coursework in special education across all areas of exceptionality.

2. Opportunities for practical experiences with a variety of district and community partnerships:
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Autism Community Training
- BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
- Blind Beginnings
- Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults
- Pacific Autism Family Centre
- Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired
- Provincial Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
- School Districts in the Lower Mainland and rural areas of BC
- Special Education Technology-BC
- Well-Being Program for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-blind
- Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3. We offer opportunities for research and funding through faculty partnerships.

4. We offer opportunities to change practice for the better through Special Education faculty initiatives.

5. Outstanding support through a world-class faculty and staff to guide you on your academic journey!

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This distance learning programme approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has been offered at the University of Birmingham since 1989. Read more
This distance learning programme approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has been offered at the University of Birmingham since 1989. It is open to teachers who are qualified to teach school-aged pupils who wish to gain the mandatory qualification of teacher of the deaf. The programme aims to equip teachers who are already qualified to teach school-aged children in England to meet the relevant NCTL standards to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status.

It 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. Applicants who are not qualified teachers of school-aged pupils may take the University (non mandatory) Award but will not be eligible to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status from the NCTL.

Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email, web based learning and online materials, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows students to learn with each other. Internet access is required for the programme. There is a University based study week in January each year, at which attendance is compulsory.

Students who successfully complete all modules for the Postgraduate Diploma may choose to transfer to the MEd.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

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The master of science in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments. Read more

Program overview

The master of science in health care interpretation is designed to meet the demand for nationally-certified sign language interpreters who wish to work in health care environments.

Health care interpreters work in various health care settings where hearing people and deaf or hard-of-hearing people need to interact and communicate. Interpreters may assist deaf patients and their families in understanding medical testing, treatments, and diagnoses; facilitate communication for deaf health care professionals with colleagues and patients; and/or provide interpretation for deaf individuals who are enrolled in health care-related degree programs or training courses designed to educate and prepare them for careers in health care-related professions. This unique program also prepares interpreters to work in administrative roles ensuring language access to patients in hospital settings. Successful completion of this program could lead to employment as a sign language health care interpreter and/or a language access coordinator of sign and spoken language interpreting services in one of the most important new fields of health care.

The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Curriculum

Health care interpretation, MS degree, typical course sequence:
First Year
-Professional Seminar (summer)
-Human Body Systems/Diseases I (summer)
-Theories of Translation and Interpretation (summer) 3
-Health Care Practical Interpreting I
-Human Body Systems/Diseases II
-Research Methods
-Health Care Practical Interpreting II
-Health Care Governance and Economics
-Human Resources in Health Care
Second Year
-Health Care Interpreting Within a Diverse Deaf Community (summer)
-Capstone Professional Project or Research Paper (summer)

Other admission requirements

-Submit an ASL interpretation sample (audio/video file or text translation will be provided).
-Submit two letters of reference from individuals who have had the opportunity to observe the applicant's interpreting work.
-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit a completed graduate application.
-Submit a personal statement describing the applicant's educational objectives.
-Provide proof of completion of a course in medical terminology. (This is required after admission to the program is offered. The course must be completed prior to the beginning of the summer session. This $99 self-paced online course is called Language of Medicine.)

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This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. Read more

Programme description

This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. You will study particular approaches to removing barriers to learning and including all children.

The programme has specific pathways for Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners), Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners) and Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners).
Programme structure

Compulsory courses:
Inclusive Pedagogy
Sources of knowledge
Conceptualising research

Option courses:
You will choose three option courses from this range:

Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
Collaborative working in children’s services
Education for all
Teachers as agents of change
Foundations of international child protection
Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (VI)
Inclusion of pupils with visual impairment
Cerebral VI and profound and multiple learning difficulties
Audiology and audiometry
Language and communication (deaf children)
The developing bilingual learner
Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia
Assessing pupils with visual impairment
Bilingualism and other additional support needs
Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
Specific learning difficulties: co-occurring difficulties
Deaf Studies
an option course worth up to 40 credits from within the School or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the programme director
Dissertation (MSc)
Planning research
Research dissertation

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to:

develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place
reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice and explore issues in the implementation of educational and social principles and ideals
engage with and where appropriate influence policy issues and the practice of professionals in relation to the delivery of inclusive education
develop extended skills in research and enquiry, including the use of literature, reviewing evidence, gathering, organising and evaluating data, responding to evidence and providing critical comment

Career opportunities

Suiting newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners alike, this programme provides a qualification that can open doors to a new career in inclusive and special education, or an advanced role in the field.

It can also provide the foundations for a career in policy formation and development, as well as a broad range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

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