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A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. Read more

A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. This degree program's body of knowledge will allow graduates of the M.S. program to pursue doctoral-level training in human services, counseling, and public policy, among others. In addition, this degree will provide professionals from disciplines such as nursing and education with the necessary skills to be effective leaders and advance in the field.

The successful graduate of the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program is expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of effective administrative and other leadership skills in the field of developmental disabilities through the use of case study analyses, research papers, and in-class assignments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different developmental disabilities and the challenges faced by these individuals across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the family, the educational system, and community services on the successful integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into the community.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles related to working with individuals who have developmental disabilities to real-world cases and settings.
  • Apply knowledge of developmental disabilities, organizational behavior, and strategic planning to the design and/or administration of human services organizations which provide services to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. 
  • Demonstrate research, analytic thinking, and writing skills when creating a program design or evaluation project on a relevant topic in the field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of health disparities experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities and the implications for healthcare and human services organizations.

This program is designed for individuals seeking a career in or as:

  • Program Director (non-profit)
  • Program Coordination
  • Early Childhood Interventionist
  • Transition Specialist
  • Job Coach
  • Child Life Specialist (with Child Life Specialist concentration)
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Advocate
  • Behavior Analyst or Assistant Behavior Analyst (with ABA concentration)

Program Format

The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities are required to complete 18 credit hours of foundational coursework, 9 credit hours in one of the Concentrations, and 3 credit hours of a Developmental Disabilities Master's Research Project.

Foundational coursework:

  • HSDD 5000: Survey of Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5100: Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5200: Disability and the Family Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5300: Legal and Ethical Issues in Disability (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5400: Healthcare Issues in Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5500: Disability Services Administration (3 credits)
  • HSDD 6000: Developmental Disabilities Masters Project (3 credits)

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This is an advanced professional development programme involving the following. coursework, modules, study workshops, dissertation and a placement in forensic ID services. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme involving the following: coursework, modules, study workshops, dissertation and a placement in forensic ID services.

The programme aims to provide graduates with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues. You will develop an evidence-based critical understanding of intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues. The programme encourages values-based, ethically stringent practice and/or research in the subject area.

Graduates will be able to take leading roles in public services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and issues.

About the Tizard Centre

The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.

The Centre is at the forefront of learning and research in autism, intellectual disability and community care, and in 2013 received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work in these areas.

The Centre has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments. Our primary aims, through research, teaching and consultancy, are:

  • to find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with learning disabilities
  • to help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services
  • to aid policymakers, planners, managers and practitioners to organise and provide enhanced services.

The Tizard Centre is recognised as leading the field in deinstitutionalisation and community living, challenging behaviour, quality of staff support, sexuality and autism, and has had a significant impact on national policies in these areas. We are committed to addressing issues arising from social inequality.

Course structure

Teaching includes lectures, guided study using Moodle, with seminars and group exercises to enhance understanding of the underlying concepts. The MSc is awarded for the achievement of 180 credits from taught modules and the successful completion of the dissertation and practical placement.

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

  • research methods
  • social psychology of intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues
  • assessment and intervention
  • research project in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • intellectual and development disabilities and forensic services issues

Careers

Over 98% of Kent's postgraduate students who graduated in 2016 were in work or further study within six months. Our postgraduate courses provide detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Graduates will have gained a very good understanding of the matters arising within this population and will be able to analyse and conduct relevant research. 

Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities. Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)
  • Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

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This is an advanced professional development programme for psychology and social science graduates and professionals. Through this programme you will undertake analysis of issues appertaining to the care and progression of individuals with developmental disabilities. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme for psychology and social science graduates and professionals. Through this programme you will undertake analysis of issues appertaining to the care and progression of individuals with developmental disabilities. You will assess different types of interventions and will have the opportunity to engage with disability service providers and users. You will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of:

  • definitions and epidemiology of intellectual disability
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual disability
  • behaviour analysis
  • challenging behaviour and other special needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • the relationships between service organisation and quality
  • research methodology and basic statistical analysis

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students. You will also undertake practical work placements which are assessed by written reports as well as having the opportunity to complete a piece of original research with your Research Project.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • definitions and epidemiology of intellectual disability
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual disability
  • behaviour analysis
  • challenging behaviour and other special needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • the relationships between service organisation and quality
  • research methodology and basic statistical analysis 

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly and respond to written sources
  • numeracy: if you are doing the statistical element of the research methods module, you will make sense of statistical materials and integrate quantitative and qualitative information. You will also become familiar with ways of summarising and presenting data
  • information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
  • working with others: the ability to work co-operatively on group tasks both within the virtual learning environment and during the residential workshops
  • improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills and review your working environment
  • problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection..

Careers

Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities.

Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Career destinations include working as a consultant behaviour analyst, carer co-ordinator, service care manager, special needs teacher, quality officer, ABA tutor and research assistant in various health care organisations such as Dimensions UK Ltd, Care Management Group, Consensus Support Services, Mencap and Ambitious About Autism.

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This is an advanced professional development programme delivered by distance learning for flexibility and convenience. The programme aims to provide you with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme delivered by distance learning for flexibility and convenience. The programme aims to provide you with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the programme you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • definitions and epidemiology of intellectual disability
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual disability
  • behaviour analysis
  • challenging behaviour and other special needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • relationships between service organisation and quality
  • research methodology.

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of autism
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Case study assessment

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: organising information clearly; responding to written sources; presenting information orally
  • numeracy: (if statistical element of research methods module taken) making sense of statistical materials; integrating quantitative and qualitative information
  • information technology: producing written documents; undertaking online research
  • working with others: working co-operatively on group tasks; understanding how groups function
  • improving own learning: exploring personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; reviewing working environment
  • problem solving: identifying and defining problems: exploring alternative solutions and discriminating between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection.

Careers

This programme supports continuing professional development and enhances your opportunity for career advancement. Previous successful students have moved on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This is an advanced professional development programme which aims to provide you with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme which aims to provide you with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the programme you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • definitions and epidemiology of intellectual disability
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual disability
  • behaviour analysis
  • challenging behaviour and other special needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • relationships between service organisation and quality
  • research methodology.

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of autism
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Case study assessment

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: organising information clearly; responding to written sources; presenting information orally
  • numeracy: (if statistical element of research methods module taken) making sense of statistical materials; integrating quantitative and qualitative information
  • information technology: producing written documents; undertaking online research
  • working with others: working co-operatively on group tasks; understanding how groups function
  • improving own learning: exploring personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; reviewing working environment
  • problem solving: identifying and defining problems: exploring alternative solutions and discriminating between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection.

Careers

This programme supports continuing professional development and enhances your opportunity for career advancement. Previous successful students have moved on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This programme seeks to develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis. It provides you with a detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field, and is aimed at recent graduates as well as experienced practitioners. Read more

This programme seeks to develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis. It provides you with a detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field, and is aimed at recent graduates as well as experienced practitioners.

Benefits include academic and professional support from some of the UK’s leading applied behaviour analysts and intellectual and developmental disability researchers. The programme also provides the necessary coursework to apply to sit the international examination for certification as a behaviour analyst.

Please note: the PgCert cannot be studied on a part-time basis.

This is a Verified Course Sequence with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Values, ethics and professional practice
  • Concepts of applied behaviour analysis
  • Developing and implementing interventions

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis
  • values and ethical principles underpinning professional practice
  • methods of observing, recording and analysing behaviour
  • methods of assessing and intervening to manage challenging behaviour and support adaptive behaviour
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual and developmental disability
  • challenging behaviour and other special needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • the relationships between service organisation and quality
  • research methodology and basic statistical analysis.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection..

Careers

Our Applied Behaviour Analysis programme includes a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Its completion, therefore, meets two of the requirements for certification as a Behaviour Analyst. Successful students will need to obtain appropriate supervised experience and pass the BACB exam. Many of our ABA students hope to take this career path, applying their skills either in work with children or adults with autism (ie early intervention programmes or in schools using an ABA approach) or with children/adults with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging. Every week we are asked to notify our students of opportunities in these fields. Our ABA programme is also suitable for parents of children/adults with autism or learning disability, who are looking to increase their own understanding of ABA.

Why study at Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This is an advanced professional development programme delivered by distance learning for flexibility and convenience. Through the programme you will. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme delivered by distance learning for flexibility and convenience. Through the programme you will:

  • gain detailed knowledge of autism and other developmental disabilities
  • experience conducting research and devising intervention strategies in the field of autism
  • learn to appraise and interpret a range of evidence and data
  • practice presenting critical, balanced and persuasive arguments

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Note: Workshop one and exam attendance is compulsory for all postgraduate distance learning students on this course.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of autism
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Extended research project

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of autism
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of autism
  • behaviour analysis
  • intervention and approaches to supporting people with autism
  • challenging behaviour and other associated complex needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • the relationships between service organisation and quality research methodology.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly and respond to written sources
  • numeracy: if you are doing the statistical element of the research methods module, you will make sense of statistical materials and integrate quantitative and qualitative information. You will also become familiar with ways of summarising and presenting data
  • information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
  • working with others: the ability to work co-operatively on group tasks both within the virtual learning environment and during the residential workshops
  • improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills and review your working environment
  • problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection.

Careers

This programme supports continuing professional development and enhances your opportunity for career advancement. Previous successful students have moved on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This is an advanced professional development programme through which you will. gain detailed knowledge of autism and other developmental disabilities. Read more

This is an advanced professional development programme through which you will:

  • gain detailed knowledge of autism and other developmental disabilities
  • experience conducting research and devising intervention strategies in the field of autism
  • learn to appraise and interpret a range of evidence and data
  • practice presenting critical, balanced and persuasive arguments

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Social psychology of autism
  • Behaviour analysis and intervention
  • Service issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Research methods
  • Case study assessment

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of autism
  • cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
  • biological, social and environmental causes of autism
  • behaviour analysis
  • intervention and approaches to supporting people with autism
  • challenging behaviour and other associated complex needs
  • ideology, policy and service development
  • definition and measurement of service quality
  • the relationships between service organisation and quality research methodology.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly and respond to written sources
  • numeracy: if you are doing the statistical element of the research methods module, you will make sense of statistical materials and integrate quantitative and qualitative information. You will also become familiar with ways of summarising and presenting data
  • information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
  • working with others: the ability to work co-operatively on group tasks both within the virtual learning environment and during the residential workshops
  • improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills and review your working environment
  • problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection..

Careers

This programme supports continuing professional development and enhances your opportunity for career advancement. Previous successful students have moved on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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This programme will develop your critical understanding of concepts and principles of positive behaviour support. Course structure. Read more

This programme will develop your critical understanding of concepts and principles of positive behaviour support.

Course structure

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme:

  • Concepts of applied behaviour analysis
  • Functional assessment and analysis of challenging behaviour
  • Developing and implementing interventions
  • Advanced issues in values, ethics and professional practice
  • Challenging behaviour and positive behaviour support
  • Research methods

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Critical understanding of concepts and principles of positive behaviour support
  • In-depth knowledge of values and ethical principles and how to apply these in professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of methods of observing, recording and analysing behaviour
  • Advanced and in-depth knowledge of methods of assessing and intervening to manage challenging behaviour and support adaptive behaviour
  • Practical understanding of cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging and the impact of these characteristics on assessment of challenging behaviour
  • In-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of biological, social and environmental causes of challenging behaviour in intellectual/developmental disability
  • Advanced knowledge of methods of applying positive behaviour support practices in working with individuals whose behaviour is described as challenging
  • Advanced knowledge of use of positive behaviour support to understand, assess and intervene in systems/settings for people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities (e.g. schools, residential settings, families, communities, workplaces etc.)
  • Critical understanding of research methodology and basic statistical analysis

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly and respond to written sources
  • numeracy: if you are doing the statistical element of the research methods module, you will make sense of statistical materials and integrate quantitative and qualitative information. You will also become familiar with ways of summarising and presenting data
  • information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
  • working with others: the ability to work co-operatively on group tasks both within the virtual learning environment and during the residential workshops
  • improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management skills and review your working environment
  • problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.

Dynamic centre of expertise

This programme is taught by the University's renowned Tizard Centre. An annual seminar series runs at which staff or guest lecturers present the results of research or highlight recent developments in the field of social care. The Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture invites public figures or distinguished academics to discuss topics that could interest a wider audience. The Centre also publishes the Tizard Learning Disability Review (in conjunction with Emerald Publishing) to provide a source of up-to-date information for professionals and carers.

The Tizard Centre provides consultancy to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors, both nationally and internationally, in diversified areas such as service assessment, person-centred approaches, active support and adult protection..

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions



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Learning and developmental disorders that result in under performance in school are a widespread problem. According to expert estimates, eight to ten percent of primary school children are affected by persistent learning difficulties that result in performance deficiencies at school. Read more

Child Psychology: Learning and Learning Disabilities

Learning and developmental disorders that result in under performance in school are a widespread problem. According to expert estimates, eight to ten percent of primary school children are affected by persistent learning difficulties that result in performance deficiencies at school. In many cases also the exceptionally gifted children fail to realize their full potential and are left behind in terms of scholastic achievement. In practice, state of the art research into causal factors and effective support and prevention measures are inadequately implemented. In light of the serious consequences of underperforming in school for future educational and professional opportunities and social participation for those affected and also because of the resulting social costs, there is a very great need for qualified specialists, who can contribute to bridging the gap between research and practice in the field of learning and developmental needs. Participants in this distance learning program acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this need.

Objective

The program teaches practical management skills related to the diagnosis and intervention methods for learning and developmental disabilities in children and adolescents on the basis of comprehensive, science based knowledge of causes, risks, and protective factors on both individual and contextual levels. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge to independently design and implement conditions that benefit children and adolescents and promote learning and development. The course prepares students for careers in the following areas of activity: aacountable work in the fields of diagnostics and intervention, consultant services for institutions and affected people as well as management responsibilities and scientific research in the context of learning and development services. The course culminates in a "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) degree.
According to current guidelines, this program does not license you to bear the professional title “Psychologist”, or to start an advanced vocational training as “Psychological Psychotherapist”.

Target group

The main target group consists primarily of university graduates with a bachelor or higher degree) in psychology, educational science or related disciplines and at least one year relevant professional work experience in the field of educational assessment, diagnostics and intervention in children with learning and developmental disorders.
In exceptional cases, applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. They must have a completed vocational training with qualified results as an educator, a kindergarten teacher, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist or a related profession, followed by at least six years of work experience (four years of which need to be relevant), and the successful completion of an aptitude test.
The course is ideal for applicants with relevant work experience who are currently fulfilling family obligations and want to use this time for their own continuing education.

Program content

The course is divided into the basic modules, advanced modules as well as modules in the areas of practical application. The basic modules communicate contents, objectives and methods of psychological research and the relevant basic know-how in the areas of learning and development. The cognitive, emotional, and motivational determinants of learning and school performance are examined from the perspective of cognitive, developmental and educational psychology.
The subsequent advanced modules deal with comprehensive aspects of learning and developmental disorders, the foundations and methods of educational-psychological diagnostics as well as specific disorders (dyslexia dyscalculia, attention disorders) and giftedness. All advanced modules have the goal of communicating knowledge and skills in the area of evidence-based diagnostics and intervention.
Later the focus is on the practical application of the knowledge and skills acquired. The participants have to complete an internship in the area of learning and development disorders. Another emphasis is put on advanced methods of scientific work and empirical research. The final term is for the preparing and writing the master's thesis. Students are expected to participate in an online colloquium during this phase, at which time the students present their work in the form of presentations, videos, etc. and comment on the work of the other graduates.



This course is held entirely in German.

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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. Read more

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.

What makes the program unique?

  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.
  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 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a one-year full-time course. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a one-year full-time course. The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis with particular regard to persons with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and persons presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. This intense course provides training in ABA for a yearly intake of up to 30 students. The course provides a route for securing Assistant level certification status from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB), an international body which sets standards for training in behaviour analysis. See http://www.bacb.com for more details. Classes are normally conducted one week-day every two weeks and on one Saturday per month. Individual supervision sessions occur at times outside the teaching schedule and are arranged with an individual board certified behaviour analyst supervisor. Taught modules run from the end of September to the end of June. Students who wish to apply to the course must secure a practical placement prior to applying. Please refer to the course website for further information in this respect.

Course Content:

Graduates of this course are skilled to conduct functional behavioural assessments, to implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and to analyse and display data to make informed decisions regarding intervention and learning methods. Topics covered on the course include:

Definitions, Characteristics and Basic Principles
Ethics in ABA
Selection, Defining and Measuring Behaviour
Behavioural Assessment
Behavioural Intervention, Measurement and Evaluation
Supervised Practice

Admission Requirements

The Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis is open to those with an honors undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related human service field such as education/teaching, nursing, speech and language and social care. - Applicants from Ireland or EU and non-EU countries who meet entry criteria and are employed by or volunteer in an educational or human service setting are welcome to apply. - Please refer to the website for more detailed information. Please note that students must complete the Postgraduate Diploma course or equivalent behaviour analytic coursework prior to completing the one-year M.Sc. Psychology (ABA) or M.Sc. ABA. Please refer to http://www.psychology.tcd.ie/postgraduate/applied-behaviour-analysis for further details about this course. - Applicants with good written and spoken English (due to the nature of this profession) from other EU and non-EU countries are very welcome to apply.

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This course, for practicing occupational therapists, aims to develop your knowledge and essential skills to help you progress your career; we will encourage you to utilise evaluative, critical thinking skills to explore your profession, enabling you to make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of patient care. Read more

This course, for practicing occupational therapists, aims to develop your knowledge and essential skills to help you progress your career; we will encourage you to utilise evaluative, critical thinking skills to explore your profession, enabling you to make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of patient care.

Overview

One of the few MSc courses in Occupational Therapy in the UK for qualified professionals, our Masters provide a sound grounding in the theory and models of the profession and occupation focused practice.

The programme focuses on the acquisition of high quality reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas based on evidence based practice. With an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment, the programme offers an opportunity to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Working with both clinical and research-active staff, you will have the opportunity to develop your professional expertise across the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice.

As a full-time student, you will undertake five taught modules to complete the postgraduate diploma, and undertake a choice of one dissertation module to complete the MSc.

Distinctive features

  • We are well respected within the profession, with close links with the College of Occupational Therapists. We are ranked 1st in the UK for Occupational Therapy for our pre-registration programmes by the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • We run an occupational therapy clinic on-site, providing you with the opportunity to observe and assist with assessment and treatment of clients with developmental disabilities.
  • Our MSc is delivered flexibly, enabling you to pursue your professional career whilst studying part time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis 
  • You will study alongside students from a range of professions, reflecting the ways in which inter-disciplinary teams work in practice
  • Our MSc emphasises the acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas based on evidence based practice.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is mainly through discussions, practitioner-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

Career prospects

The MSc offers an opportunity to develop your evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase your practical and theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy, so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession.

A professional postgraduate qualification can lead to opportunities to develop your career in a number of directions, from advanced practice in your clinical area,  into management or leadership roles, or to positions in education. An MSc is also an ideal stepping stone to undertaking further study or research.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are five week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.



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The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of… Read more
The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis with particular regard to persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or those students presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. The content of this course focuses on behavioural theory. This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 8 students. Approval has been secured from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, an international body which sets standards for training and provides a route for securing ABA Certification status. Classes are normally arranged to take place on one weekday with additional classes taking place on occasional weekends as required. Placement practice in behaviour analysis must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor. Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed at mid and end of course. Students must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.

Course Content:

Graduates of this course are skilled to engage in the ethical practice and research of ABA, to conduct functional behavioural assessments, implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and analyse and display data to make informed decisions around intervention and learning needs.

Modules include:

Advanced research - data analysis methods in ABA I
Conceptual Issues in ABA Research Dissertation Proposal
Special Topics in ABA*
Supervised Research - Practice
Research Dissertation

* Special Topics may include: Precision Teaching, ABA in Multidisciplinary Teams, Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis. These topics may vary according to staff availability.

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The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of… Read more
The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis with particular regard to persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or those students presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school - The content of this course focuses upon clinical application. This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 8 students. Classes are normally arranged to take place on one weekday with additional classes taking place on occasional weekends as required. Placement practice in behaviour analysis must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor - Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed in the middle and at the end of the course. Students must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.

Course Content and Structure:

Graduates of this course are skilled to engage in the ethical practice and research of ABA, to conduct functional behavioural assessments, implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and analyse and display data to make informed decisions around intervention and learning needs.

Modules include:

Advanced research - data analysis methods in ABA;
Conceptual Issues in ABA
Research Dissertation Proposal
Special Topics in ABA
Supervised Research - Practice
Research Dissertation

Special Topics may include such issues as Precision Teaching, ABA in Multidisciplinary teams, Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis. These topics may vary according to staff availability.

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