This distance learning programme is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). It is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment. An alternative non mandatory (Non MQ) programme is also open to teachers as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications working with children and young people who are deafblind, who are not seeking the MQ.
This distance learning programme enables qualified teachers and others working in education related fields to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). It is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification in Deafblindness/Multi-sensory Impairment. While many students are practising teachers working with children, others are from further education, social services, paramedical or medical specialisms, or residential work. An alternative non mandatory (Non MQ) programme is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people who are deafblind who are not seeking the MQ.
The programme aims to provide an understanding of the effects and implications of dual sensory impairment on development, learning, and communication, through theoretical and practical work. It will include skills in assessment, monitoring and recording, a knowledge of teaching approaches and of support systems.
AdCert Modules 1–3 (Honours Level)
BPhil Modules 1–5 (Non Mandatory only)
PGCert Modules 1–3 (Masters Level)
PGDip Modules 1–5
MEd Modules 1–5 plus PIE and dissertation
PGDip + MQ Modules 1–5 plus teaching placement
You may also be interested in our programmes on Vision Impairments and Hearing Impairment.
Students will learn at their own pace and in their own homes and workplaces. Study is supported through study packs, web based learning, with online materials, discussions and interaction, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows students contact. Regular broadband internet access is required for the programme, and students must have regular contact with learners with MSI for practical work throughout the programme.
There is a University based study-weekend twice a year. The dates for 2018-19 are:
Many of those who have completed the course continue to work with people with deafblindness (MSI) and some continue or progress to influential roles in specialist MSI units, or as advisory teachers for pupils who are deafblind. Others take key roles in such fields as managing further education for MSI learners or sensory impairment in an LEA or other setting, or go on to promoted posts in school or other management.
Visit the Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) - MEd/BPhil/PGDip/PGCert/AdCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!