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Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) - MEd

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).

The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme 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 will enable qualified teachers and others working in education related fields to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). 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. 

We offer the following awards:

AdCert

The Level H Advanced Certificate (AdCert) is the equivalent to the third year of Undergraduate Study. It is for those with certificates and diplomas eg: HND, NVQ level 4/5, Foundation degree. It lasts 12 months part-time and consists of 1 - 3 Modules. 

BPhil

The Level H Bachelor of Philosphy (BPhil) lasts 2 years part-time and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It consists of 1 - 4 Modules and a 10,000 word dissertation. This is a Non Mandatory qualification only.

PGCert

The Level M Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It lasts 12 months and consists of 1 - 3 Modules.

PGDip 

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The PGDip is taken over 24 months and consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the completion of a Special Study.

MEd

The Level M Masters of Education (MEd) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The MEd is taken over 36 months part-time. It consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the ‘Practitioner Inquiry in Education’ Module which will prepare you for the completion of the word dissertation.

PGDip plus Mandatory qualification

The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) Mandatory qualification is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It consistss of Modules 1–5 plus a teaching placement.

Download information on all the postgraduate study programmes in the School of Education (PDF)

Course details

The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) 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. 

You will learn at your own pace and in your own home and workplace. 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 student contact. Regular broadband internet access is required for the programme, and you must have regular contact with learners with MSI for practical work throughout the programme.

Employability

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 page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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