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