This is a specialist postgraduate certificate, designed for classroom practitioners who are working with school children and young people (up to age 16) who are experiencing specific learning difficulties (SpLD) in reading, writing, and spelling. The course content focuses upon identification, assessment and practical support for learners with SpLD/Dyslexia.
This programme will help you to develop an academic and practically-oriented understanding of Dyslexia as a specific learning difficulty, to ensure that you become an informed, skilled practitioner who understands the theory and practice of teaching and assessment of school age learners with Dyslexia/SpLD.
You will address the theory and practice of identifying, assessing and teaching pupils with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties, both using specialist intervention and mainstream classroom provision. This will include a focus on structured, cumulative and multi-sensory teaching; the use of ICT; as well as how to support social and emotional needs, self-esteem and motivation. You will also consider potential co-occurring difficulties, such as developmental coordination difficulties and speech, language and communication needs.
You will be encouraged to evaluate practices designed to foster inclusion in relation to dyslexia/SpLD and consider how pupils can be supported more widely in the mainstream classroom, examining the barriers these pupils face and how these might be overcome.
The course is designed to fit around existing job and personal commitments, and the School of Education at Roehampton provides ongoing support to students with extensive electronic resources on and off-site. Each student is assigned a personal tutor to support you in your development on the course, and in applying what you learn to your role providing learning support to students in an educational context. Therefore, it is a requirement of the course that students have experience of working with children and young people with SpLD/Dyslexia, and are currently employed in educational provision for 5-18 year olds, in a position to undertake this support work with their students.
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The course will encourage students to critically engage with core theories of dyslexia as a specific learning difficulty, and to reflect upon their practical implications in classroom contexts. There are contested meanings of Dyslexia/SpLD, and students will examine these within their educational contexts. You will be introduced to the identification and assessment of pupils with Dyslexia/SpLD, the planning and implementation of interventions, and the reviewing of progress, based upon current literature in the field. Later modules will build on this, focusing on how identification and assessment informs specialist intervention and mainstream classroom provision, including looking at research-led good practice in this area.
Students will continually engage with both theory and research in the assessment and provision of Dyslexia/SpLD. You will use an understanding of typical development in the area of language, literacy and numeracy, to support an understanding of atypical development within these three areas. The course will develop your ability to critically engage with identification and assessment from the perspective of a specialist teacher, and with an awareness of the importance of collating pupil, family and carer perspectives.
Other modules on this course will focus on developing your specialist teacher skills, and there is an optional module which will allow you to apply for approved teacher/practitioner status with the BDA (British Dyslexia Association).
• Dyslexia as a Specific Learning Difficulty
• Pupils with Dyslexia/SpLD: identification, assessment and provision
• Dyslexia Professional Portfolio of Practice
Graduates may follow careers as specialist teachers in the field of specific language and literacy difficulties, or as SENCOs in leadership roles in education. A proportion progress to complete the BDA accredited Diploma which may award them AMBDA (Associated member of the British Dyslexia Association). Others transfer credits into the full MA programme in Special and Inclusive Education and complete their MA.
Why study at Roehampton?
• This postgraduate certificate aims to enhance teachers’ knowledge and understanding of dyslexia, as a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) and to ensure that students participating in the programme become informed, skilled practitioners who understand the theory and practice of teaching and/or assessment of school age learners with Dyslexia/SpLD, when combined with an additional 20 credit module SEN020L055S – Dyslexia Professional Portfolio of Practice , the certificate allows students to gain Approved Teacher Status award via the Bristish Dyslexia association (BDA)
• The course is accessible with 60 hours of lectures that can be fit around an existing job and personal commitments
• Roehampton provides ongoing support with extensive electronic resources on and off-site; a university tutor is assigned to each student
How to apply
Apply here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate-entry-requirements/
For information on funding, please visit the following website: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Finance/Student-Funding/
You are usually expected to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad.