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MA Deaf Education by Distance Learning (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification)

Course Description

The Leeds programme offers an MA in Deaf Education over two years that combines face-to-face with online learning and support. The programme, approved by the Department for Education (DFE) to offer the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners.

The programme combines a strong research base with input from highly qualified and experienced practitioners in the field. It is delivered within a research intensive environment that prioritises working partnerships with schools/services and other stakeholders through collaborative research and professional development activities.

Central to the programme is an understanding that the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive development and access to the curriculum must be an educational priority for all deaf learners. Individual residual hearing and auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised in relation to the communicative and educational demands of the context, so that advances in personal hearing technologies and the latest thinking on optimal classroom management can be put into practice.

Unique to this programme is recognition of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives. Through consideration of the roles of sign and spoken languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies in deaf children’s lives and education, you will develop a broad language base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication needs.

The MA Deaf Education comprises four core modules delivered across two years. Your first module will be either Deafness and Development or Educational Audiology, depending on when you commence your studies.

Educational Audiology explores the full audiological implications of deafness in both social and educational settings. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the auditory system and gain practical experience of assessment procedures, and the implementation of audiological support programmes. You will gain an understanding of the effective use of all classroom related audiological and amplification systems, and ways in which different technologies maximise the use of audition.

Learning and Teaching considers the implications of deafness for individual learning and achievement, and explores ways in which teaching, learning and assessment opportunities can be maximised to facilitate pupil progress. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of ways in which the environment and the use of technology can contribute to the learning experience. You will develop skills in individual planning and the monitoring and assessment of learning, and how this is shared with other professionals, parents and deaf learners.

Deafness and Development focuses on child and language development and the potential impact of deafness on early childhood experiences and development. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of the language, communication and interaction issues associated with childhood deafness, and implications for cognitive development and social- emotional well-being. You will develop skills in assessing and developing the language of deaf learners and flexible approaches to meeting the language needs of deaf learners in the classroom.

The Context of Deaf Education provides you with an in-depth understanding of the current legislative and educational context for deaf education. This includes current statutory frameworks as well as in-school evaluation and improvement processes. As part of this module you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience of the different types of settings in deaf education and to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to support learners across the range of specialist and mainstream models of provision.

To receive the MA qualification you will also complete a research-based Dissertation. This is an independent piece of work that allows you to study a topic related to your own interests and to make a genuine contribution to the field. This aspect of the programme is supported by an online research methods module, two face-to-face study days, regional tutorials and individual supervision.

If you are working towards the Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) award, you will also build a Professional Skills Portfolio throughout the two years. This applied aspect of the programme allows you to acquire and demonstrate the mandatory teaching, communication and audiological skills required of a ToD.

Visit the MA Deaf Education by Distance Learning (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

The following are required for admission on this course; * A first degree or equivalent qualification * A prior teaching qualification * Two years' relevant teaching experience * British Sign Language CACDP Level 1 * Enhanced CRB clearance or current employment as a serving teacherApplicants must also demonstrate that they have access to e-mail and internet facilities, school/service audiological support and sign language tuition.

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