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Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Teaching Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Education and Training

University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development:

This innovative Teaching Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Education and Training programme provides you with a detailed understanding of working with students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in a variety of contexts.

Course information

Part-time

  • 1 year

More part-time details

  • 1 full day every three weeks delivered on a Friday
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £2250

Contact details

Further information

It focuses on providing you with a strong theoretical background and focuses on strategies that can be used and developed in the classroom. It is designed for qualified and practising teachers in the education and training sector, although it may also be of interest to those working within compulsory education and in other contexts.

The programme is delivered in a series of short, intensive blocks to enable those who are in work to access its delivery. You are expected to undertake an assessed practice placement and should already hold a Certificate in Education or a PGCE.

Learning and Teaching for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
This module provides a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching students with SEND in creative ways and in a range of contexts. You are encouraged to consistently evaluate and reflect upon your own practice.

You enhance your approaches to the effective learning and teaching of students with SEND, and consider the role of formative, summative and on-going assessment, focusing on planning for individual students and groups of students to ensure effective progress. You create and manage effective, inclusive teaching environments and embed English and maths within SEND teaching. You also have the opportunity to develop your use of digital technologies to support students with SEND.

You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own experience and practice and are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your students. 

Theories and Frameworks in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
This module provide you with an understanding of relevant theories and frameworks in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It enables you to develop a knowledge and understanding of supporting students with a range of SEND in different but predominantly mainstream contexts. You develop a knowledge of the different types of SEND and their impact on education and consider some of the theories and principles relating to SEND teaching and contextual factors that impact SEND provision.

Concepts and Learning in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
In this module you gain a detailed knowledge of a variety of educational theories and concepts that underpin Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). You focus on the impact and application of key policies, statutory requirements and research on SEND learning and teaching.

You gain an understanding of a range of core concepts that underpin the teaching of students with SEND. You also gain an insight into the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on subject specific learning as well as the role of the specialist professional.

You consider theoretical approaches with reference to your own practice and to the professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector.

How you learn

During this programme you are taught in a variety of ways that are adapted to suit your own individual needs experience and placement context. Throughout all taught and tutor led sessions a range of good practice in learning and teaching is modelled, discussed and evaluated.

Sessions are delivered through a mixture of seminars, lectures, interactive workshops and tutorials. Visiting lecturers and guest speakers introduce specialist content as needed.

You are encouraged to engage and collaborate with appropriate communities of practice in your own settings and beyond. This is further encouraged by introducing and linking you to suitable specialist communities and organisations.

You spend time undertaking a teaching practice placement in the area of SEND. This may be your workplace or an additional voluntary placement. You will have a mentor during your placement who will support your development. It is your responsibility to identify your own placement and mentor.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for working with SEND students in a variety of settings.

This UCAPD award can contribute towards the evidence base required when applying for professional formation (QTLS).

Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to continue your study with Teesside University and (depending upon prior qualifications) can apply for the BA (Hons) Education and Training or a level 7 module that encourages your continued professional development and supports your ability to gain QTLS. The programme provides you with the foundations needed to move onto further postgraduate study. Some trainees continue onto other specialist routes.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this programme you must have:

  • a Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education or Postgraduate Certificate in Education or equivalent
  • a satisfactory DBS check (enhanced disclosure for regulated activity)
  • a teaching practice placement of at least 50 hours in an appropriate context.

Course information

Part-time

  • 1 year

More part-time details

  • 1 full day every three weeks delivered on a Friday
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £2250

Contact details

Further information