Autism Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
1 to 3 years part-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Coach Lane Campus
This programme is to help professionals and carers develop their knowledge of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, the needs arising from these and the different approaches to meeting these, particularly through teaching and learning. Education is the key treatment option for all on the autism spectrum. The course seeks to engage a mixed group that includes parents, carers, teachers, nurses, speech therapists, service managers and other staff whose job involves working in this field, whether in mainstream or specialist settings.
This postgraduate programme offers experienced teachers and other professionals an opportunity to:
- explore and discuss current educational developments in relation to the needs of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders
- develop structures for the dissemination of good practice in the education, care and support of children and adults.
A major emphasis of the programme will be the application and analysis of appropriate professional knowledge for teaching and life long learning, including critical analysis of good practice as outlined in current Government reports. Students on the programme will have opportunities to further their understanding of autism and will be encouraged to develop knowledge and skills which will enable them to reflect critically on current practice, particularly their own, and to analyse their work for pivotal teaching or intervention points which will support their development.
The MA extends over three years, part-time. The course comprises modules which address different aspects of the education and development of children and adults with this pervasive developmental disorder. Course participants who successfully complete the first year of the course may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. Those who successfully complete two years, may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or proceed to the final, third year as candidates for a Masters degree.
The programme is open to professionals and parents who are working with children or adults with autism.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
This Masters programme allows progression from Postgraduate Diploma. Professionals who have successfully accumulated 120 points at Masters level may enter a third year of study. At the progression point to the Master’s year, participants, in consultation with their tutors, elect to follow one of four options.
When applying for this programme, can you please state in the Personal Statement section of the application form whether you have Qualified Teacher Status and if so, what your registration number is.
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