Certificate in Education Studies (Special Education)

Download Application Form Here Closing Date: 18 May 2018 (6.00pm)
 
OVERVIEW

The Certificate in Education Studies (Special Education) is specifically designed for those who are currently working as teacher aides in special school setting. The certificate comprises 5 modules consisting of two days of face to face intensive teaching followed by required application of new skills and knowledge in special school settings. The course will cover an introduction to special education, principles and practices in special education, basic child development studies, as well as behaviour management.

MODULES   COURSE TYPE   PROGRAMME DURATION   PROGRAMME TIMING   PROGRAMME FEES*
5   Part
Time
  12months

70 hours (Lecture)
50 hours (Assessment**)

  9.30am to 5.30pm   Full Fees#:
$7,250
(Exclusive of GST)

Nett Fees^*:
$1,498.00
(Inclusive of GST, after SSG subsidy)
 
 
TARGET AUDIENCE    LEARNING OUTCOMES
Special education teacher-aides and those in equivalent positions in special schools or settings working with special needs students. Participants should preferably possess a minimum of three GCE ‘O’ Level passes including English Language.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
  • Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6
  • Learners need to have basic knowledge of computer skills
  Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss how special education policies both locally and internationally has evolved
  • Differentiate a range of disability types and associated terminology
  • Demonstrate ability to assist in development of individual education plans for students with disabilities
  • Explain the importance of the different stakeholders and their roles in supporting the education of students with disabilities
  • Explain what are the communication, cognitive, social and emotional developmental needs of individual student and prepare appropriate intervention programmes
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of different theories of behaviour to respond appropriately to disruptive behaviour in class
ABOUT FLINDERS UNIVERSITY
For over 50 years, Flinders has been a centre of inspiring achievement: from our pioneering research and excellence in teaching to the positive impact we have in the communities we serve.

Flinders University provides you with the skills and confidence you need to excel in your studies and your chosen career. Our industry driven degrees, internationally recognised teachers and world-class research will enrich your learning and set you on the path to success. Flinders, located in Adelaide, South Australia, is a truly global and multicultural university, with students from over 90 countries across the world.

Our international student services are ranked among Australia's best and we are dedicated to supporting you throughout your studies and beyond. There's no limit to what you can achieve with a Flinders degree. Explore your passions, experiment bravely and make your mark on the world.

The programme is taught by staff of the Faculty of Education, Humanities & Law, Flinders University.
TRAINERS
Dr Caroline Ellison is an Associate Professor teaching in both Disability and Community Inclusion and Education at Flinders University and has considerable experience in the management, development and direct provision of services to people living with a disability. With a service provision career spanning over 25 years there has been a focus on leisure, respite, accommodation, arts and creative pursuits, positive behaviour support, sexual health and social housing. Caroline's teaching with the university covers areas including, human diversity, perspectives on disability, leadership, program design and evaluation, leisure, arts and community development. Caroline completed her PhD thesis exploring recreation and retirement for individuals with an intellectual disability and has a strong passion for global inclusive disability development.   A/Prof Ms Kerry Bissaker, MEd, is an Associate Professor at Flinders University. Prior to her work at the University, she worked as a classroom teacher integrating children with special needs followed by working as an early intervention teacher supporting the needs of families of children with hearing impairment. She has a strong background in language and literacy development for children with disabilities and has involved parents of children with disabilities as partners in presenting at International conferences on early intervention for children with disabilities.
PROGRAMME OUTLINE
The programme comprises five modules of study taught over one year period.
 
Module 1: 19-20 July 2018
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
This first module provides an introduction to the field of special education. Historical background of options for students with disabilities will be presented to provide an understanding of how special education has evolved. Specific attention will be given to international and local policies and practices. The module will also cover an overview of the different types of disabilities, the associated terminology and local support services.
Module 2: 24-25 September 2018
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
This module introduces the concepts associated with effective learning and how various disabilities affect the process of learning. Ecological and diagnostic assessment practices that provide information for educational planning will be introduced. The process of developing individual educational plans and the role teacher-aides can take in assisting the development of these plans will be discussed. The module will highlight the critical nature of including families of students with disabilities in developing effective education plans.
Module 3: 22-23 November 2018
COMMUNICATION AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
In this module, theories of child development with a particular focus on communicative and cognitive development will be introduced. Milestones in development and delays associated with specific disabilities will be addressed. The role of the interactive adult supporting the development of students with special needs will be explored with a particular focus on how teacher-aides can more effectively support the development.
Module 4: 21-22 January 2019
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAl NEEDS
This module introduces the models of social and emotional development with specific focus on supporting self-help and self-monitoring skills. The role of the interactive adult, in particular teacher-aides, will be explored. Programmes and models for maximising social and emotional development in students with special needs will be presented.
Module 5: 18-19 March 2019
CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
This module introduces a range of models that provide specific strategies for promoting positive behaviour. The influence of the disability on students' behaviour will be studied. Methodologies for ensuring a classroom environment that promotes positive behaviour will also be discussed. Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour, developing classroom and behaviour management plans will be introduced and modelled.
 
TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT
Each module will consist of 14 hours of face-to-face intensive teaching workshop followed by 10 hours of assessments involving practical applied work within special education context (includes special education, early intervention, pre-schools, etc.)
 
The 10 hours also comprise readings, practical observation in classroom by the learners, and essay submission to Flinders University.
 
Participants who successfully complete and pass all assignments will be awarded a “Certificate in Education Studies (Special Education)” by Flinders University, School of Education, and SSI.

#Excluding GST

NOTE:A non-refundable application fee of $53.50 (including GST) is applicable.

^Funding is applicable to Singaporeans and Singapore PRs only.

*Subject to successful completion and achievement of “Competent” grade for all in-class assessments/assignments.
Learners eligible for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) funding must achieve at least 75% attendance per module and be certified competent in all the assessment components. Individuals or Organisations will have to bear the full course fees in the event that learners fail to meet the attendance/assessment requirements and terms and conditions for SSG funding eligibility. Please refer to www.skillsconnect.gov.sg for more information on SSG funding.

**Each module will consist of 14 hours of face-to-face intensive teaching workshop followed by 10 hours of assessments involving practical applied work within special education context (includes special education, early intervention, pre-schools, etc.). The 10 hours also comprise readings, practical observation in classroom by the learners, and essay submission to Flinders University.