Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
The programme is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals in education, psychology and related professions. On successful completion of this programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Current Specific Learning theories and the assessment process and indicators of Specific Learning Difficulties. In addition, you will have thorough understanding of normal literacy development and the theoretical models of Reading, Spelling and Learning. You will also have understanding of a variety of standardised and diagnostic tests, as well as knowledge of the interaction of legal, professional, psychological, scientific and political issues in the range of attitudes to dyslexia in society. There are three courses on offer. For Courses A and B, at least two years’ teaching experience is required for entry. A. Teaching Methods: for those who are new to the field and want to know the various methods of teaching severe dyslexic people how to read, write and spell. This carries with it the British Dyslexia Association qualification of ‘Approved Teacher Status’ B. Assessment & Identification: for those who have been in the field for some time and have experience of the above but wish to become specialist teacher assessors. This carries with it the British Dyslexia Association qualification of ‘Associate Member of the BDA - AMBDA’ C. Inclusive SEN Environments: this is about developing study skills and strategies for coping with the curriculum despite learning difficulties. These courses can be taking separately as PCES. Two of the courses and a 16,000 word dissertation are required to complete the MSc award. Students should allow 600 hours of study and produce 3 x 4,000 word essays for each course.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
Required competency in the English language, guidance for applicants to the School of Education.
If the IELTS (or equivalent) is below 5.5 (or equivalent), the application will not be considered, although you may reapply when you have obtained a score nearer or above our minimum score of 6.5 (or equivalent).
If the IELTS (or equivalent) is 5.5 or above (or equivalent), but below 6.5 (or equivalent), the application will be processed in the usual way but any offer will be made conditional upon attending and being successful in an intensive language course of appropriate duration in the University's Language Centre, and on subsequently getting 6.5 (or equivalent) or above in IELTS (or equivalent).
If the IELTS (or equivalent) is 6.5 (or equivalent) or above then no language competency condition will be attached to your offer.