Summer Term: 1 July - 23 August
Award: Continuing Professional Development Certificate
“The way it is set out makes it achievable to do this while working at the same time.”
Enhancing Learning and Teaching
This specialised course has been developed by ICEP Europe together with a panel of educators and other practitioners working in the field of developmental disabilities.
Along with changing attitudes, changes in legislation and educational policy are driving the current increase in the number of pupils with learning disabilities being included in mainstream classrooms. This positive trend looks set to continue into the future, and as pupils with general learning disabilities (GLD) comprise the largest group within the special education student cohort, it is important that teachers and schools are prepared to respond effectively to their unique learning needs.
The main focus of this course is to build the capacity of teachers and schools to provide appropriate educational experiences which are tailored to the individual needs of pupils with GLD, both in mainstream schools and special education settings. There is a strong emphasis on practical evidence-based approaches which are directly applicable in the classroom and across the whole-school context.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at teachers and others with a professional interest in general learning disabilities. It may also be helpful for parents interested in learning about appropriate educational provision for children and young people with general learning disabilities.
This course is designed for teachers and educators at both primary and secondary level and will provide you with a very good knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding the inclusion of children with general learning disabilities in mainstream classrooms, enabling you to recognise and respond to the needs of these students. You will also acquire a working knowledge of teaching strategies in the areas of numeracy, literacy, communication skills, motor skills, and short term memory deficits. In addition, you will be encouraged to develop and implement best practice approaches and policies at the level of the classroom and in your own school in relation to supporting children with GLD.
The focus of the course is to provide educators with proven educational approaches and teaching strategies which are designed to maximise progress for children with general learning disabilities in mainstream education and special education settings. The course will also provide an overview and background to emerging values and themes in the education of children with general learning disabilities. Topics will include; implications of including children with learning disabilities in mainstream classrooms, level of functioning and learning profiles of students with general learning disabilities, the differentiated curriculum, supporting students with differing levels of learning disability, promoting choice and autonomy, helping students build life skills, working with parents as partners, and developing individual education plans for children with general learning disabilities.
Key Course Information
The course comprises 5 interactive learning modules, each taking approximately four hours online study time to complete, or 20 hours in total
Learning is self-paced, allowing you to design your own study schedule around existing commitments, and giving you total freedom and flexibility
On completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development which can be included in your CPD portfolio
Participants are encouraged to interact with each other via the online discussion forum, allowing learners to enter active discussions with their colleagues and receive feedback from the expert course tutors.
Tuition and Support
Specialised tutors working in the area of learning disabilities will provide you with individual support and guidance as you complete your studies online
Technical support is provided by our dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who can be contacted by telephone or email.
Assessment & Award:
Each student is required to complete the following items
Interactive Learning Assignment per module
On successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Professional Development.
Course Fee: £230
"This course was well researched interesting and practical. It helped me to believe even stronger that we should, could and must make the curriculum accessible to our students experiencing General Learning disability and DS. I would like to see the course made available as part of training for a whole school. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do this course."
(Participant on the General Learning Disabilities/Down Syndrome Course, Summer 2008)
"I have thoroughly enjoyed completing this course and the way it is set out makes it achievable to do this while working at the same time. It is most definitely very user friendly. All modules provided reassurance along with ideas and practical ideas that I look forward to getting to grips with within my class. I will certainly consider doing another online course through ICEP. This has most definitely been a worthwhile and educating experience."
(Participant on the General Learning Disabilities/Down Syndrome Course, Autumn 2008)
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