University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Teachers of Children and Young People with Visual Impairment

This course aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to enable professionals to work confidently and effectively with children and young people who have visual impairment in a variety of settings, their families and other professionals who support them. To develop critical and analytical enquiry-based learning skills to prepare professionals to work in range of contexts where children and young people with visual impairment are educated. To provide a conceptual framework which has reference to relevant literature as well as government legislation and guidance pertaining to the education of children and young people with visual impairment at a national and international level.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a 1st degree or diplomas or 5 years of relevant professional experience, training or other relevant qualifications. Please refer to the School of Education entry requirements webpage for general entry requirements. In addition, it is a requirement that applicants are teachers with DfE Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent) and will normally have a minimum of three years teaching experience. They must also demonstrate that they will have access to children and young people with visual impairment throughout the duration of the programme. Applicants who are not currently working with children and young people with vision impairment may be required to undertake a programme of visits as directed by the programme tutors, and/ or to align themselves to an appropriate school or service prior to commencing their studies.

Course modules

Modules include: assessment of children and young people with visual impairment: understanding and meeting individual needs; inclusion of children and young people with visual impairment: policy and practice; curriculum access for children and young people with visual impairment; social and emotional development in children and young people with visual impairment; special studies in education; effective teaching of children and young people with visual impairment; practitioner inquiry in education.

Assessment methods

The programme requires successful completion of a portfolio containing: evidence that the participants have met all the relevant National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) standards for the mandatory qualification in visual impairment; evidence that participants have achieved competence in Grade 2 British Braille; and a critical analysis of the negotiated teaching placement during which they have demonstrated effective classroom management to a visiting assessor appointed by the University.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MEd Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MEd Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MEd Distance learning GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MEd Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MEd Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MEd Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 6,930 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
BPhil Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning GBP 3,535 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

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