University of Reading

University of Reading

Special Education Needs Coordinator

Deepen your understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils. The PGCert SENCO is a required qualification for all new Special Educational Needs Coordinators within three years of their appointment. You will reflect on, examine and explore the ways to meet an individual's needs through the appropriate educational provision. Three 20-credit modules provide a combination of theoretical and practical information about meeting the needs of all students. You will also have to submit a portfolio which demonstrates the breadth of your work in special educational needs. Your assignments take a practical school-based focus - we have excellent links with around 350 local schools, and you will be taught by expert practitioners, researchers and academics. At the Institute of Education we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. Tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course. Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment. Facilities The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre. We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen. Research The Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading. **Careers** Our master's and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotions within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: You are normally required to (1) have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK), (2) be a qualified teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent further education or early years qualification, and (3) be currently working in a school or similar education provider. If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience, then you may also be eligible to apply, but cannot attain PGCert SENCo without QTS or equivalent. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Policies and practice * Overcoming barriers to learning * Learners with difficulties and disabilities


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2019 - 12 Months

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