Programme video: https://youtu.be/vnCHwV0iAnE
|Venue||Tai Po Campus / Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / satellite study center at urban locations as decided by the University|
|Programme Leader||Dr Way Lau|
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|Final Year Project||Research Methods||3|
|Honours Project / Capstone Project||3|
|Common Core||General Education||3|
|Total credit points||60|
* Students without initial teacher training are required to take 6 additional cps (two courses) related to teaching & learning and classroom management.
This domain aims to broaden students’ educational value, interests and skills in removing barriers to learning and educating the whole person. It helps students develop new problem-solving strategies that are responsive to different learning needs of different classroom learners through a self-critical process. The courses are:
# Students without initial teacher training are required to take these two additional courses.
The Core courses help students acquire the fundamental knowledge in special education and provide an overview on different types of special learning needs. The courses are:
The Major Interdisciplinary Course “Human Development and its Challenges” is designed to equip students with theories and practices from an interdisciplinary approach based on developmental psychology and special needs in developing the awareness of the importance of all-round development of the whole person, and basic knowledge to cope with developmental challenges in students.
This domain comprises 2 study areas:
Area A: Understanding Learning Diversity
These courses are designed to meet the training needs of students in addressing the challenges of teaching and learning in inclusive education settings or special schools. This area adopts a functional approach to reviewing the needs of learners as follows:
Students are required to take 3 courses (9 cps) from Area A. They can choose to take the courses according to their need and interests.
Area B: Curriculum Development and Inclusive Teaching
This area is designed to prepare students for effective teaching in classrooms by sensitively responding to different individual and diverse needs. It enhances students' understanding of the learners' learning difficulties and equips them with a range of pedagogies that value diversity.
Students are required to study a total of 3 courses (9 cps). They may choose from different subject areas depending on their needs and professional interests. The courses are:
The course prepares students to develop a proposal for conducting a research-based project (Honours Project) or an inquiry-based project (Capstone Project) in their chosen areas. It introduces basic knowledge and principles of research, ethical issues in the research process and methodology for conducting research in education and related disciplines.
The Final Year Project allows students to pursue a relevant study of classroom practice in their own setting. Topics for the Project will emerge from students' studies in Education Studies and Major courses based on personal and professional interests. Students can opt for Honours Project or Capstone Project in their Final Year Project study. Honours Project aims to equip students with knowledge and hand-on experience to carry out scientific research in a specific area, which could be beneficial to students who plan to do research postgraduate study in future. Capstone Project focuses on knowledge transfer in work-related context and enhancing students’ competency in the job market through inquiry-based learning. Students will be supported by programme lecturers with expertise in their project topics chosen.
The Field Experience plays a crucial role in the programme, consisting of 2 components: Teaching Practice and Field Experience Portfolios. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply and put theories learnt in the programme, and share and report on small groups collaborative teaching activities.
In order to broaden student’s perspectives in personal and professional development, a selection of general education courses related to well-being, positive thinking, stress management and healthy living are offered. Students are required to take one general education course (3 cps).
The compulsory 3-cp English Enhancement Course aims to help students acquire linguistics skills in both academic and social contexts. It prepares students to write coherent and organized academic texts by developing essential skills in critical thinking, reading and writing. In addition, the course will enhance student’s ability to make appropriate correspondence in the workplace.
The medium of instruction is mainly Cantonese. English or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant lectures and / or courses, as appropriate.
For students having a full-time teaching post in secondary / primary / kindergarten / special / international schools or in relevant pre-school learning centers (for SEN children) Note 1 :
to have a minimum of 4 relevant periods Note 2 per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle during the course of study in the programme.
For students without a relevant full-time teaching post:
to make own arrangement to undertake 8 consecutive weeks of full-time block practice in secondary / primary / kindergarten / special / international schools or in relevant pre-school learning centers (for SEN children) Note 1 during the FE supervision period Note 3 in each FE, and teach at least 6 relevant periods Note 2 per week / per 5- to 7-day cycle in each FE throughout the block practice period.
All students should teach lesson(s) Note 4 which is/are able to demonstrate their abilities in teaching and catering for pupils with special needs in regular class settings / learning activities to support for student diversity. Each class should have at least 10 pupils Note 5.
Teaching practice in Physical Education lessons are not allowed unless the students are qualified to teach the subject by having the qualifications (Qualified Teacher Status). Proof should be provided.Note 1: refers to local schools/learning centers.
* This programme does not lead to a Certificate in Special Child Care Work.
The programme is open to serving teachers holding a Certificate in Education or a Certificate of the Teachers of Children with Special Educational Needs (TCSEN) or equivalent. Applicants without the above qualifications but possess other post-secondary qualifications at QF level 4 or above (such as Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma) and with experience in teaching or working with learners with learning difficulties or special needs can also apply.
Applicants may be required to attend admission interviews to demonstrate their suitability for the programme.
Tel: (852) 2948 6886
Miss Elsa Lo
Tel: (852) 2948 7105