|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|
This Programme is the first add-on specialist degree in Hong Kong on special needs and inclusive education. The Programme, in line with the government's policy on integration, aims to provide specialist training for serving teachers or professionals to work effectively with students with special needs in mainstream schools or special education settings. It also aims to significantly enhance the competencies of teachers so that they are able to collaborate and develop effective teams within the realm of the whole school approach whether they are based in special education settings or resource centres.
This is a 3-year part-time in-service programme consisting of 60* credit points (cps). The programme is structured around 5 domains as follows:
|Education Studies (18 cps)||Specialised Studies (27 cps)||Complementary Studies (3 cps)||Education Project (6 cps)||Field Experience (6 cps)|
|6 Courses||Specialised Studies I
5 Courses (15 cps)
|1 Course||1 Project||Field Experience|
|Specialised Studies II
4 Courses (12 cps)
|Total : 60 cps|
* Participants without initial teacher training are required to take 6 additional cps related to teaching & learning and classroom management.
This domain aims to broaden participants' educational value, interests and skills in removing barriers to learning and educating the whole person. It helps participants develop new problem-solving strategies that are responsive to different learning needs of different classroom learners through a self-critical process. The courses are:
This domain comprises 2 study areas:
Specialised Studies I (Students with Learning Needs)
These courses are designed to meet the training needs of participants 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 students in the following 3 functional areas:
Participants are required to take 15 credit points of SSI. They are required to start with a compulsory foundation course (3 credit points) to acquire fundamental knowledge of different functional areas and can choose to focus on one area or study four courses (12 credit points) in different areas, depending on their needs and interests.
Specialised Studies II (Curriculum Development and Inclusive Teaching)
This area is designed to prepare participants for effective teaching in classrooms by sensitively responding to different individual and diverse needs. It enhances participants' understanding of the students' learning difficulties and equips them with a range of pedagogies that value diversity.
Participants are required to study a total of 4 courses, starting with a compulsory course "Curriculum and Assessment for Inclusive Education" to equip them with the basic principles of curriculum and assessment differentiation, particularly, but not exclusively, in inclusive settings. They can then choose to study 3 more courses in different subject areas depending on their needs and professional interests. The courses are:
This domain is designed to broaden participants' knowledge horizons. Participants are required to select one# course (3 credit points) from the varied choices on offer. Courses in this domain include the following:
# Participants without initial teacher training are required to take two additional courses (9 credit points in total).
This domain allows participants to pursue a relevant study of classroom practice in their own setting. Topics for the Project will emerge from participants' studies in Education Studies and Specialised Studies courses based on personal and professional interests. Participants 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. Participants will be provided with opportunities to apply and put theories learnt in the programme, and share and report on small groups collaborative teaching activities.
The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant lectures and / or courses, as appropriate.
During the course of study in the programme, participants are responsible for making their own arrangement to have relevant teaching in whole-day secondary / primary / kindergarten / special / international school or in relevant pre-school learning center (for SEN children) to fulfill the following FE requirements:
Each period normally refers to a 30-40 minutes duration
Note 2: For special schools or relevant pre-school learning centers (for SEN children), the minimum number of students in a class is 8 according to the actual class size.
* 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 students 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