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Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Special Needs) (Three-year Part-time)

Programme Code C3B002
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

Programme Aims

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.

Programme Features

Professional Upgrading

  • The programme raises participants' professional standards in special needs and inclusive education.

Choices of Electives

  • Participants may undertake elective courses according to their professional needs or interests and base on them to complete their Education Project.

Interactive Learning Mode

  • Participants will be encouraged to reflect and build on their practical experience in catering for learning diversity through communication and coordination with other participants in a stimulating teaching and learning environment.

Programme Structure

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.

Education Studies

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:

  • Perspectives in Special Education
  • Human Development
  • Developmental Challenges
  • School Guidance and Counselling
  • Whole School Approaches to Inclusive Practices
  • School-Family-Community Partnership

Specialised Studies

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:

  • Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
  • Different Cognitive and Perceptual Abilities
  • Language, Physical and Sensory Difficulties

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:

  • Understanding of SEN Students' Chinese Learning
  • Curriculum Adaptations for SEN Students' Chinese Learning
  • Intervention Strategies of Chinese Learning for SEN Students
  • Understanding the ESL Learning Profile of Students with SEN
  • Curriculum Adaptation in ESL Learning for Students with SEN
  • Interventions for ESL Students with SEN
  • Development of Mathematical Concepts and Skills
  • Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs
  • Using Technology for Inclusive Teaching in Mathematics
  • The Development of Musical Art
  • Strategies for Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs
  • Music Activity and Creativity Workshop
    Physical Education
  • Motor Development of Children with Special Needs
  • Teaching Physical Education to Students with Special Needs
  • Adapted Sports and Activities for Students with Disabilities
    Visual Arts
  • Child Development: Aesthetic and Creative Growth
  • Visual Arts for Special Needs: Issues, Planning & Strategies
  • New Trends in Visual Arts: Meeting Students' Diversity

Complementary Studies

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:

  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning #
  • Classroom Management Strategies for Effective Instruction #
  • Sex Education
  • Children’s Play
  • Positive Psychology and Teachers’ Well Being

# Participants without initial teacher training are required to take two additional courses (9 credit points in total).

Education Project

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.

Field Experience

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.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant lectures and / or courses, as appropriate.

Field Experience (FE) Requirements

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:

  1. For participants having a full-time teaching post in schools:
    to have a minimum of 4 teaching periods note 1 per week / cycle in the serving schools throughout the period of study in the programme.
  2. For participants without a full-time teaching post in schools:
    to make own arrangement to conduct a full-time block practice in schools to teach 4 to 8 teaching periods note 1 for consecutive 6 to 12 weeks during the specified supervision period in Year 2 and Year 3 respectively (i.e. at least 48 teaching periods note 1 in each academic year).
  3. Participants should teach lesson(s) which is/are able to demonstrate their abilities in teaching and catering for students with special needs. Each class should have not less than 10 students note 2.
  4. Participants without obtaining the qualifications (Qualified Teacher Status, QTS) to teach Physical Education are not allowed to conduct FE in Physical Education lessons.

Note 1: 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.

Professional Qualifications / Career Prospects

  • Graduates of the programme will be awarded with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree.
  • Graduates of the programme are eligible to apply as a Registered Teacher (Special Needs) at the Education Bureau.
  • Graduates may apply for teaching posts in primary, secondary and special schools if they meet the employment requirements as specified by individual schools.
  • Graduates may also work in organizations which provide service to children with special needs*.
  • Graduates of the programme may continue their professional development through postgraduate studies by pursuing Master's programmes. The University also offers Doctor of Education (EdD) programme and PhD programme for doctoral study in the various specialties.

* This programme does not lead to a Certificate in Special Child Care Work.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Admission Interviews

Applicants may be required to attend admission interviews to demonstrate their suitability for the programme.

Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Miss Elsa Lo
Tel: (852) 2948 7105